Category Archives: Playing Fundamentals

Fundamentals, not Feelings

Well, Ole Miss’s football season, which began with such high expectations, ended 5-7 tonight (2-6 SEC) after not only a loss but a blowout at the hands of in-state rival Mississippi State (5-7 overall, 3-5 SEC). While a coaching shakeup is … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Daily Routine, Euphonium, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Athletics, Music, Pedagogy, Performance Anxiety, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

Does the Tongue Start the Note?

Articulation on brass instruments is a relatively simple affair, or at least it ought to be. I frequently admonish the young teachers in my methods classes to teach tonguing to beginning students not by using anatomical explanations of tongue placement, … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Articulation, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Music, Music Education, Pedagogy, Playing Fundamentals, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

Reflections on the Process of Making a Solo Recording

My first solo album, Stepping Stones for Bass Trombone, Vol. 1, was released on the Potenza Music label a little over a year ago. Some readers will know how stressful the project became for me, as its release was delayed … Continue reading

Posted in Bass Trombone, Higher Education, Micah Everett, Music, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Recordings, Stepping Stones for Bass Trombone, Vol. 1, Trombone, University of Mississippi

Back to Blogging, with a Report on Trombonanza 2016

My first post after a long summer hiatus comes a few days later than I had planned, and that might not be a rare occurrence in the coming months. While I hope to maintain my usual weekly writing schedule and … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Doubling, Euphonium, Higher Education, Micah Everett, Music, Pedagogy, Performances, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, TROMBONANZA, Trombone, Trombone Ensembles, Tuba, Tuba-Euphonium Ensembles, University of Mississippi

Tuba Doubling Report

Although I’ve taught applied tuba for twelve of the fifteen years that I have taught applied lessons at the university level, I have only seriously practiced the instrument and become reasonably proficient at performing on it in the past year … Continue reading

Posted in Doubling, Euphonium, Higher Education, Low Brass Resources, Mouthpieces, Music, Music Education, Pedagogy, Performance Videos, Performances, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, The Low Brass Player's Guide to Doubling, Tuba

Don’t Just Play the Right Note. Play the Right PITCH!

Spring Break is upon us at Ole Miss and with a mix of activities both work related and (mostly) not, I was unable to write something as planned this past weekend and will not be able to return to blogging … Continue reading

Posted in Higher Education, Music, Music Education, Music Theory, Pedagogy, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Scales and Arpeggios, Teaching Low Brass, University of Mississippi

Benefits of the Weekly Practice Schedule

Every musician knows that regular and diligent practice is necessary for continued improvement, and many strive to practice a certain amount of time each day. While I have a general idea of how much practicing I need to do daily, … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Education, Daily Routine, Lord's Day, Music, Pedagogy, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass