March 9, 2020

Some other things you may consider, along these same principals, is varying your dynamics (playing the opposite as what is written or playing more than what is written), and changing the rhythms.  I would say that changing the rhythm is one of my favorite ways of practicing - and, it is much more aligned with the...

November 5, 2017

There exist two camps in the realm of breathing..... 

1.  Take as much as you need

2.  Take a full breath

People, especially on the internet, are often confused by each of these; which method is better than the other, what is the preferred method, how do you know what to do, etc.  Yet, all it takes is a simple example...

September 28, 2017

(before anyone asks, yes, this is my ugly mug of an embouchure... a little grainy, just like me).

A thought.....  the CORNERS - are they important to the stability of the embouchure?  Absolutely!  In fact, your corners should not move - or at the very least, they should move extremely little....

July 28, 2017

Ok, all....  grab your popcorn for this one!  I couldn't find any popcorn, so I'll grab some noodles.

Intonation...  Other than the general sound you produce on your instrument, not much matters as much as your intonation does.  If you ask me, intonation is part of that same sound concept - it's all part of the...

June 27, 2017

Getting back into it is hard, period.  I haven't touch my instrument for more than six weeks.  Without going into too many details, I had to stop playing for awhile.  Now, after 6 weeks or so, I have the daunting task of getting back into top playing shape - and I need to do this as carefully and efficiently as I c...

May 14, 2017

​How do you get to Carnegie Hall?  Practicing helps, but we all know by now that practice makes permanent, not necessarily better.  So, what can we do to get our practicing to that next level?  

Practice without your ax!  That's right, when we put down our instrument and focus on other aspects, it only str...

April 24, 2017

In English y Español

Let's face it, practicing can get boring!  I for one need to inspire myself and set specific goals.  I can't just practice for practice's sake, I need to be actively learning something and it needs to be fun.  Fun.... that's where this new app comes in:

I stumbled across this app -...

February 19, 2017

The title could be "Any Audition", really.  But, after yet another year of auditions here at USC, I felt the need to share a few ideas in regards to auditioning.  In no particular order:

1.  You need to be on-time.  And by on-time, I mean early.  Sometimes auditions run early.

2.  It's ok to be ne...

February 2, 2017

(This Article is in English)  I offer you an interview with author and trumpeter, Alejandra Rosas Olvera (México).  She is the author of the book Rafael Méndez: Homage to the Mexican Trumpeter.  I's a new book about the life of the trumpet legend that is extremely interesting, with photos, history, and his importan...

January 24, 2017


 

(Artículo en Español/Article is in Spanish)  Aquí les ofrezco una entrevista con la Señorita Alejandra Rosas Olvera.  Ella es la autor del libro Rafael Méndez: homenaje al trompetista mexicano.  Es un nuevo libro sobre la vida del trompetista, muy interesante, con imágenes, historias, y su importancia dentro el m...

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