Category Archives: Daily Routine

Musical Ability is Not Fixed

For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Worldview, Daily Routine, Education, Higher Education, Music, Music and Theology, Pedagogy, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass

Summer Practice Suggestions for Low Brass Players

At the time of this posting wind, brass, and percussion juries at Ole Miss are half completed, so my students have either already begun or are preparing to begin their summer breaks. Some will be working at various jobs, some … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Auditions, Bass Trombone, Daily Routine, Education, Euphonium, Higher Education, Low Brass Resources, Method Books, Music, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

Addressing the Valsalva Maneuver in Brass Players

Earlier this week a very prominent (and much better than me!) brass player asked in an online forum if the Valsalva maneuver was still a problem seen with brass players, as he had not heard much about it recently. As … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Breathing, Daily Routine, Euphonium, Low Brass Resources, Music, Music Education, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba, Valsalva Maneuver

Retractions

One unhappy yet universal trait of our race is that human beings are fallible. The Christian accepts this as axiomatic to his worldview; only God is perfect and man even in his pre-Fall state was not. After the introduction of … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Worldview, Daily Routine, Micah Everett, Music, Playing Fundamentals, Practical Christianity, Practicing, Reading and Study, Teaching Low Brass

Three Overall Organizing Principles for Doublers

Regular readers of this blog are by now probably tired of posts about doubling, the last several of which have served in part to promote my recent book The Low Brass Player’s Guide to Doubling. I apologize for that and plan … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Conferences, Daily Routine, Doubling, Euphonium, Low Brass Resources, Method Books, Micah Everett, Music, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, The Low Brass Player's Guide to Doubling, Trombone, Tuba

“But I’m a Music Education Major!”

My apologies for failing to post anything here last week. April is a busy month in all university music programs, I’m sure, and ours is no exception. Given the volume of work and the lack of available time, to forego … Continue reading

Posted in Career Choices, Daily Routine, Education, Higher Education, Music, Music Education, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Scales and Arpeggios, Teaching Low Brass

“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

Posted in Alto Trombone, Arnold Jacobs, Bass Trombone, Daily Routine, Euphonium, Low Brass Resources, Music, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Recordings, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba