Like I mentioned in my post a few days ago about optimizing your practice sessions by using ship dates, the All-District auditions for Kentucky are happening over the next couple of weeks, with lots of playing tests and chair auditions occurring around the same time (and usually on the same music). […]

Reducing Frustration and Rage Quitting During Practice


It’s getting pretty close to All-District and All-State auditions here in Kentucky. That means that lots of students are starting to feel the pressure to get their audition music finalized. Of course, these students that are stressing most about the audition are the same students that have been practicing in […]

Practice Strategy: Use Ship Dates to Optimize Practice Time



Project Fi frustration
I’ve written a little bit about Google’s cell phone provider – Project Fi. You can read a bit about Project Fi here and a bit about data savings for Project Fi here. In general, my wife and I have been pretty happy with the Fi service and savings. Be warned: […]

Stay Away from Project Fi – Maybe


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So, I’ve been using my as an electronic music reader for the past several months, and I thought a bit of an update from my original post was in order for those of you that may be curious or considering making the switch for yourself. Advantages Handy Music One the […]

Electronic Music Readers – An Update



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It’s almost August, which means that it’s time to start preparing for All-State (once band camp is finished, that is)! To make things a bit easier, hopefully, I’ve made recordings of the two French horn All-State/All-District etudes at their recommended tempos with some practice tips! The two etudes this year […]

2017-2018 All-State Etudes (+Recordings and Tips)


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As both a classical musician and a fan of technology, I’m always looking for ways to combine these two to improve both my playing and my teaching. Since I destroyed a music bag last year by overloading it, I’ve been looking for a better way to carry around music for […]

Electronic Music Readers – iPads, Android, and More



It’s been a bit long in coming, but I’ve finally added a new post to my French Horn Boot Camp series – this time I’ve covered fingering charts. Things I’ve covered: The Hidden Problem with Fingering Charts While horn fingering charts are pretty simple in general, they don’t give you all the […]

New French Horn Boot Camp Page: Fingering Charts


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In honor of releasing his newest CD, “No Limits”, Frank Lloyd has put together three different videos describing his playing and I thought his video about hand-stopping was quite interesting. Hand-stopping – How AND Why In the video, he describes a bit about the specific technique of hand-stopping, but he […]

The Theory Behind Stopping The Horn