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Entries from March 2009

Creative Practice Tips of the Day

March 30th, 2009 · No Comments

When young trombonists think of practice, they may think of running through their band music or scales. The problem here is, the scales are usually run the same way every time, and the band music is often just played through, top to bottom. To become a great trombonist, it’s wise to mix things up in [...]

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Practice Tips of the Day

March 20th, 2009 · No Comments

It’s getting to be that time of year when band directors hold auditions for next year’s groups, and several young trombonists have come by Summerglen asking what they can do to make that top band. Here a couple of tips to help! 1. Get lessons as soon as possible! Often, we hear ourselves play and [...]

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Meditation and Music Makin’ – Leaving our Expectations Behind

March 14th, 2009 · No Comments

At a Buddhist meditation session I attended a couple weeks ago, a fellow participant expressed concern that she wasn’t able to stay as focused as she would have liked during the meditation. She said that the last time she meditated, she was very “in the zone,” so she thought she would have been even further [...]

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Tags: a day in the life · creativity · Practice Tips

Overthinking in the Aftermath

March 9th, 2009 · No Comments

As many of you know, I just finished writing my very first book, Women Embracing Creativity: Unleashing Your Inner Artist. Writing the book was a lot of work, but it was fun work. I’m really good at showing up and doing what needs to be done day after day without worrying what the future may [...]

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Tags: a day in the life · creativity · staying healthy

Book’s Done!

March 1st, 2009 · No Comments

My first book, Women Embracing Creativity: Unleashing Your Inner Artist is finished! (So….now I can get back to blogging about trombones and other music-related things on a regular basis!) I’m self-publishing the book on Lulu, so it should probably be released within the next couple of months. I’ll keep you posted!

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