Monthly Archives: January 2013

Don’t Worry About the Future: An Unexpected Reminder from Our Antebellum Past

Let me begin today by confessing something to you, dear reader. I am a worrier. A first-class, almost constant worrier. Terribly so. Sinfully so. Perhaps that last adverb surprised you. “Sinfully? Sinfully? You mean you sin by worrying?” Yep, that’s … Continue reading

Posted in Civil War, Economics, History, Practical Christianity, The Future, Theology, Worry

Spring 2013 Concerts and Activities Preview

The Spring 2013 semester at Ole Miss will begin on Tuesday (January 22). This is a week later than many colleges and universities, the break having been extended in order to accommodate more January intersession courses. I am happy to … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Music, Performances, Repertoire, Tenor Trombone, Trombone

Trombone versus Euphonium and Tuba: The Most Basic Differences in Approach

Although my graduate-level training was primarily as a trombonist, for the majority of my time teaching at the university level I have also taught euphonium and tuba. For a college or university to have a “low brass” professor rather than … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Doubling, Euphonium, Music, Playing Fundamentals, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

“Gadgets and Gizmos:” Yamaha Trombone Slide Oil

The handslide presents a number of difficulties peculiar to trombonists. Besides the inherent difficulty of learning to operate the slide with skill and efficiency, maintaining optimum mechanical function also is a challenge that requires constant attention. For one thing, the … Continue reading

Posted in "Gadgets and Gizmos", Accessories, Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Low Brass Resources, Music, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Trombone Lubricants, Yamaha Trombone Slide Oil