Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Lessons in Life from Playing iPad’s FreeCell Solitaire

As I am spending more and more time caring for my elderly father, we have come upon a shared activity that we both really enjoy.  FreeCell Solitaire is a twist on the classic solitaire card game.  Most of the rules … Continue reading

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Avoiding the Dark Side of Success

The world constantly presents us with challenges.  Sometimes we find their solutions quite readily, or we may struggle with a problem for years.  And other times we might just give up, or even ignore the dilemma altogether.  Finding a successful … Continue reading

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Using Pain to Increase Awareness

Who would have thought that hernia surgery would have given me new insights into playing the trumpet more efficiently?  Although I had not experienced pain when playing the horn before the procedure, the post surgery experience was an entirely different … Continue reading

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Wisdom from Vitamin Cottage

We all know how challenging music can be. When everything is working right, the musical experience can be one of life’s greatest pleasures, but it is not always a magical moment every time we perform, rehearse, practice or compose.  As musicians, … Continue reading

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Better Golf (and Other Gifts) from Disciplined Trumpet Practice

Nick, who just graduated from high school (and was mentioned in the earlier post, “The Visual Connection to a Musical Line“) recently made my day when he shared the story of his last experience on the driving range.  His friend … Continue reading

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Jacob’s Analogy for Rhythmic Subdivision

Analogies are a great way to understand new concepts, for we learn more about something new when we can view it in a variety of contexts.  While talking about the importance of subdividing for rhythmic accuracy, Jacob (a middle school … Continue reading

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