Achieving Mediocrity

mediocrity_web_log5Francis Smith calls your attention to the following tips from jazzadvice.com for achieving (or avoiding) mediocrity.
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Time Well Spent

Q: Should a brass player strive to practice the same number of hours as a saxophonist?

A: Brass players will never be able to match a saxophonist hour-for-hour. When a reed gets worn out, there are more in the box. Like the Energizer bunny, saxophone players can (and often do) keep going and going. When your lips get worn out, there is nothing to be done but let them rest. In fact, playing too much can be more detrimental than not playing enough. Read more »

What Should We Play?

Every jazz school seems to have certain tunes that are popular calls at jam sessions. Bassist Marika Galea has compiled a fascinating school-by-school list:
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Achieving Hand Independence-Part 1

By Chris Donnelly

Achieving hand independence is one of a pianist’s top priorities; it’s a common pursuit among students. It’s also one of the easiest to attain; hand independence requires only two things: Structured Exercises and Practice.
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Training With Tuners

Raise your hand if your band director stands in front of you with a tuner, calling out: “Flat! Push in!” “Sharp! Pull out!” Does this really help you play in tune, or do you simply try to make the tuner stand still for a minute so he or she will go away? Read more »

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