Monthly Archives: April 2013

Life after College: The 5 Essentials for Every New Music Graduate

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Congratulations, new music graduate! You have your music degree at last. You are now officially prepared to commence life as […]


I was a Question on Jeopardy

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I was a question on Jeopardy. Well, not exactly. Here’s the story. The answer was, “Composer Lowell Liebermann wrote a […]


Three Reasons Why Singing Will Improve Your Playing

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If you can sing it, you can play it. Well, maybe not quite, but it is true that singing is […]


7 Ways to Eliminate Distraction and Get Focused

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Distraction is one of my major problems, and I suspect I am not alone. When I was a young music […]


No Boring Scales Part 2

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In Monday’s post, I wrote about ways to energize your scale practice. I received a number of comments and questions […]


Why Your Performance Matters

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Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something. – Frank Zappa […]


Bored with Scales? 5 Variations to Keep You Motivated

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Scales are the biggest proving ground of your technique and musicianship. While you may have been playing scales since you […]


Do you need a coach?

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Working with a coach can make a big difference in how you play. Look at the staff of any baseball […]


Playing Music: The Good Parts

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We love the good parts. The best scene in the movie, our favorite chocolate in the box, the center of […]


When Opportunity Knocks

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When an opportunity comes to you, how do you decide whether or not to pursue it? What factors should you […]