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Why Trombonists Should Go For A Run

March 1st, 2010 · 1 Comment

When I was in high school, my trombone teacher had an endless supply of laments about the weak state of my lungs (and tone). Unfortunately for both of us, his instructions to “breathe deeper” and “fill up my lungs” lesson after lesson weren’t exactly getting results. But what DID get results was the day he [...]

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Andrew’s Teaching a Drumset Workshop…and Taking Your Questions!

February 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

Happy Monday, Summerglen friends! We’ve been insanely busy over here at the ‘glen. I’ve been working hard on setting up another after-school elementary band and some creativity workshops for businesspeople, and Andrew has been out playing solo percussion shows! (Pics of his latest show will be up within the next couple of days!) But the [...]

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The Best Professionals are Still Students

December 5th, 2009 · No Comments

As I was packing up my scores after a Wiley Band rehearsal earlier this week, a parent asked me why I was taking my music home. “To study,” I said. The parent replied with surprise, “But why do YOU need to study? You’re a professional!” Without even knowing it, this lady had answered her own [...]

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Go Andrew Go!

November 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

It has truly been the year of the book here at Summerglen Music. Back in June, Christina published her Women Embracing Creativity book, and now Andrew has a book of his own as well–Building Grooves: A Beginner’s Guide to Drumset Control and Coordination! Andrew’s proof copy came in the mail today, and it looks great! [...]

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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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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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When You Need to Practice But Don’t Want To

October 20th, 2008 · No Comments

Today I worked with a student who absolutely detests scales. You can tell they’re the low point of his day, and that often, he’ll avoid practicing them altogether. I know the feeling, because I have that same dread when it comes to improvisation. Once I get started, I can improvise for hours. But getting started, [...]

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Our Students are Awesome!

September 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Sometimes when I hear other musicians going on about how many students they have, and how late they have to teach, etc., it’s easy to second-guess myself and start to worry if something’s wrong with my more relaxed teaching schedule. “Why don’t I have 50 students every week?” I ask, and the answer comes clearly, [...]

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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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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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