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Entries from May 2008

The Benefits of Getting Out There

May 31st, 2008 · No Comments

As I said in the last post, since I’ve lived here I’ve always wondered why there aren’t more musicians out playing in public. So this summer, instead of wondering, I’ve decided to become one of those musicians! For the past couple of days, Andrew and I have gone around town scouting for places to play, [...]

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Tags: music business · musical collaboration

My Summer Job

May 28th, 2008 · No Comments

After a relaxing Memorial Day weekend, Andrew and I hit the park to start our new summer “job”, playing outdoors in downtown Raleigh. Since moving to Raleigh six years ago, I thought it was a shame that there were all these nice wide sidewalks and parks in downtown Raleigh, but there was only ONE street [...]

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Tags: a day in the life · Live Music

Insulating the Studio

May 20th, 2008 · No Comments

For a percussionist especially, soundproofing a home studio can be an ongoing saga–and Andrew’s drumset studio here at Summerglen is no exception. Generally, the sound quality in the studio is good, but the house in general doesn’t have much insulation, which leads to lots of sound bleeding outside when Andrew plays. (Our place was built [...]

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Tags: a day in the life · Summerglen News

Bravo to the Governor Morehead School Musicians!

May 17th, 2008 · No Comments

On Thursday evening, Andrew and I took a trip to The Governor Morehead School to check out their year-end band and chorus concert. We first visited the school, which serves students with visual impairments, about a month ago when we led a workshop with their kindergarteners and first graders. The kids we met were so [...]

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Tags: Live Music

The Joy of Chart-Writing

May 15th, 2008 · 2 Comments

For the past few days, I’ve been dedicating large chunks of time to writing charts for my salsa band, The Tropic Orchestra, and it’s been an EXCELLENT learning experience. As a classical musician, I’m used to having my parts handed to me in a folder at rehearsal, or mailed to me a couple weeks before [...]

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Tags: Practice Tips

Christina Gets Interviewed

May 14th, 2008 · No Comments

If you want to know some random things about me, check out this post on Katherine Reschke’s blog, Passions that Pay. Katherine wanted to learn more about the people who visit her blog, so she sent us these fun email interviews to complete. Thanks, Katherine, for the interview!

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Tags: Summerglen News

Summerglen’s May Newsletter – How to Practice in a Healthy Way

May 12th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Our May issue of The Summerglen Times is up and ready to read! This issue of the Times features the second in a series of three articles dedicated to helping you practice more effectively. This article deals with the physical aspects of playing music, and shares tips on how to take care of your body [...]

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Tags: Practice Tips · Summerglen News

Musical Symbiosis

May 8th, 2008 · No Comments

Andrew and I have been working on getting a new band together, and of course that means making charts! Our first rehearsal will be this weekend, so we set a deadline of today to have charts and mp3s ready for all our band members. Taking a bunch of songs off the record and making accurate [...]

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Tags: musical collaboration · Practice Tips

Band Member or Hired Gun?

May 6th, 2008 · No Comments

The choice between actually joining a band or just acting as a “hired gun” for a gig here or there has come up quite a few times in my career; in fact, it’s gotten my attention again very recently. I tend to enjoy the challenge of coming into a group, learning the material thoroughly, and [...]

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Tags: a day in the life

Best Seat in the House

May 2nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

This evening I played 3rd trombone in Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah with the Northeast Piedmont Chorale. The work itself is beautiful, and it’s easy to hear the influences of Bach and Handel (a couple of Mendelssohn’s favorites), as well as shades of the Romantic era when the piece was composed. Mendelssohn gave us low brass players [...]

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Tags: a day in the life · Live Music · Trombones