Category Archives: Arnold Jacobs

Three Areas of Tension that Brass Players Miss

Brass instruments are amazingly simple devices. In their simplest form, these “lip-reed aerophones” as Anthony Baines called them are just tubes into one end of which players vibrate their lips to generate musical tones. The overtone series native to a … Continue reading

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“Uncle Micah, Will You Sing?”

My sister’s daughter, CJ, is five now, and after a long period of being not all that sure about Uncle Micah has, I think, decided that I’m an okay guy. Or at least tolerable. For the first four or so … Continue reading

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Finding Strength in Weakness: A Comparison Between Brass Playing and the Christian Life

  Weakness is your friend. Strength is your enemy. Blow air, don’t ‘support’ it. –Arnold Jacobs (1915-1998) Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (Psalm … Continue reading

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On “Minimal Motors”

One of the great regrets of my musical education was that I was never able to arrange for a lesson with renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra tubist Arnold Jacobs (1915-1998). I was not far into my undergraduate career when I first … Continue reading

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“How it Goes:” a Missing Element in Many Students’ Thinking

During several low brass lessons last week I observed students that were playing their solo pieces or exercises reasonably well (not great) and then would suddenly stop after a minor problem and spend several seconds trying to regroup before continuing. … Continue reading

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