Brass Posts

Have You Heard with Jim Pugh

In the summer of 2012 I attended the Skidmore Jazz Institute in New York where I had the privilege of working with some of my biggest musical heroes. In addition to coaching and classes with greats like Pat LaBarbera and Todd Coolman I was also able to study privately with Curtis Fuller and Jim Pugh.

Ball State University Trombone Day II

On April 6th, 2018 Ball State University hosted Trombone Day II. This event was a full day of rehearsals, masterclasses, lectures, and performances that showcased all of the fine resources the school has to offer. Chris Van Hof, Assistant Professor of Music Performance (Trombone), led the event, and trombone legend, Jim Pugh, was the featured artist of the day.

Mouthpiece Clocking: Voodoo Magic or Real Science?

As a brass player, there are naturally good days and bad days. Days where the instrument sings effortlessly, and days where you want nothing more than to touchdown spike your instrument into the pavement. What if I said that this issue could partially be within your control without changing the way you play?

Repair Shop Tales – Kids and a Kanstul Trumpet

Every once in a while, we get in repairs that we just have to share. We recently had a trumpet brought in that the customer thought was possibly “beyond repair”. But we assured them that our shop has performed many “miracles” in the past and they might be surprised what we can do. Here is their review after receiving the instrument back…

Tips On Buying A New Trombone

Finding your next instrument can be a daunting task if you don’t have a game plan. The market is filled with a plethora of options, and sometimes it can be difficult to see the forest through the trees.From my time at Paige’s Music and my experience as a player, I can provide my thought process, and hopefully it will help with your future instrument selection.

Start by playing on your instrument.

Always, always, always limit the variables. Bring your current instrument and mouthpiece as well as familiar music. Warm up on your instrument and take note of how it sounds in the space around you. You need to have a control for the experiment, and your current instrument will provide that. Take out uncertainties like unfamiliar music, unfamiliar mouthpieces, and etc.

Don’t Let Your Instrument Be Cold

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Over the past few weeks central Indiana has experienced dramatic changes in temperatures—in a span of 4 days there was a temperature swing of 75 degrees! These dramatic fluctuations in temperature can wreak havoc on instruments. Cold weather in particular will cause serious issues with your instrument if you are not taking proper care of it.

The Importance Of Breathing Well

The most important factor in brass and woodwind performance is breathing. If you aren’t breathing well, it is very difficult to achieve a great sound on a wind instrument. The best instruments in the world won’t sound great unless you are breathing well!

Here is a short exercise that will enhance your awareness of your breathing:

2018 Yamaha Trunk Sale at Paige’s Music

BEAT THE TAX – SAVE AT LEAST 7%:

All instruments purchased that day will save at least an extra 7%. No reason to shop online for cyber deals! The savings are better at Paige’s Music.

HUGE SELECTION:

Paige’s Music will have an increased selection of Yamaha step up instruments at big discounts. Choose from several intermediate to professional flutes, piccolos, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, French horns, and more! All at extra savings!

DOUBLE YAMAHA REBATES:

Earn Double Rebates! Purchase any qualified Yamaha ‘Step-Up’ Intermediate or Allegro level band instrument between now and December 31, 2018 and receive a $50 mail-in rebate. On Saturday, December 15, 2018 this rebate will double to $100!

Purchase any qualified Yamaha ‘Step-Up’ Professional or Custom level band instrument between now and December 31, 2018 and receive a $100 mail-in rebate. On Saturday, December 15, 2018 this rebate will Double to $200!

SALE IS ON SATURDAY, December 15, 2087 ONLY.