Why Practice Scales And Arpeggios? 7 Good Reasons

An Article I found at BRASSMUSICIAN.COM It can be argued that all music – be it Bach, Bartok, tonal, atonal, medieval, or avant garde – is made up of parts of scales and arpeggios arranged in different combinations and permutations. But why should we practise scales and arpeggios? Reason 1. Knowledge of a wide variety…

Darrell Grant’s Double Legacy Project

Recently, I was asked by pianist Darrell Grant to be a part of his new project called Step by Step – The Ruby Bridges Suite. Whenever I get the opportunity to play with Darrell Grant, I know that the music is going to be good, and I will have a great time as well. When he told…

Daily Inspiration

When Im feeling down or not heading down the best path musically, relationship or financial wise I listen to certain songs to get inspired. These songs are pivotal in bringing me back to reality and grounded me in my life. It might just be a certain artist that you enjoy to listen to that lets…

Happy Birthday J Dilla R.I.P.

James Dewitt Yancey (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006) He has impacted the hip hop & jazz community. He was more then a producer he was a musician and very versatile at taking an old CTI record and chopping it up and sampling it making a whole new musical creation! This is an Flying…

The National Anthem

So I got a called Wednesday to play the National Anthem at the Portland Trailblazers game on Saturday February 4, 2012. It is one of the simplest songs to play…not that difficult, not a lot of changes nor very high for trumpeters “if done in Bb Concert”. It has always been that one song that…