This article by Justin O’Beirne about the difference between Google Maps and Apple Maps is pretty fascinating – even if you’re not a cartography nerd. This article not only details the differences between the companies map products but also illustrates the vast amounts of data and automation that have caused Google […]

Google Maps vs. Apple Maps


I recently stumbled across TromboneTools.com, a website by David Vining. David Vining is the trombone professor at the University of Northern Arizona and a co-owner of Mountain Peak Music, as well as a member of the Flagstaff Symphony and a freelance trombonist. Although (obviously) geared toward trombone players, TromboneTools.com features […]

A New (To Me) Resource for Brass Players



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Update: While it looks like Tom Greer (the creator of Moosewood Mouthpieces) may be backing out of the mouthpiece manufacturing game, Mark Atkinson and Atkinson Horns will be carrying on Tom’s fabulous line of mouthpieces. It look’s like Tom’s excellent craftsmanship will continue to be available. Original Post: Some sad […]

[UPDATE: Not Dead Yet] Moosewood Mouthpieces: Closed


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


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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)