Category Archives: “Gadgets and Gizmos”

“Gadgets and Gizmos:” Tablet Computers as Sheet Music Replacements?

With every passing year, the number of students in my studio that want to read at least some of their music from laptop and particularly tablet computers increases. At first they did this only for the warm-up and scale study … Continue reading

Posted in "Gadgets and Gizmos", Digital Revolution, iPad, Practicing, Sheet Music, Tablet Computers

Gadgets and Gizmos: An App and a Podcast

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with technology. On the one hand, I find all of the new things out there to be fascinating, but on the other hand many of the available “toys” out there are far … Continue reading

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“Gadgets and Gizmos:” Smartphone Apps to Improve Low Brass Teaching and Performance

The development of smartphones and other hand-held computing devices has brought rapid changes to the ways in which we live, work, and play. Not all of these changes are positive; I doubt I’m alone in reporting that I am more … Continue reading

Posted in "Gadgets and Gizmos", Education, Instructional Technology, Low Brass Resources, Music, Online Resources, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Scales and Arpeggios, Teaching Low Brass

Gadgets and Gizmos: PowerLung

I had intended to use this week’s post to share videos from my February 6 solo recital, but due to an unexpected delay in preparing those recordings I have chosen an alternative topic. These thoughts were prompted by a discussion … Continue reading

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“Gadgets and Gizmos:” P.E.T.E.

(A short entry after a busy few weeks….) We humans are great at devising new methods and new contraptions intended to make our lives better, our jobs easier, and our time spent doing those jobs more productive. And, thanks to … Continue reading

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“Gadgets and Gizmos:” Yamaha Trombone Slide Oil

The handslide presents a number of difficulties peculiar to trombonists. Besides the inherent difficulty of learning to operate the slide with skill and efficiency, maintaining optimum mechanical function also is a challenge that requires constant attention. For one thing, the … Continue reading

Posted in "Gadgets and Gizmos", Accessories, Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Low Brass Resources, Music, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Trombone Lubricants, Yamaha Trombone Slide Oil

“Gadgets and Gizmos:” Ergobrass

Today I am beginning what I plan to make a regular feature on this blog, entitled “Gadgets and Gizmos.” These posts will consist of short reviews of various “accessories” on the market that are intended to help low brass players … Continue reading

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