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Sound Advice From Wynton Marsalis On Attitude To Practice…

Wynton’s Twelve Ways to Practice As a boy growing up in New Orleans, I remember my father, Ellis, a pianist, and his friends talking about “sheddin’.” When they got together, theyʼd say, “Man, you need to go shed,” or “I’ve … Continue reading

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Gracie Fields Train…

I arrived back from Germany the other day. I swapped the aeroplane for a train at Manchester for the last leg of my journey home to Liverpool. I was delighted to see that, although badly faded, the train was dedicated … Continue reading

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“Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.” -George Bernard Shaw

A fascinating study in how to practice was published by Dr. Noa Kageyama. I have ‘nicked’ it and reproduced it in full here. I hope he doesn’t mind! 8 Things Top Practicers Do Differently By Noa Kageyama, Ph.D. | Mar … Continue reading

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Ever Wondered How To Date Your Vincent Bach Mouthpiece?

My great friend, trumpeter Aneel Soomary, has sent me the following link for ‘trumpet junkies’! Both Aneel and I are having some work done on mouthpieces in Japan, by world famous mouthpiece guru Toshiaki Kameyama. I will be taking a … Continue reading

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Some Ideas For Honing Your Multiple Tonguing…

The Nightingale is brass band cornet solo composed by the legendary trombonist, Harold Moss. Moss was famous as a trombone soloist before the war and famous as a conductor of brass bands too. He was the conductor of the famous … Continue reading

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Preston Guild Hall To Close??!!

There is a very real threat to one of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s favourite venues. The famous Guildhall in Preston is in dire peril due to government cuts imposed on the City Council. The RLPO is so well established … Continue reading

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Stamford University: Leading The Future For The Arts…

American ‘brain factory’ Stanford has an enviable record, worldwide, when it comes to innovation and technological achievement. However, Stanford is priding itself on producing well-rounded leaders so insists that all first year students of all subjects, be it economics or … Continue reading

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Psychotherapist Dr Gerald Stein Advises On Stage Fright & Performance Anxiety

There is a great site for advice on overcoming issues with performance anxiety etc. Chicago Psychotherapist, Dr. Stein, is a well known expert in this field and posts readily for the benefit of others.To read more, click on the link … Continue reading

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The Musician ‘Whitey’ Responds On Being Asked To Work For Free…

  What To Say If You’re Asked To Work For Free! Do You Work For Free? London Olympics Policy Not To Pay Professional Musicians!

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Waving Not Drowning – A Conducting Manual – Hilarious!

After the recent posting on here, of the interview conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen gave to BBC News, I thought I would post a plug for a very interesting book co-written by an old friend of mine, Lev Parikian. Lev is the … Continue reading

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