Weekly Roundup 7/14/15

Reading: Practicing: A Musician’s Return to Music by Glenn Kurtz.

Arranging: One final proof of Satellites charts before we start rehearsals!

Practicing: Alternating lip trill work with multiple tonguing. I have some tricky runs in the arrangement of Rolling Thunder that Metro Brass is doing at the Hudson Bandshell.

Rehearsing: Metro Brass on the 19th

Performing: Metro Brass July 23rd at the Hudson Bandshell. I have a new performance calendar! Bookmark it, subscribe to do, do what you gotta do- see you at the gig.

Listening: Just biding my time until the 17th, when the new Tame Impala record comes out.

Teaching: Rochuts in tenor clef. Get on it. Miracle high range fixer.

Relaxing: A really busy, but really fun weekend: Mingo Fishtrap at the Dakota Friday night, The Princess Bride was the movie in Windom Park on Saturday night, Open Streets NE Sunday!

Weekly Roundup 7/7/15

Reading: Some basics on musical acoustics (so confusing!), and picking up Practicing: A Musician’s Return to Music by Glenn Kurtz this week.

Arranging: n/a

Practicing: Alternating lip trill work with multiple tonguing. I have some tricky runs in the arrangement of Rolling Thunder that Metro Brass is doing at the Hudson Bandshell!

Rehearsing: Nice little breather from rehearsals until the 19th.

Performing: Midnight in Moscow, July 12th at Centennial Lakes in Edina. Metro Brass July 23rd at the Hudson Bandshell. I have a new performance calendar! Bookmark it, subscribe to do, do what you gotta do- see you at the gig.

Listening: My brain’s been in a little rut lately, not wanting to process many things, and when that happens I like instrumental things- in particular, soundscape-like music or minimalist works. Dawn of Midi, John Luther Adams, Brad Mehldau.

Teaching: My friend and colleague Brad’s excellent Keys By Degrees worksheet (see my studio resources for a PDF). An excellent way to train your fingers or your slide to follow your ear, and not worry about memorizing key signatures!

Relaxing: Camping up in Northern Wisconsin last weekend. So necessary.

Weekly Roundup 6/30/15

Reading: This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J Levitin. (still reading…almost done!)

Arranging: n/a

Practicing: Lots of new, hard music for Metro Brass!

Rehearsing: Metro read a GREAT arrangement of the Jurassic Park theme on Sunday night. Dang hard too- probably because it was arranged by a trombone player!

Performing: Midnight in Moscow, July 1st at Driftwood Char Bar, and July 12th at Centennial Lakes in Edina. I have a new performance calendar! Bookmark it, subscribe to do, do what you gotta do- see you at the gig.

Listening:

(required listening for all students)

Teaching: So many students on vacation! Come back to me, students!

Relaxing: Kayaking, hiking, enjoying this gorgeous summer. Camping this weekend! SO excited.

Congratulations are in order!

I have a few shout-outs to give to students today, because y’all are awesome and are doing great things.

Firstly, to Bjorn S. for making top orchestra in Minnesota Youth Symphonies- his first audition for the group and he’s already in the top spot! Well-deserved, too.

To Henry O. for making it into the Minnesota Junior Winds for the fall, plus participating in South High Summer Jazz Camp- truly a trombone superstar this summer.

To Maddie R. and Matt W. for their spots in Edina High School’s top band in the fall, and to Amanda M. for making section leader.

To McKenna R. for snagging an alternate spot for the All-State Bands in August.

To all my other students, who work hard and consistently surprise me with their newfound musical strengths. Keep practicing! Good things are coming to you, too.

Weekly Roundup 6/23/15

Reading: This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J Levitin. (still reading)

Arranging: n/a

Practicing: A little uninspired to practice lately- the summer doldrums if you will. Usually when I feel this way I give myself a little space, or just sight-read etudes or solos I haven’t played in a while.

Rehearsing: Midnight in Moscow has three(!) upcoming gigs so we have a rehearsal Wednesday night to get ourselves into performance mode. We haven’t done a live show in over a year, so this will be fun!

Performing: Midnight in Moscow, June 27th at Hasley’s in Brainerd, July 1st at Driftwood Char Bar, and July 12th at Centennial Lakes in Edina. I have a new performance calendar! Bookmark it, subscribe to do, do what you gotta do- see you at the gig.

Listening: JD McPherson, Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, Modest Mouse- basically anyone who was at Rock The Garden this past weekend- and, on repeat, the new Tallest Man on Earth album (Dark Bird is Home) which is so painfully beautiful.

Teaching: So many students on vacation! Come back to me, students!

Relaxing: A family reunion in Chippewa Falls on Saturday, Rock the Garden on Sunday- I’m tired from all the relaxing.

Lauren Husting DOT COM SO COOL

Hello friends and students and colleagues!

This is my all new, renovated for ease on your eyeballs, super great merged website! I have combined my professional page with my studio page so that everything is in one place.

My name is Lauren Husting, and I play trombone. I also teach privately- trombone, baritone/euph, and tuba. I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can use this site to find out when I’m playing next, what I’m working on, and how to get started with private lessons.

Happy practicing!

Weekly Roundup 6/16/15

Reading: This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J Levitin. (still reading)

Arranging: A nice little reprieve from arranging, although I’ve got a mischievous little idea in the back of my head…stay tuned.

Practicing: Reading through the Blazhevich book, looking for fun etudes to work up. Speeding up my multiple tonguing.

Rehearsing: Metro read through new charts on Sunday. Some good stuff for our performance at the Hudson bandshell on July 23rd.

Performing: Midnight in Moscow, July 1st at Driftwood Char Bar. I have a new performance calendar! Bookmark it, subscribe to do, do what you gotta do- see you at the gig.

Listening: War on Drugs, Sleater-Kinney, Tame Impala (I’m painting the bathroom this week).

Teaching: Intonation across the partials on lip slurs- particularly up to the 7th partial.

Relaxing: Went tubing down the Cannon on Sunday. Picked up our first box of CSA goodies last week and have been cooking up a storm. Also- painting. Am I weird? I find it soothing.