Four Tips to Avoid Practicing on Auto-Pilot

Remote Practice Shed

Remote Practice Shed

I consider practicing fundamental technique to be a hugely important part of being a musician. As a result, I practice my fundamentals as close to daily as I possibly can. For trumpet, that includes “multi-tonguing,” or double and triple tonguing. Multi-tonguing is a skill that you need to practice regularly in order to maintain a high level.

I was recently working on my double tonguing and noticed my sound quality deteriorating in the upper register on certain passages. This is not uncommon, and it’s one of the reasons I practice that particular exercise. But what was weird was what I did next:

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Handel’s “Messiah”

MessiahIt wouldn’t be Christmas in Metro-Detroit without the annual performance of Handel’s Messiah at First Presbyterian Church, in Northville.

Performing the Messiah and Nutcracker every year marks the start of the holiday performance season for me… something I truly enjoy!

Come on out and hear some great festive music performed live to get yourself in the spirit of the season!!

More information about this performance is available here.