12 Rules of Practice: Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis knows how to practice. As a younger man, he was equally at home in front of a symphony orchestra playing the Haydn concerto, or laying down some serious jazz with Art Blakey. Check out Wynton’s discography for more evidence of his skill and artistry. That’s what tens of thousands of hours of practice sounds like. Check out his 12 … More 12 Rules of Practice: Wynton Marsalis

Trumpet Lessons From Kenny Rampton, Trumpeter with Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra

The great Kenny Rampton goes through his warm-up, and outlines the structure of his practice. What I love most about these videos is that in a short amount of time they convey how deep Kenny has gone in his practice. Your path to deep study will be different, but will be equally valuable. Check out Mr. … More Trumpet Lessons From Kenny Rampton, Trumpeter with Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra

In Praise of Never Being Good Enough

Music is endless, and there’s always more to practice, more to learn, more to do. The limitlessness can be intimidating, especially to beginners, or to those stuck in the “conscious incompetence” phase (one of four phases of musicianship/practice described in The Practice of Practice). But once you realize the fact, and make peace with it, having endless horizons to explore is liberating. Exciting, even. Then you just have to get started. Check out these great vids from veteran explorer Dizzy Gillespie. … More In Praise of Never Being Good Enough

The Best Practice Mutes (or, How to Keep From Getting Shot by Your Neighbors)

I’ve not found a better practice mute than the Yamaha Silent Brass System. It saved my practice when living in Chicago, surrounded by neighbors. The one I have is pictured below. Below that is the new newer model, which is even lighter, has updated audio electronics, and fits in your bell for storage. Click the images to learn more. … More The Best Practice Mutes (or, How to Keep From Getting Shot by Your Neighbors)