Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Two New Videos of Q&A for Duquesne University Trombone Studio with Myself and Dr.Viera

James Nova, the trombone teacher and head of the brass Department at Duquesne University asked myself and Dr. Carol Viera (my wife and partner) to do a master class at Duquesne University. The masterclass will eventually happen at some point in the future. 'Dr.V' had the idea that she and I would take questions and respond by video to Mr. Nova's trombone studio at the university ahead of the proposed masterclass. Mr. Nova thought that was a great idea and had his students write down some questions to ask Dr.V and myself which we responded to on these two videos.

On January 29th, 2018, we made these two videos addressing three of the students' questions. Dr. V and I got into a very good process with the questions and as you will see from the videos the answers are not black and white. We delved into the feelings of the questions and took them in many directions to paint a broad picture of their implications and tied it together with some practical ways and means. The questions ask about tension while holding the instrument, nerves, performance anxiety, audition preparation and dealing with the intensity of being on the job.

Here are the videos! I hope those of you who are watching will be able to get some good insight and some new ways to approach these situations.

Video 1  https://youtu.be/xlCarcYDTLw
Video 2 https://youtu.be/O8q3G-4VcrE