Since I’ve become a bit of a productivity nut, one new thing I’m going to try out over the next few months is adding some reviews of some of the best books that I read that I find insightful, inspiring, or just plain useful. I’m going to start this off […]

Book Review: The War of Art by Steve Pressfield


With school fast approaching (or for some, already here) this mid-June post by Seth Godin is worth keeping in mind when you are attempting to get better at any skill. I’ve written about Seth Godin before (you can find the posts here and here), and if you never heard of him, he’s […]

The Importance of “Yet”



The International Horn Society is having its 50th IHS Symposium this week in Muncie, IN at Ball State University and hosted by Gene Berger. You can find out some more information about the symposium and its schedule on the Official IHS 50 website. If you’re a horn nerd (or an […]

IHS 50th Symposium is THIS WEEK!


If you’ve been in band or orchestra for any length of time, then the constant badgering from directors, sectional coaches, and private teachers to “practice your scales” is probably very familiar. If you’ve taught band, orchestra, sectionals, or private lessons, then the almost-automatic eye roll from students when you tell them […]

Scales, Caring, and Cursing



Earlier this year I got an email from a developer, asking me to review a new tuner app. It looked interesting, and while I am just now getting around to it (sorry!), here is my look at the available on iOS. Hz Intonation Images Hz Intonation At-A-Glance Review Pros: Simple […]

App Review: Hz Intonation


It probably comes as no surprise, but being a professional musician comes with a lot of compromises to a “normal” lifestyle. Odd working hours, working on holidays, needing to maintain a high baseline level of playing; the behind-the-scenes of a musician is not always glamorous. For me, at least, that […]

Can You Practice on Vacation WITHOUT Your Instrument?



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I posted awhile ago about moving from paper to digital music (you can find the original article here, and an update posted after a few months here), and so far I’ve quite enjoyed the change. While the vast majority of people who use digital music readers use iPads, I elected […]

Life with a Chromebook – 1 Year In


Looking for a bit of online horn reading for your summer break? A new (to me, at least) resource on the University of Iowa’s Horn Studio page has a fairly comprehensive list of instruments played by today’s biggest names in horn playing. It doesn’t have every single horn player, of […]

Some Links for Summer Horn Reading