Are you a Musician or instrumentalist? This is a very interesting subject, especially for us brass players. This is because of the physicality of our instruments. It’s not so impressive to play loud, or high, or low on the piano, or on the cello. But on trumpet, if you can play very high, you’re a hero. […]
I have had good teachers and bad teachers. Without going into details about what made for a good teacher and a bad teacher, I will go straight to the most important difference. One is authoritative, the other is suggestive. Let me give you the easiest example. Two history teachers.The authoritative one and the suggestive one. […]
I have to spend a few days away from my trombone. Not really by choice, but because I had to travel last minute to come to my home town and help out my grand mother. I wasn’t really expecting to take trombone time off right now. Usually, I plan the weeks in the year where […]
Having a double buzz in our sound is a very annoying thing that comes up often for young brass players. That double buzz can come from a multitude of factors. AIR LEAKS Make sure there is no air leaking out of the instrument. Most common places for leaks are the water key and badly greased […]
BOOK OF THE WEEK I am reading this book at the moment. Crush it by Gary Vaynerchuk It’s a really cool read if you’re into that stuff. I know I am. You can get it here I wanted to write a little bit about one thing that really gave me one of those rare but […]
What is the best chapstick for musicians? That is the favorite topic for many brass and wind players. Taking care of your lips can be the difference between performing at your best and performing badly. You spend so many hours in the practice room working on your sound and on your technique, it would […]
Hi, everyone ! I hope you had a good week of practicing the previous exercises. Before we start with this week’s exercise, I would like to remind you that if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. There are no dumb questions, and I am here to help. Secondly, I wanted to […]
I have been playing Carmina Burana for two weeks now (!!) with the Berliner Symphoniker, here in Berlin. Quite a big piece and fun to play. I have seen a question regarding the range in the bass trombone part. Some notes are high up there for us, including a long Bb starting piano and lasting […]
Today we will cover : Soft playing – production (Sound – Air control) Lip Bending exercises (Sound – Range – Air Control – Intonation – Ear Training) Low register exercises (Range – Sound – Air Control) 1 ) Soft playing – Production As I said in this video, the most important part of a note […]
First video on working with a breathing bag. The breathing bag is a great tool to work your breathing technique with. Expand your lung capacity . Get your breathing bag here
I thought it could be cool to introduce myself and explain a little bit who I am and what I do. As you’ll see soon, the content on my profile will be quite eclectic. So. Who am I? What am I about?
I like to think of myself as a full entity of my past present and future. In order for me to be completely fulfilled in life, I need my activities to be linked to those three categories.
First and foremost, I am a musician. I have been playing since the age of 2, and keep going at it every single day/night for hours at a time. I was in my mother’s womb for 9 months while she was playing in the orchestra/opera, and I really do think it has had an impact on how I hear/feel music. Playing music links me to my PRESENT. When I play, I cannot be anywhere else than HERE and NOW.
Recently, I have started to code. I have grew a new passion for making iPhone applications. I really do believe that coding is an art. Not because we can actually make the code look beautiful, but also because when I decide to create an app, it is to solve a problem in a creative manner. I strongly believe that every single problem in the world can be solved or at least helped out by an app. Don’t believe me? Give me a problem. I’ll give you an app. Making apps links me to the part of myself that craves to contribute in our world’s FUTURE.
Last but NOT least, I like to write. I like to write to reflect on my PAST, and to share my experiences / thoughts. I have not yet written a book, although it is high up on my goals list. For now, I have enjoyed writing for myself every morning and evening. I also started a few blogs ( http://www.betatometa.com )