William Short: Do More Slow Practice. Why is it SO Good? 

There are few things more challenging to remember to do (both for myself and for every single one of my students) than SLOW practice. Here is some genius advice from Bassoonist William Short. Source: Getting the Most out of Practicing — William Short

Siberian Sleigh Ride: Don Byron

Siberian Sleigh Ride, by Don Byron came on my headphones reminding me how much I love Byron’s Bug Music album (wiki). “Old” tunes, quirkily arranged, sometimes complicated, joyful, and thoroughly enjoyable. Sounds like a description of a person I like. Here’s Siberian Sleigh Ride

Vonnegut: Honor the Ways You Suck

Kurt Vonnegut When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig. I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of ‘getting to know you,’ questions you ask young people: Do you play sports? What’s your favorite subject? And I told…

Analysis of Lennon’s “Imagine”

I’m really enjoying Jake Lizzio’s offerings on YouTube. He’s also got a Patreon page. Here’s his excellent analysis of John Lennon’s Imagine.

The SECRET To Efficient Practicing 

Some great stuff in here on different types of practice, structuring your time, and words of wisdom, like this gem: “Practicing technique is like polishing a water faucet. It doesn’t make the water taste better or make it any more pure.” Pat Metheney Though Beato uses guitar playing to illustrate these ideas, you can absolutely…