September 25, 2015

Imagine the following circumstances. 


  • You are called for a gig and when you show up some of your music has chord changes on it.  Were you able to pull it off, or did you abstain? 

  • You are on a recording session and the producer asks you to make something...

September 19, 2015

All through high-school, I was constantly presented with two options as a trumpeter.  Option 1, be a legit (ie: classical) trumpet player.  Option 2, be a jazzer.  These options were customarily presented as mutually exclusive, both by the attitudes and by the skills o...

September 12, 2015



The word "Networking" gives me nightmares filled with fake smiles, limp handshakes, empty eyes, and a sea of business cards. You won't catch me up late checking my LinkedIn page, searching for everyone I have ever met or endorsing everyone I know for skills...

September 5, 2015

The Difference Between Playing and Practicing: Pros and Cons to Both


Whether I’m teaching a lesson or speaking at a clinic, a reoccurring question I’m asked is “How many hours a day do you practice?” The assumption is either some ungodly high number or an incredibly lo...

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