tenet (ten' it), noun: a principle, doctrine, or belief held as truth

Welcome to my blog! Here I will share some of my thoughts on horn playing and teaching, which I think about a lot, and maybe some other things, too. Since my job (which thankfully, allows me to do a lot of playing and teaching) keeps me very busy, as does my wonderful family, I may not write frequently. My goal will be quality, not quantity!

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Raise Your Expectations

     I have a sign in my studio that says

Raise your expectations

     This is as much a reminder to me as to my students.  Too often, I find myself settling for less than my best because I simply forget how good it could be!  Sometimes I'll be listening to one of my favorite horn recordings that I haven't heard in a while, and I think "Oh yeah - I want to sound like THAT!"  I get inspired all over again, and my expectations are raised.  Here are some tips to make sure you're not settling for less than your best:

     1) Listen to lots of great horn playing, so you're constantly reminded of what's possible on our instrument (the greatest instrument of all!).

     2) Get inspired by great musicians on every instrument.  Don't accept the "limitations" of the horn.  Try to play the Bach Cello Suites like Yo Yo Ma!

     3) Acknowledge when you do something well, but always ask "how could it be better?"

Now, here's something inspiring!

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