Free Arban!

No, this isn’t a movement to have the political prisoner, Arban, freed from prison. This is a link from the University of Rochester of the entire Complete Conservatory Method of Jean Baptiste Arban to his entire Complete Conservatory Method on pdf. This is now in the Public Domain. You can download it from there in…

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Beta Blockers – Oh What a Tangled Web…

An Article from the NY Times, November 2004 in its entirety Better Playing Through Chemistry For the Record RUTH ANN McCLAIN, a flutist from Memphis, used to suffer from debilitating onstage jitters. “My hands were so cold and wet, I thought I’d drop my flute,” Ms. McClain said recently, remembering a performance at the National…

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Back, Backslidden and 23

OK. It’s not that I haven’t been playing. In fact, I’ve been playing a lot. This past weekend I had a concert with the Cumberland Brass Band and the Country Gentlemen Jazz Quartet, as well as doing a recording session for Rod Wilson’s blues CD. So I’ve been busy. However, my SADP sessions have been…

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The Need for Sharps

This picture is of me and my friend Lexie. Lexie is a high school guitar player, and demonstrates a good reason for trumpeters to learn to improvise well in sharps. As bad as playing in the key of B is in trumpet, it is just as problematic for a guitarist to play in Eb (our…

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On to Number 22!

As I am working through the Systematic Approach to Daily Practice by Claude Gordon. I am now busking through study number 22. I took last week off, but feeling fairly good. This study introduces the work of Saint-Jacome. He was also a great french cornettist in the time of Arban. In fact there were some…

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“Fake book” gig

Last night I played a “Fake book” gig. What is that?!? Imagine a quartet of jazz musicians (like us last night). No real set playlist, and one of the members simply calling out a tune in the “Fake Book”. Everyone turns to it, nods and plays an eight minute rendition of the song. Sounds legit,…

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Hey Nineteen…

I am on Week nineteen of the Systematic Approach to Daily Practice by Claude Gordon. It is going really well. I am actually enjoying this lessons a lot more lately. I am taking time to work the etudes, and not being terribly concerned about getting it done in a week per etude. I’m also spending…

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A Plastic Mouthpiece? Really?

I am admittedly having a dickens of a time focusing on the SADP material, there is no great cause except lack of focus. However, I think I am ready to buckle down this week and pour it on. Along with Cumberland Brass Band, which seems to be building up nicely, we are starting to get…

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