Monday, October 17, 2016

Four Tips to Avoid Practicing on Auto Pilot

I consider practicing fundamental technique to be a hugely important part of being a musician. As a result, I practice my fundamentals as close to daily as I possibly can. For trumpet, that includes "multi-tonguing," or double and triple tonguing. Multi-tonguing is a skill that you need to practice regularly in order to maintain a high level.

I was recently working on my double tonguing and noticed my sound quality deteriorating in the upper register on certain passages. This is not uncommon, and it's one of the reasons I practice that particular exercise. But what was weird was what I did next: nothing.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Summer Fun

Warm weather has finally arrived here in Michigan! As a freelance musician and adjunct college music instructor, much of my work grinds to a halt around this time of year. The orchestras I perform with are off until the Fall, school is out, and for me it's time to dig in and put some quality time in on the Structured Practice Method!

I haven't updated the blog in a couple of months, which in internet time is the equivalent of about 5 years, so I though I should write and let you all know what's happening in the world of SPM.

Sunday, March 6, 2016


This afternoon I've released two great new updates to the Structured Practice Method:
  • Containers/Rotations
  • Streamlined practice options
Details after the break!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Quick Tip - Getting Your Music On Screen in SPM

Many people have asked me if SPM can store pdf files of music and display them while practicing. While the system won't currently store your music for you, you CAN keep your music files on a service like Google Drive and create links to open the music in SPM. Read on for complete instructions...

Monday, February 8, 2016

Great New Statistics Displays!

I'm very excited today to be able to announce another awesome new feature I've recently added to the Structured Practice Method: Improved statistics, with Pie Charts!!

The stats have been online for over a week and are running flawlessly at this point! Details after the break: