Honesty Pill is the project of Christopher Still, a trumpet player with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Chris creates focused, actionable plans that help musicians and other creatives address the issues standing between them and their goals.
Intermediate through professional instrumentalists and singers can benefit from Honesty Pill courses. This includes motivated high school students, college students, serious hobbyists, and professionals of all ages and levels of accomplishment.
Honesty Pill is for anyone who wants to master their art. Even if you’ve already achieved some level of success, Honesty Pill has information and tools that will help you take your musical life to the next level.
Ditch your excuses, learn to focus, and master the skills that really matter.
Successful Musicians Do These Three Things
Many musicians don't know how to improve without the the help of a teacher. I can give you the frameworks you need to take control of your own improvement.
There's a science to knowing what to practice and how to practice it. I'll teach you how to pick your practice goals and show you how to accomplish them in less time.
Learning from your setbacks is harder than it sounds. Let me show you how to zero in on your failures so you can use them as launchpads for success.
Your questions, answered.
Hon·es·ty · pill 1 (noun)
- An experience that increases your self-knowledge
- A practical approach to fulfilling your musical potential
Honesty Pill is an online resource that helps people teach themselves to be better musicians. I like to talk about auditions a lot because they require such complicated and focused effort, and because those same techniques apply to all areas of musical performance and practice.
I chose the name “Honesty Pill” in reaction to a common issue with performers and artists—people are afraid to take a close look at what they’re doing wrong, even if they desperately want to succeed. My goal is to help people to tackle their issues, so they can achieve their goals. I like to call my approach “swallowing the Honesty Pill.”
I offer practical courses, informative articles, and activities to help you ditch your excuses and really improve.
Honesty Pill courses are taught by Christopher Still of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Having grown up in a musical household, Christopher originally intended to become a band director and earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Crane School of Music (SUNY-Potsdam). For graduate school he switched his focus to orchestral performance and received his Master of Music Performance degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston.
If there are aspects of your playing or performance that could use some improvement, then Honesty Pill is for you. You absolutely do not need to be a professional.
Intermediate, advanced, and professional instrumentalists and singers can all benefit from Honesty Pill courses. This includes self-starting high school students, college students, serious hobbyists, and professionals of all ages and levels of accomplishment.
Even if you’ve already achieved some level of success, you can still benefit from trying a different approach to your practice and performance.
The content is mostly video-driven online courses that include downloads and other supplemental materials. In other words, you can learn 24/7 anytime, anywhere, anyplace. There will be some opportunity for one-on-one video coaching and some occasional boot camp-style workshops, but most of it will be online courses. All you need is an internet connection and you’re good to go!
I designed the courses for any musician who wants to elevate their playing.
While I am a professional trumpet player, Honesty Pill is for musicians on any instrument who would benefit from focused practice. This includes singers, pianists, string players, percussionists, wind players, etc. In other words, you absolutely do NOT need to be a trumpet player.
Also, it works for all styles of music, since all of them (not just jazz and classical) benefit from a thoughtful approach.
The core concepts are based on the things I personally learned as my own career evolved. I still use them every day in my own practice or when I’m on stage with the LA Phil.
There is no substitute for high quality, one-on-one training with a private teacher.
Honesty Pill is designed to supplement private lessons. If you are currently studying with a private teacher, consult him or her before starting one of our courses.
However, if you are not lucky enough to have a great private teacher or you’re already out of school, trying to succeed on your own can be overwhelming. I’ve been there. That’s one of the reasons I created Honesty Pill.
In the end, your best teacher has to be you.
Honesty Pill courses are designed to be practical, yet concise. It might take you just a few days to get through an entire course, but making impactful change happen takes dedication.
How long it takes and how much you get out of it depends greatly on how much effort you put into it. I’ve made the courses easy for you to digest without feeling overwhelmed, but personal growth takes patience and diligence.
Whether you’re watching a training video at the coffee shop, or completing an activity at home in front of your computer, Honesty Pill courses are perfect bite-sized chunks.
You’re never too old for school! You have to start somewhere, and getting past the “it’s too late” boogey man is a great place to begin.
Seriously, the old adage “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is a stupid myth. And think of all the life experience you bring to the table that you didn’t have before. You’re way ahead of the game.
Still think it’s too late for you to start?
Consider the fact that author J.K. Rowling didn’t finish her first book until she was thirty years old. Ever heard of Harry Potter?
Honesty Pill founder Christopher Still joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Second Trumpet in 2007.
Before coming to California, he was the Principal Trumpet of the Colorado Symphony. He has also held the positions of Associate Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Symphony and Principal Trumpet of the Charleston (SC) Symphony. Additionally, Christopher has served as Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Grant Park Festival Orchestra in Chicago’s Millennium Park and Guest Principal with the St. Louis Symphony.
Christopher has recorded extensively with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Grant Park, Dallas, and Albany symphony orchestras. Active in the Hollywood recording studios, he can be heard on major motion picture and television soundtracks. He is a Yamaha Artist, a dedicated educator, and an active clinician.
Having grown up in a musical household, Christopher originally intended to become a band director and earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Crane School of Music (SUNY-Potsdam). Switching to performance, he received his Master of Music Performance degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston. He was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow in 1995 and 1996.
Christopher’s favorite aspect of his job is the orchestra’s frequent performance of contemporary music, especially the Green Umbrella concert series.
Christopher lives in Altadena, CA with his wife, Amanda McIntosh, and two children. He enjoys long-distance running, skiing, brewing beer, and hiking in the trails behind his house.