February 19, 2016

As musicians we are constantly judging and evaluating our progress based on a variety of benchmarks. Whether we are learning a new solo, increasing our range, or trying to speed up our triple tonguing, we often lose sight of the most important and fundamental issue….ou...

February 5, 2016

Today, I’m going to be talking to you about a very special and often misunderstood corner of brass pedagogy.  Yes, I’m talking about the brass method of Carmine Caruso.  The supposed “high-note” or “chops” method.  In this article I will explain the philosophy behind t...

October 2, 2015

Why use a Practice Routine?

 

Routines can be a performer’s best friend when done well and an enormous waste of time and energy when done poorly. A routine can help ensure that we hit all the important fundamentals required to play our instrument well in a sequence that...

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...

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