Monthly Archives: October 2009

Non iPhone Practice Log

I’ve been searching for the perfect practice and workout logging tools. I’ve spent a  little too much at the iTunes app store only to realize how powerful the free Google Calendar is. I setup multiple calendars, each with different colors. … Continue reading

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What is Greatness?

Greatness is a congruence. Greatness is achieved through the congruence of mental parts. All mental voices and dynamics come to an agreement and work together to produce a single outcome. This causes true synergy to happen and the path to … Continue reading

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Review of Performing in the Zone

Performing in the Zone Performing in The Zone by Jon Gorrie is a book to help ease and manipulate performance anxiety. It follows the lineage of Mental Toughness, The Inner Game of Music, and other books in the genre. Gorrie … Continue reading

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Another Gig Story – Please Don’t Hurt My Bass!!

Why do conductors change things at the gig? I don’t mean just  musical aspects, but perhaps location for players or the choreography – entering and exiting or setting up. While in graduate school I was playing with a chamber ensemble. … Continue reading

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Interview on Certification

This post is part of the Teachers Certification Map’s “lessons from the field”, a series of posts featuring passionate, inspiring educators from across the country discussing some of the lessons that they have learned over the years that would help … Continue reading

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A Better Pencil

This is a re-post from March but I find myself using these pencils so often it’s worth repeating. I own about 6 of them and keep around my apartment and at the different schools I teach at. Us musicians are … Continue reading

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Cool Tattoo!

by Roberto Talavera

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Two Cool Products

I was at the Chicago Marathon Expo at McCormick Place on Saturday with a friend who was registering for the marathon. There were many companies and shops setup with lots of cool stuff! Two things I loved (and purchased) are: … Continue reading

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Gig Story

Several years ago I was doing a church gig. It was a small orchestra with a volunteer chorus behind the ensemble. At the REHEARSAL, an elderly lady dropped her music right behind me. The music was easy and I knew … Continue reading

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Practice Misconceptions

5 misconceptions about practicing from How To

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More Practice Logging Tools

Here’s an Excel file I made a while ago. Behance – Creative, organizing, and productivity notebooks Of course, don’t overlook the usefulness of a traditional composition notebook. Musicians Practice Planner Also check notebooks by Gold Fibre

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Middle School Lesson Routine

•3 minutes Warmups •    Long bowing •    Frog-tip (from Sevcik) •3 minutes scales •2 minutes arpeggios •2 minutes scales / arpeggios with bow – tip exercise •10 / 10 Book – 10 minute teach, 10 minutes practice •15 Orchestra Music … Continue reading

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The Physical Practice Zone

My practice zone or ‘cockpit’:

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