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Entries from November 2008

No Time to Practice? How to Enjoy Your Time Off…and Still Practice!

November 24th, 2008 · No Comments

Greetings, everyone, and welcome to the third post in our series about fitting practice into your schedule during the busy holiday season. Today we talk Time Off! One of the best parts of the holidays is all the time off from school and work. No daily grind! No alarm clock! Ahhh! During our time off, [...]

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No Time To Practice? Car Trip Tips

November 20th, 2008 · No Comments

This is the second post in our series about fitting practice into your schedule during the busy holiday season. Today, we tackle a very common holiday dilemma–how to practice when you’re driving to visit far-off relatives! If your family’s car is packed to the roof to visit your Aunt Bertha, and your trombone won’t fit, [...]

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No Time To Practice? Do What You Can!

November 19th, 2008 · 1 Comment

It’s getting to be that time of year when things get crazy-busy for the holidays. Between shopping for gifts, trekking across the country visiting relatives, and playing holiday concerts, it can be difficult to find time to practice and become a better musician. This week on the Summerglen blog, we’ll share some tips to help [...]

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Tags: Practice Tips · Trombones

The Benefits of Buzzing

November 14th, 2008 · No Comments

During the last week, I’ve seen phenomenal results from brass students’ spending time buzzing on the mouthpiece–results so great, I must encourage you fine readers to take some time today to buzz! When I was a younger trombonist, few of my teachers were strong advocates of buzzing. I got the impression that buzzing was just [...]

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Tags: music education · Practice Tips

Being Grateful for the November Summerglen Times!

November 10th, 2008 · No Comments

Our newest issue of The Summerglen Times is hot off the presses! With Thanksgiving coming up, we’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude, especially in terms of how it relates to young musicians. When you’re learning to play an instrument, it often can be easy to focus on the negative–all the bad auditions you have [...]

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Tags: Practice Tips · Summerglen News

A New Day

November 5th, 2008 · No Comments

I haven’t been blogging, but it’s been for an important cause. We dig Barack Obama here at Summerglen–we’ve had our Obama sign out since before the primaries. And throughout his campaign, we’ve been knocking on doors, talking to our families, and paying attention to what’s going on in the world, really for the first time. [...]

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