Seth Godin’s blogs and podcasts have been a relatively frequent topic on this blog (and they’ll probably continue to be in the future), but his Akimbo podcast episode from October 10, 2018 really stuck with me. Entitled “You’re It”, this episode has the overarching theme of how the internet has […]

The gate is open. Don’t wait to be chosen


Yo-Yo Ma is one of the most iconic classical musicians of the last 30-plus years. His recordings of the Bach Cello Suites (made in the early 1980’s, the late 1990’s, and in 2017) have shown an incredible ability to capture the musical essence of Bach, and they also serve as […]

Yo-Yo Ma and Doug Yeo on Changes and Choices



It’s been about two years since I became a tad obsessed with trying to be as efficient as possible. In those two years, I’ve done a lot of app jumping, and I’m finally settling into some apps I like. I did a brief overview of some of the apps I […]

My 2019 Productivity Setup


The is an old “rule” that’s commonly used in business, but I think that it has some great application in the music world too. The 80/20 Principle: In Brief The basic idea of the 80/20 Principle (also called the Pareto Principle) is that in most cases, 80% (or so) of […]

Do More in Less Time: 80/20 Your Practice Next Year



As with any new Apple product, the (released along with and ) have created quite a buzz in the tech industry. While the new iPads are incredible from a CPU standpoint (outperforming 92% of other laptops, including many of Apple’s own), the inclusion of a USB-C port instead of the […]

Apple’s New iPad Port Adds to USB-C Mess


I’ve put up a new article in my French Horn Bootcamp series! This time the topic is everyone’s favorite – lip trills! Whether you’ve been playing for a year or a decade, learning the technique(s) involved in a good lip trill is an important technique. Even if you never use them in public, […]

New Bootcamp Article: Lip Trills



I’ve talked about Project Fi before. It’s an exciting and new twist on cell phone service – fairly cheap cell service, but you pay for only what you use. Down to the megabyte! The data rate is not super cheap – $10/gig – but you only pay for what you […]

2 New(ish) Options for Cell Plans: Never Overpay Again


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Since I’ve started this website, I’ve been slowly (very slowly) trying to write down exercises and other materials for my students and other horn players to use. While I was doing this I quickly realized that trying to do it by hand wasn’t going to work – my handwriting is […]

2018 Music Notation Software Options