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.

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.

Weekly Roundup 6/9/15

Oh man! I totally spaced last week and forgot to do a roundup. Not even sure what I was doing. Not blogging. Whatever. I’m back!

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

Arranging: Editing old arrangements for the Satellites. Still doing this, too. Endlessly. Arranging feels like it’s never done.

Practicing: Satellites charts, lip trills, double and triple tonguing, slurs into the trigger register.

Rehearsing: Satellites have their first rehearsal Thursday so those charts better be ready, missy!

Performing: Midnight in Moscow, July 1st at Driftwood Char Bar.

Metro put on a stellar concert last week. Really well-attended and liked. Da Pacem Domine (my arrangement) was a particular hit!

Listening: Best Coast (saw them live last night at First Avenue!), Tame Impala (give me the new record asap)

Teaching: How to manage your summer practice schedule.

Relaxing: Reading outdoors in the sunshine. Drinking iced tea. I love summer.

Weekly Roundup 5/26/15

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

Arranging: Editing old arrangements for the Satellites.

Practicing: I’m so close to having a real lip slur I can taste it (or maybe that’s blood).

Rehearsing: Midnight in Moscow this week- we have our first gig in over year in July!

Performing: Metro Brass: June 4th Variety Concert! Can’t wait to conduct Da Pacem Domine in the round.

Listening: Surfer Blood. Brahms Piano Quintet. Vampire Weekend.

Teaching: Probably overdue for a series of lessons on good practice habits, what with summer being here and all.

Relaxing: MAD MAX WAS SO GOOD. Tonight, seeing Surfer Blood at 7th Street Entry. Tomorrow I’m getting a MASSAGE and it’s all I can think about.

Weekly Roundup 5/19/15

Reading: n/a this week- still waiting on books from the library! Arranging: Love Letter by Clairy Browne and the soul version of 7 Nation Army by Ben L’Oncle Soul (both for the Satellites). Practicing: Double and triple tonguing needing a review this week. Rehearsing: Metro Brass on Sunday night. We put in some serious effort on Da Pacem Domine and it is going to sound fantastic! Performing: Metro Brass: June 4th. The Satellites: June 13th. Midnight in Moscow: July 12th. Metro Brass: July 23. More information under “Upcoming” on my homepage. Listening: Janelle Monae is my queen. Teaching: Feels like everyone’s stressed out about finals and AP tests and life this week. So I’ve been teaching less instrument-specific things and more about time and stress management- and how music can help! Relaxing: MAD MAX. Tonight. Art-A-Whirl, this past weekend. Feeling like my weekends are planned out with festivals and gigs for the rest of the summer.

Weekly Roundup 5/12/15

Reading: Requested a few books on musical acoustics from the library. Thumbing through my old ear-training texts.

Arranging: In the editing stages of charts for the Satellites. We have a gig! June 27th. Details to follow. A few changes to make to Da Pacem Domine before Metro’s concert on June 4th.

Practicing: Metro Brass charts, lip trills, and a review of alto clef because I am rusty!

Rehearsing: Midnight in Moscow met last week and we had a productive rehearsal revamping some of our favorite charts. Our next gig on the books is July 12th!

Performing: Metro Brass: June 4th. The Satellites: June 27th. Midnight in Moscow: July 12th. Metro Brass: July 23. More information under “Upcoming” on my homepage.

Listening: Brandi Carlile, a little bit, but mostly silence has been nice this week.

Teaching: Two students are trying out for Minnesota Junior Winds, so I’ve been prepping them for that and helping them record. Other students are diving into learning tunes by ear, and working with the Intonation Helper.

Relaxing: Spent lots of time at Eloise Butler this weekend, volunteering. It’s so gorgeous there, you guys. Go check it out.