Saturday, June 30, 2012


These next 2 videos are the continuation of my interview with Dr. Carol Viera. I really was thrilled to do these videos with her which were totally unrehearsed and in the living moment!

continuation 1

continuation 2

Frequency Bone Summer Music Connection 4, EXTRA! Interview

 I've wanted to do an interview with my wife and partner, Dr. Carol Viera, for a long time. So today we sat down and did some spontaneous videos! This is an interview in which we begin to talk about basics of auditioning which might not be what you think. Here is the first video. Maybe more to come. We'll see!

interview continued in the next post....

Friday, June 29, 2012

Session 3 of FBSMC4: Warming-up

Here is Session 3 of FBSMC4, tilted "Warming-up."

Part 1 

Part 2

Part 3

FBSMC4, A Musical Approach to the Basics, Intro into Session 3: Warming-up

Warming- up is basic to brass playing. Not only to brass playing, but to anyone who uses their body as a vehicle for achievement. Athletes, martial arts people, dancers, musicians and actors and actresses to name a few. And don't forget those of us who exercise to keep our bodies healthy so it can continue to function well for as long as it can.

Sometime in the next 12 to 18 hours, 3 new videos will be posted on warming up. This is what our Session 3 will be about. Remember this is a musical and organic approach that hopefully will inspire warming-up as something meaningful and practically useful. Warming-up is allowing ourselves the space to tune ourselves to ourselves and put all of our various parts in harmony with one another. It is a whole thing. Body, mind and our Self or Essence. It does not have to be some boring task or 'necessary evil' so we can really just do what we want to do. It is a part of the whole connective integrated process.

In Session 3, Part 3, (video 3), endurance naturally starts being brought up. I hope this will prove to be good introduction into Session 4, which will be about endurance, a musical approach to it. Yes! Endurance is a part of the musical process because it has to do with the ability to stay within the connection no matter what. But that is for next week...

'See' you soon on a, musical approach to warming-up!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Session 2 of Frequency Bone Summer Music Connection 4: "Articulation Not Attacks!"

Here we are in "A Musical Approach to the Basics" Session 2, titled: "Articulation Not Attacks!" The description of these videos was posted earlier today, so please refer to those in the last blog post. Hope you find these useful!

Session 2: 
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

FBSMC4, Some Insights into Session 2, "Articulations Not Attacks!"

Either later today or tomorrow, FBSMC4, Session 2 titled "Articulation Not Attacks!" will be coming to the blog. It is in 3 parts and of course consists of 3 videos.

 In Part 1, I was working with my new microphone trying to get a better setting so the sound of the trombone would not be distorted. So many things just started to flow out of me that I just kept this video which was really meant to be a test for microphone placement! When it is happening, let it happen! So from this 'test', lots of stuff flew out of me including the subject of articulation. So I took that cue and kept running with it.

Part 2 could have the subtitle, "Find the Breathing Room within the Standard." What I mean by this, is to keep our minds and bodies from getting stiff while we get more specific about what we are looking for. There is aways room in what appears to very little room for 'error.' Even in the touchy realm of intonation! :-) Legato is brought up in this video and one of the important things is the attention to the musical approach. Musical here meaning, an idea that has gesture, contour and clear feeling or imagery. 

Part 3 could have the subtitle, "Basics are All Around Us" or, "Change is Basic to Living." Again, this video is very spontaneous and live at the point! There is a lot of fun and important information for teachers and students in this presentation.

*As you can see from these videos already, I am being myself. I am giving myself lots of room while keeping on task. This is what works for me. If you watch all the videos, I'm sure that a lot of your questions that arise from my seemingly jumping around in the subject matter and weaving many things in, will be answered. If you have questions, please send them in the comment section and I will address them. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Basics are Natural

In this pair of videos called "Basics are Natural," I am setting the tone for our summer get together which is called "A Musical Approach to the Basics."  I approach the basics in a musical way and am very spontaneous with them. What is musical you might ask? Well, for me, it means to be genuinely alive! It is organic and very naturally basic. Finding one's way is natural in the discovery process. The good teacher is a skilled guide and the student is driven by their own inner force while listening and applying the guide's directions as good as they can. 

Note: I am experimenting with a new microphone and the sound is not stellar on these videos. Hopefully the next video which should be out in a couple of days will be better! Don't let the not terrific sound block you from getting the main feeling and points that are being offered. 

Session 1, Part 1:

Session 1, Part 2:


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Welcome to Frequency Bone
Summer Music Connection 4!

A Musical Approach to the Basics

Welcome to the Fourth Annual "Frequency Bone Summer Music Connection"! Enjoy and take your time with this introductory video. A set of two more videos will be posted two days from now. Dive in and get your feet wet with the basics!

This introductory video to this summer's work, "A Musical Approach to the Basics," is to encourage a fuller feeling for and connection to what is basic. The simple, core, elementary and fundamental aspects of any subject are its roots. The seed will become a fully mature plant if its basics are taken care of. It is home base, the grounded state where all the later developments find their center.

An excellent exercise is to look at different things in life and find out what their basics are. For example: organic life breathes, whether it is a plant, snail, bird, fish, dog or a human. Breathing is so basic.  And it is also basic in wind and brass playing. It is about keeping it natural and at the same time realizing it is something to be developed into a skill. Here is an exercise:

1. Take a breath through your mouth lasting 5 seconds. 
2. Hold for 5 seconds.
3. Exhale the breath through your mouth for 10 seconds.
4. Repeat this 5 times then breath normally.

How do you feel after this?

Now repeat the exercise in this way:

1. While taking taking the in breath, feel the air as a natural powerful source of fuel for your body. 
2. While holding the breath, feel the air energizing your body.
3. During the exhale of the breath, feel all of your mind and body relaxed and stress free.
4. With each repetition of the 3 steps, feel each of the feelings get stronger and more potent each time.

Now how do you feel?

The importance of this simple exercise is to emphasize how important our minds are when we approach the basics. If we can have a feeling and connection about the basics that is natural and healthy, we will program our minds and bodies to get the most nourishment from them.