Monthly Archives: February 2010

What instruments / bows do you recommend to students?

What style / kind / brand  of the following do you generally recommend to students: Upright Bass: Bow: Electric Bass: Amp:

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Pre-Practice Tips

Rather than focusing on recording practice time in a log, consider a pre-practice log. A sort of pre-flight checklist. What is the plan for the session? What spots will you work on? What is the outcome? How long will  you … Continue reading

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Practice Record

Here’s a practice record you can download. Download the PDF HERE.

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Moleskine Notebooks

I’m a huge fan of Moleskine notebooks. They’re sturdy and use high quality paper. Check out their music notebooks:

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Why Choose?

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A Technology Filled Lesson

This evening I taught a lesson to student preparing for an audition. I wanted to be able to hand him a ‘dry run’ DVD of his playing for him to evaluate  before we film the actual audition. So I had … Continue reading

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“Nothing which life has to offer is worth the price of worry.” Napolean Hill

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Personal Coaching

I’m looking to use my skills in the field of personal coaching. As a music teacher, much of my job is basically personally coaching. During a rehearsal, I organize, analyze and review data. Then I decide what to do with … Continue reading

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Egos, the Students, and The Greater Good

If emotions are at the core of learning, why do music educators and ensemble directors consistently ignore the student’s emotions? Nearsightedness and for their own emotions.  Or perhaps we should be thinking about future emotions. It is easier to look … Continue reading

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A Note To Parents

First, thank you for supporting the arts and your daughter / son’s musical education! There are many benefits to this, which have been documented in many sources. Now, what can you as a parent do to help your child on … Continue reading

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Beginner Electric Bass Method

For a great beginner electric method for young students check out: Bass 101: A Contemporary Approach to Bass Playing by Ron Manus & L.C. Harnsberger I’ve been using it with a 5th grader and it’s perfect! For a more advanced … Continue reading

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My All County Jazz Audition

When I was in high school I auditioned for the all county jazz band. I had prepared several scales and solos on my electric bass. There were 5 or so us going and after school us and our band teacher … Continue reading

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Practice Record Thoughts Revisited

I’m a logger – I keep track of just about everything and have many journals, both paper and electronic. I was reviewing my notes on practice records and here are some of my current thoughts. For the public school setting … Continue reading

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