24 Sunday May 2015
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•I am working away on my horn technique book. Most of my thoughts and energies as far as writing goes, go there.
•Some other writing energy goes into articles for The Horn Call
•Day to day is pretty busy at school: teaching, playing, planning, meetings, rehearsals, recitals, brass juries, comps, and so on. End of semesters are particularly busy.
•Other upcoming projects are in various planning stages and are not ready to write about yet.
•Ditto upcoming events. I’ll be teaching two weeks at Kendall Betts Horn Camp in New Hampshire in June once again. I like to try to bring something new every year; I don’t usually write about that ahead of time. I will also be teaching at Acadia University in Nova Scotia for two weeks in July. I have to spend time working on the details of lesson plans for both of them.
•The end of spring semester is also the time when I have to do most of the planning for next year: concerts, recitals, seminars, courses (besides horn, and horn ped/lit, I also teach a couple labor of love courses: Improvisation for Classical Musicians, Weird Music (freshman seminar), and Creativity in Music. CiM is always a little different every year, so I will as usual be revising or replacing some old lectures. Every lecture takes a lot of time, usually reading and taking notes on a number of books once I decide on the topic.
•I was asked to give a lecture to some of the faculty at the UI School of Nursing on creativity, plus a follow-up discussion several weeks later. That was fun and different, but took some time to put together as all new lectures do. There may be more of these next year.
•A couple things that I’ve started doing that (I hope) don’t make up an excuse not to blog are playing some guitar again and some percussion. I played guitar for years – from 9th grade on – along with horn, sometimes more, sometimes less over the years: folk, classical bluegrass, jazz. Then got tendinitis and stopped for years. So I am leaving my Gibson 347 (like a 335, semi hollow body sunburst) out in the living room, and am starting to pick a little while morning tea is steeping, and maybe a little bit after that. I’m very rusty, but it’s fun to pick up the old ax again and pick a little. I also have started doing a little sticking – basic drum stick practice. I do most if no one but me is home and I try paradiddles on this cheap electric practice drum set during TV commercials. I want to work the djembe into the action soon. But what I really want to get going on is conga. Except that I don’t have one. Maybe this fall. It’s fun being a beginner…
27 Friday Feb 2015
My new CD “Soundings” was just released on the MSR Classics label (msrcd.com).
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New online tool for musicians: Drone Tone Tool (www.dronetonetool.com). It’s free (donations welcome) and provides an endless low cello tone on any chromatic pitch as a reference tone. For lagniappe, there is also a metronome that you can engage along with the tone.
Kudos and thanks to Theodore Benson, a violinist from Seattle, for this musical tool.
24 Saturday Jan 2015