July 30, 2020

We have all been affected by covid-19.  Especially musicians and others that count on a multitude of people to gather together and participate.  Among the musicians most affected are wind and brass musicians, for obvious reasons.  So, we've been delegated to our own private studios.

I have participated in...

June 13, 2020

Como deberemos estudiar?  Claro que mejorando nuestra técnica de aprender es la mejor manera de progresar, pero cuales son las guías para hacerlo?  Mejor dicho, cuales son la guías simples para hacerlo?  Y luego, en cuál orden?

Por este tema, aquí les tengo las diapositivas de la presentación que hi...

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, nothing

 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...

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