Culture takes time

Culture takes time

Everybody has heard from others that being positive and creating a culture that you want to see is what ultimately drives the negative and unwanted culture away from you. This is very true and I do believe this. The difficult part of this is waiting for this to transpire. Often times we want to see…

The Servant Leader

The Servant Leader

Recently I was given the opportunity to read a book entitled “The Servant Leader” by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges. Below are my notes that I took while reading this book. As you lead ask yourself “Am I a servant leader or a self-serving leader”. Be brutally honest with yourself. It will take you to the core…

Transposition

As I spend time relearning things that have gotten out of practice, I am having to write articles here so I can have quick access to them. Transposition on the trumpet is one of the most important skills that an orchestra musician can have in their tool belt.  It is an absolute must.  Orchestral music…

Attacks, a necessary study

Today I decided to spend some time working on my attacks on middle G in the staff and middle C.  This is a very difficult skill.  This along with lip flexibility.  The problem that I am running into is that I took so long off from playing that my skills have severely diminished.  While I…

Practice Mutes

Today I got a LotFancy aluminum trumpet practice mute in the mail (see attached pictures).  It does a great job of stopping the sound.  I can practice when my family is now sleeping.  From what I can tell it is not great for intonation but it will give you a great option for late nights…