Category Miscellaneous

The Art of Being a Music Major

In honor of everyone going back to school, here are some things you’ll wish you’d done after you graduate: Go to more recitals. Drink less. Study more.  Practice way more. Pay attention in your core curriculum classes. Throw yourself completely into music. Realize how lucky you are to be a music major in college. Think about […]

What Music Looks Like / A Cellist. And Cows.

This  certainly demonstrates the power of music, no? A cellist plays and a group of cows walks across the field to get closer, to listen.   And it’s not just classical—cows like jazz too. Some scientists suggest that music boosts the milk output of dairy cows. We certainly know it boosts the output of students. […]

What Music Looks Like / African Suite

Heard this on NPR the other day and found it enchanting. Andrew York’s Mbira (from the African Suite) played by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

Today in Music / July 16

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio, K. 384) was performed at the Burgtheater in Vienna on this day in 1782. Although the Emperor Joseph II may (or may not) have pronounced the music had “too many notes,” the opera was a huge success and continues to be frequently […]

Drop the Needle / The Navy Hymn

To celebrate Independence Day here is the Navy Hymn (“Eternal Father, Strong to Save”) for tuba quartet. All parts played by me on a Yamaha YFB-822 F tuba and a Miraphone 188 CC tuba.

What Others are Saying / Øystein Baadsvik

I saw this on Oystein’s FaceBook just the other day and I had to repost. I have said things very similar to this to my students before. He is a phenomenal musician and tuba player. I wish more people thought like this. . . “Sound is nothing. Music is everything. I am SICK and tired […]

The Pursuit of a Life in Music

Welcome to Long Tones. Glad you’re here! This blog is primarily intended for people like me—either “young professional” musicians, or those of you who are still in college. Maybe you graduated not long ago, or you soon will. You want to “make it,” to live the dream of being a professional musician. There’s just one […]