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Performing solo: Where do you stand?
Based on the title, you might think that this post would involve some sort of philosophical discussion about the nature of playing solos…actually it’s much more literal than that.  Knowing where to stand (or sit) [...]

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Malcolm McNab on Efficiency
Recording legend, Malcolm McNab discusses his opinions of efficiency in playing and in the instrument. If you have not yet bought or listened to, his album Exquisite is a towering display of musicality and ability. [...]

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Pentatonic or Gin and Tonic?
Definitely partial to gin and cranberry juice with a slice of lime; it tastes like a Christmas tree. Don’t ask! Anyway.. We will be dealing with the major and minor pentatonic in this article. Five [...]

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How to Prepare for Tour
A working brass player fulfills many roles in the modern music scene. Many players will be studio musicians and touring artists for one group on top of being a private teacher, solo performer, or composer [...]

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An introduction to chords
Brass players (of any genre) should learn chords; it is not just for guitarists, pianists, composers or jazz musicians. Theory first, application second. An introduction to chords – theory I like naming these ‘chords’ as [...]

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Body tension in brass playing
By Eddie Lewis What is “Body Tension” and how does it affect brass playing? Opposing Muscle Groups Body tension is caused when opposing muscle groups are contracted simultaneously. An easy example to use to show [...]

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4 Tips for Brass Playing in Hot Weather
Performing at your very best is challenging even in optimal conditions. Adding extreme heat to the equation can throw anyone off their game. Whether you’re playing an outdoor concert, the national anthem at a ballgame, [...]

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The importance of versatility, Roger Ingram
Lead trumpet extrordinaire, Roger Ingram, discusses the importance of versatility in this clip. It is interesting to hear how his range was only developed out of necessity… Seriously impressive lead player! ICGB pdf   , [...]

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How to prepare for a pit show
This is similar in nature to the ‘how to prepare for a gig’ post, with a couple other anecdotes and some more specific requirements. How to prepare for a pit show. Have you ever had [...]

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Melodic Flexibility: An easier way to better playing
By Bruce Chidester When something is accepted as new, others may point out that this revolutionary concept has been around for decades. With this in mind, I would like to say that what I am [...]

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