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Here in Kentucky, it’s time for All-County and All-District auditions, and coming up next month is All-State. One of the things I hear quite a bit from more advanced students are questions about how to plan out your day (or days) when you have an important performance or audition. While […]

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If you have Internet in your home, you probably have a router. Either you’re leasing one from your ISP (and you really should buy your own) or you bought one from Amazon or Best Buy. Your Router’s Function Either way, your router is one of the most vulnerable and critical […]

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classical musician performance anxiety
For musicians, some anxiety just before and during performances is an all-too-familiar problem. Some musicians feel twinges of excitement, while others can suffer almost-crippling sensations. Getting nerves during a performance seems to be especially common for classical musicians, and while nerves can be distracting in any context, they can be […]

3 Quick Tips to Reduce Nerves in Performance and Auditions


Since 2008, Google’s Chrome browser has been boon for all users of the internet, but lately there have been some curious developments taking place within the Chrome browser (and Google itself). Remember, if you will, browsing the internet in 2008.Microsoft’s Internet Explorer had around 70% of the browser market, with […]

Chrome Takes A(nother) Step Back From Privacy



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So, it finally happened. I have long lusted after a fancy and very cleverly-designed Wiseman horn case. Although there has been a tiny renaissance of horn cases over the past 15 years or so, with lots of different case designs from companies like Marcus Bonna, Protec, Cardocase, and quite a […]

Wiseman Horn Case Review


If you follow Android at all, you’ve probably heard at least a little bit about Google’s hardware event that happened yesterday. Here’s what Google announced. Devices Google announced three main devices yesterday, the Pixel 3 phones, the Pixel Slate tablet, and the Google Home Hub. There were also some accessories […]

Google’s October Hardware Event



classical musician performance anxiety
An interesting blog post over on BulletProofMusician.com takes a look at the difference in levels of performance anxiety between traditionally-trained classical musicians and musicians in other genres. The blog article looks at two different studies. One study by British researchers used 244 musicians, of which about half were classical musicians […]

Performance Anxiety: Classical vs. Pop Musicians


Every year the University of Louisville puts on a clinic to help high school players around the state with the All-State etudes. Each instrument has its own instructor (usually the University professor for that instrument), but this week the UofL brass faculty are doing a tour of Japan, so I […]

2018 KY All-State Horn Clinic Notes