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Miscellaneous tips related to performance, practice, pedagogy, and repertoire.

Transposition Tricks: Bass Clef

An old trick for reading concert-pitch bass clef. Many times at freelance gigs, I am expected to play at sight all sorts of music -...

Why Does my Hand Turn Green?

It was a long weekend of playing, as evidenced by a green-stained right hand in the picture below. Have you ever wondered why this happens?...

Tips on Auditioning Horns, Part I: Carl Geyer, Paxman 25, Patterson...

My main agenda for the Southwest Horn Conference (SWHC) - besides hearing concerts and talking shop - was to play on as many horns...

Tips for Educators, and an Evolving Pedagogy

Recently, as part of a session with brass colleagues at our AMEA all-state, I presented a session for music educators, "Tips to Improve your...

Tips on Auditioning Horns, Part II: Mouthpieces, Leadpipes, Hybrids and the...

At the Southwest Horn Conference (SWHC) a variety of Kruspe and Geyer type horns were available to try out. I currently play on a hybrid...

Tips for a Successful Recital Poster

UPDATE: 10/19/2010 - a revised graphic and final word. This is the time of year when academic music performance majors are planning recitals. A big factor...

Long-term Storage for a Brass Instrument

It's the summer and you might be putting your horn away for a few months. Or, perhaps you have more than one horn and...

PSA: What is up with Baritone Treble Clef Parts?

We get questions that are not always horn related and in the fall I had a question about baritone treble clef parts. I believe...

Tip of the Week: Play to the End of Time

Many years ago (in a location I cannot remember) I attended a concert of the Munich Philharmonic while they were on an American tour....

Is it a Reality Show? Tips on Auditions

This article of tips on taking auditions was originally posted to the site in early 2009, but was later cut (along with a large group...