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



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An interesting update about the unprecedented number of comments that were received by the FCC regarding the repeal of the 2015 Open Internet Order (commonly referred to as net neutrality). When the FCC opened up comments from the public regarding net neutrality from April to August of 2017, they received […]

FCC Comments Show Nuanced Net Neutrality Understanding


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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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