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How to Improve Your Time: A Metronome Survival Guide

You probably have a metronome sitting in your practice room right now. Or maybe you have one of those fancy apps on your phone that has a million features. But are you actually getting the most out of your metronome? Do you really know how to use it?   If your metronome practice looks anything like this… Turn metronome on

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How Do You Eat An Elephant? Breaking Down Big Goals

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. It seems like every time I get to the end of my To Do list, somebody moves the ends. Sound familiar? Well, you are not alone. I just sent this to a few of my students who were getting bogged down in their course work, but I want to

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How many mock auditions is “enough”?

How many mock auditions is “enough”? The best audition advice I’ve ever gotten? Take as many MOCK AUDITIONS as you possibly can. #practicetiptuesday ____Walking on stage for an audition without taking a ton of mock auditions first, is like trying to fly a plane without having ever set foot in a flight simulator. It’s a bad idea. The question is, how many mock

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Preparing for an Orchestra Audition is a Lot Like Training for a Marathon

Preparing for an Orchestra Audition is a Lot Like Training for a Marathon If you only had eight weeks to prepare, what would you rather do––run a complete, 26.2-mile regulation-length marathon, or take an orchestra audition? I think I know which one most rational people would choose, right? I mean, one of these events is a super intense, completely unnatural,

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Five Performance Myths, Busted.

I was recently asked by a high-school student if I ever get nervous before a performance. The student assumed that everyone who has made it to a top orchestra must have nerves of steel and be impervious to normal human responses. It got me thinking about some of the misconceptions floating around about performing. Here are some big ones: Pros

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The Honesty Pill Story

The Beginning With six years of university and two degrees under my belt, I was excited to start my career. After receiving a Master’s degree in orchestral performance, I noticed that I had not been automatically offered a full-time trumpet position with a major symphony orchestra. Go figure. And I didn’t have any audition committees begging for my resume either. The one thing I did have was a bone-chilling

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Taking the Honesty Pill: An Interview with Christopher Still, 2nd trumpet of the LA Phil

Christopher Still joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as 2nd trumpet in 2007. This spring, he is launching Honesty Pill, an online resource designed to help people teach themselves how to be better musicians. Through practical courses and informative articles, Christopher aims to give musicians of all levels the tools they need to “ditch the excuses” and truly take their playing to the next level.

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Hop Into Casual Fridays – Episode 6: Christopher Still

Los Angeles Philharmonic trumpet player Christopher Still talks with the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild’s Executive Director, Frances Lopez, about music, beer, and the LA Phil’s Casual Fridays music series and after-parties. Learn more: http://bit.ly/CasualFridaysLAPhil Casual Fridays | Come for the concert. Stay for the drinks. Click here to watch interview.

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Trumpet Journey: Interview with Christopher Still, Second Trumpet in the Los Angeles Philharmonic

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

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