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Music, Creativity, and Everyday Life at Summerglen Music in Raleigh, NC

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Entries from August 2008

Mindful, Grateful, Musical

August 26th, 2008 · No Comments

Often, people comment on how fun my line of work must be. After all, I get to “play” for a living! While it’s true that being a musician is a super-cool job, it’s definitely not all fun and games. Like my grandmother said, “The work must be done in order to play.” As an independent [...]

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Tags: creativity · staying healthy

When a Band is Like Family

August 25th, 2008 · No Comments

On Friday evening, I had the pleasure of playing with my favorite band, Keith Henderson and the Illusions. Why are they my favorite band to play with? Well, Keith Henderson puts on quite a show, and he’s won numerous awards for his tribute to Elvis. And all the guys in the band are excellent musicians [...]

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Tags: a day in the life · Live Music · musical collaboration

A Month and A Week of Focused Practice, and…

August 20th, 2008 · No Comments

Back in July, I committed to a monthlong practice project to help me take my trombone playing to the next level. One of the major elements of this project was the set of goals I created to guide my practice–and the great thing about goals is that they keep you accountable! So, here’s my progress [...]

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Tags: Practice Tips · Trombones

So, Why Trombone Choirs?

August 19th, 2008 · No Comments

I’ve written on this blog and in several other places about this summer’s student trombone choirs, and how exciting it’s been to work with them. But I haven’t written much about the reasons for my excitement–the amazing transformative powers of chamber music! The defining characteristic of chamber music is that only one person plays each [...]

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Tags: music education

DUDE! Great Trombone Choir Show!

August 17th, 2008 · No Comments

The Summerglen trombone choirs had a great show this evening! We totally packed Loco Lu’s, and all the choirs played very well. Thanks to The Chicktones, The Thursday Afternoon Guys, and the Ascension Trombone Choir for a wonderful evening of music!

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Tags: Live Music · Trombones

Gritty Recordings for Your Enjoyment

August 11th, 2008 · No Comments

I’ve just uploaded some new videos of the Summerglen Duo on our sounds page. These videos are samples from a couple of our All Around Raleigh shows, so if you’re interested, please check them out! All these videos were recorded on a cheap digital camera in noisy public places (mostly outdoors), and have gone through [...]

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Tags: Live Music · Summerglen News

Having a Good Time Making Connections

August 9th, 2008 · No Comments

The Inside919 Community Picnic went well today! We didn’t have throngs of people in attendance, but it ended up being a great chance to just hang out and chat with other business owners (with the occasional pit stops for hot dogs, photography classes, and drumming!) Networking meetings are cool; you get a chance to meet [...]

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Tags: a day in the life · music business

The Importance of Having a Good Teacher

August 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

As I’ve worked through my new technical routine, I’ve done a lot of tailoring to make each exercise fit where I am and where I’m going as a trombonist. It feels like I was given a pair of pants that was far too long, so I hemmed up the legs so they wouldn’t drag the [...]

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Tags: music education · Practice Tips

Goals with Minds of Their Own

August 4th, 2008 · No Comments

I just completed the first half of my trombone practice project, and I’m definitely on a different path than I originally set out to follow. As I’ve worked on goals in the past, I’ve learned that sometimes plans go their own way, and that often that way is exactly right! Earlier in the month, when [...]

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Tags: creativity · Practice Tips · Trombones