Category Archives: Guides

The Life of a Musician ~ Take 123

Only a dedicated musician would take $20,000 in instruments in his $500 car, 50 miles one way to make $20. ~ Anon The holiday season is upon us and for most musicians this is a busy time. I am an … Continue reading

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The Perfect Clarinet

If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be. ~ Yogi Berra I have spent a lot of time helping family and friends find the perfect instrument within the constraints of their budgets. New musicians, young musicians, adult newbies and returning … Continue reading

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Pricing your Band ~ A Lesson in Economics

My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. ~ Steve Jobs I have been running the Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra for approaching 12 years. Three to … Continue reading

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Music Notation Software Update 2015

Saw this article and wanted to put it in my reading file. The bottom line: Upgrade bottom line: SIBELIUS If you use Sibelius 7, I think that’s a good version to stick with for now. (that’s the version I use … Continue reading

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G+ Hangout & Circle Review

Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good. ~ Plato I have been using Google’s G+ for a while now, but recently I started playing with Circles and Hangouts. After having … Continue reading

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Finding that *Perfect* Community Band

I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was … Continue reading

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Guide to Late Bloomers ~ Returning to Music Performance

“If I were to begin life again, I would devote it to music. It is the only cheap and unpunished rapture upon earth.” ~ Sydney Smith Baby boomers are retiring in very large numbers. They are selecting hobbies that are … Continue reading

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