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Entries from January 2020

Delivering a Polished Solo Performance

January 27th, 2020 · No Comments

Greetings, band students, and welcome to our third post designed to help you give an outstanding solo performance on your instrument! Today, we share 6 things to do on the day of your performance to make everything run smoothly. Before the Show: 1. Warm up at home. You never know if a venue will have [...]

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Winter Lip Care for Young Musicians

January 23rd, 2020 · No Comments

For wind and brass players, the condition of our lips can make or break our day in band. Playing is fun when our lips are soft, supple, and responsive…but dry, cracked, chapped lips can make playing feel awful! In the winter, we have to do a little extra work to protect our lips from the [...]

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Breathe New Life into Your Practice!

January 16th, 2020 · No Comments

For many young musicians, January can be a tough time to practice. Since we just had a nice, long break, we may feel very lazy, and the cold, gray weather doesn’t help. But January is also a great time to evaluate our practice, and make sure it’s as fun and effective as possible! Try asking [...]

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Preparing for a Successful Solo Performance – Part 2

January 9th, 2020 · No Comments

In our last post, we discussed some ways to get a strong start on preparing pieces for a solo performance. Today, we’ll learn three things every soloist should do as the show gets closer. 1. Work on style. When you’re in the early stages of practicing a solo piece, your focus tends to be on [...]

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Preparing for a Successful Solo Performance – Part 1

January 2nd, 2020 · No Comments

In band, we place most of our focus on learning to play well with a large group. However, performing alone on your instrument can be an exciting and rewarding challenge. Whether you want to prepare a solo to play at your church or temple, for a family gathering, or as part of a band concert, [...]

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