Present Time

I bought, not long ago, the Buzzing Book, by James Thompson. During my initial reading, there was a small column on the concept of “Present Time”. This was a very good reminder for me. I am a self-diagnosed, A-D-D sufferer. It can be pretty bad sometimes, as a player I could have moments of triumph,…

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Logging practice time

I have spent this first semester of teaching college applied lessons (among other things) watching others practice habits. Generally, we don’t enforce good practice habits on ourselves and on others that we teach. So I have put into place a very simple Brass Practice Log to help me stay focused. I write down Date/Times/Health etc. I…

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Hydration

One thing that I am learning is the importance, and my inefficiency in keeping hydrated. As a staunch coffee drinker (and the occasional soda). I have little taste for pure, unadulterated rain. I don’t mind it, just not a go-to beverage. However, I am starting to be able to hear it in my trumpet playing,…

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Festival of Hymns

Yesterday (Sunday, October 12, 2014) I had the opportunity to play in the Festival of Hymns along with trumpeter and friend David Corkern (on right). Here we are playing on “How Great Thou Art”. The opportunity to play for the Kingdom has become my passion in life. I am so blessed to do it. Hannibal-LaGrange…

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Book: “How To Make Your Band Sound Great”

Re-reading a book I bought four years ago, “How to Make Your Band Sound Great” by Bobby Owslinski. I forgot how remarkable and complete this book is. In the first section, Owslinski shares thoughts on each rock band instrument. Sonic considerations, mic placement, etc. The Second section is about putting the group together. Mixing ideas…

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Inserting a new thing on Number 28

I am on Week 28 on Claude Gordon, Systematic Approach to Daily Practice and I am making a modification. Instead of doing the recommended Clarke Characteristic Studies as the technical element, I am doing the fourteen Arban’s Characteristic Studies (you can download here). I just figured, it has really been since college (25-ahem-years) since I really…

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A must for every music director

Since being a music student in college, 25 years afo, I owned, lost – owned, gave away, and current;y owned a copy of Handy Manual Fingering Charts for Instrumentalists by Clarence V. Hendrickson. This pocket-sized booklet fingerings for all instruments, String positions, The Thirteen Rudiments of the National Rudimental Drummers Association, Transposition Chart and Compass…

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Time on Claude Gordon

As I am in a new position with Hannibal-LaGrange University, teaching classes, applied lessons, symphonic band and a vocal ensemble known as Praise Song, I have got to be very intentional in my practice time. This is why the Systematic Approach is so useful. I walk in to the office at 9AM and I know exactly what…

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