The Summerglen Files

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

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Tons of Awesome Playing Tips for Trombonists…

February 17th, 2011 · No Comments

I stumbled upon this great post on the Trombone-L discussion list, and had to share it. Basically, this guy went to one of Joe Alessi’s trombone seminars, and then ever-so-kindly posted his notes for the benefit of trombonekind: Each of these tips is an absolute gem. And speaking of gems, here’s an Alessi performance. [...]

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This is Your Trombone on Yoga

January 21st, 2011 · 3 Comments

I’ve been studying Anusara yoga for several months and thoroughly enjoying it, and lately I’ve felt the urge to learn even more. So, last Saturday, I took a class on how to practice yoga at home. The class was really interesting, but not just because it deepened my knowledge about yoga–it also was a great [...]

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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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Sick Day at Summerglen

November 11th, 2009 · No Comments

There’s been some kind of nasty tropical weather system passing over Summerglen for the past couple of days, and it’s made my sinuses and head quite, er, hostile toward trombone playing. During cold and flu season each year, many trombonists are in this same boat, facing the not-so-fun possibility of having to play sick. So, [...]

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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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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

Practice and Creativity in the January Summerglen Times

January 14th, 2009 · No Comments

The January issue of the Summerglen Times is hot off the presses! In this month’s issue, we tackle some of the most common mistakes people make in practice, and introduce our new column, the Creativity Corner. Mistakes can be our best teachers; when we experience something that doesn’t work, it often makes it much easier [...]

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No Time To Practice? Practice More with Planning

December 1st, 2008 · No Comments

Greetings, and welcome to the fourth post in our series about fitting in practice during the busy holiday season. Today, we talk about the value of planning. During vacations from school and work, it can be tempting to just chill out and let each day run its course, letting whatever happens, happen. Unfortunately for us [...]

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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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