Developing Your Flute Embouchure

For some of my teenage years, I was the solo clarinetist with the “International Youth Symphony,” which was, at the time, an orchestra made up of members from lower southeast Michigan and southwest Ontario. As a clarinetist, I never had to worry much about how my embouchure needed to change to get different notes on … Read more

Ten Things I Learned From Jamey Aabersold

If you’ve been playing jazz or blues for any length of time, you’re probably familiar with Jamey Aebersold.​ Jamey is the father of the playalong CDFor those of you who don’t know who he is, Jamie is the father of the play-along CD series for learning jazz improvisation. By his website, there are 133 books in his series of … Read more

Four Benefits To Practicing Slowly

Rehearsing your instrument slowly has its own rewards.It’s pretty much any sax player’s wish that he or she could pick up the sax and play like greased lightening. A good solo is always awesome. But a fast solo is like a good martial arts trick. It leaves everyone in awe and almost worshipping the musician for … Read more

Focus On One Thing

Sometimes it can be overwhelming to try to figure out where to start down a road to getting to where you want to go. If you’re floundering with conflicting feelings about how or what to practice, or where to start, sometimes you just have to start somewhere,  and go from there.Read more

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