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Best of the Blog: 2016

POSTED ON December 31, 2016   |   Post A Comment

Before we let the door hit 2016 on its way out, I wanted to share the most popular Creative Music Blog articles from this year:

Forget 10,000 Hours of Delayed Gratification—Practice Flow

5 Types of Call and Response Phrases

Jerry Bergonzi’s Secret

More Information Isn’t the Answer

Average Is Boring

Transcribe the Music in Your Head

Quantity Leads to Quality

Find Your Calling

Who Cares if You Practice?

Ideal Music Under Perfect Conditions

Download the 10 Improvisation Games for Ensembles handout.

Hope you have a peaceful and productive new year!

Cheers,
– ST



Essential for Practice, Kryptonite for Performance

POSTED ON December 17, 2016   |   One Comment

Self-evaluation is indispensable for making progress, but constant self-criticism can sabotage our performance on stage. I’ve struggled with this for years, and performance psychologist Dr. Noa Kageyama helps us identify and take steps toward solving this nagging problem.


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Unused Creativity Doesn’t Disappear

POSTED ON December 09, 2016   |   Post A Comment

Gearing up to release my new eBook, Creativity Triggers for Musicians. Below is part of the introduction. Reserve your free copy.

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Does Too Much Shedding Dampen Creativity?

POSTED ON December 03, 2016   |   Post A Comment

Q&A article this week. If you have any questions, write me at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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More Information Isn’t the Answer

POSTED ON November 26, 2016   |   2 Comments

I know many musicians struggle with a common problem—they have a vision of where they want to go, motivation to practice today, but don’t know how to bridge the chasm.

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Phil Parisot’s Lingo: Out Today on OA2 Records

POSTED ON November 19, 2016   |   Post A Comment

I had the privilege of recording with drummer extraordinaire Phil Parisot this Spring. The quartet record Lingo is out today on OA2 Records. Listen to clips and order at Amazon or OA2 records. CD release show on December 26th at Tula’s in Seattle.

 

About the record:

For Seattle-based drummer/composer Phil Parisot, playing music is about coming home. With “Lingo,” he introduces a new quartet comprised of musicians he’s known for 20 years. The result is a dark and atmospheric sound that draws upon an array of influences, including Afro-Cuban, fusion, and symphonic, all molded seamlessly into a cohesive modern jazz package. In addition to presenting a number of original compositions, “Lingo” is enhanced by references to Hugh Masekela, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, and more. Joining Parisot is Steve Treseler on tenor and soprano saxophone, Dan Kramlich on piano and Fender Rhodes, and Michael Glynn on acoustic bass.

– ST

Infinite Hope

POSTED ON November 12, 2016   |   Post A Comment

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
Martin Luther King Jr.

 

There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.
Leonard Cohen, 1934 – 2016

Jerry Bergonzi’s Secret

POSTED ON November 04, 2016   |   Post A Comment

To follow up on my article, Forget 10,000 Hours of Delayed Gratification—Practice Flow, I want to share insight into the high-flow practices of two my favorite musicians.

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Interview for UW School of Music

POSTED ON October 29, 2016   |   Post A Comment

Brenda Banks, my graduate school advisor at the University of Washington, interviewed me as part of a series featuring alumni with “alternative” careers. We discuss the origin of my blog, my experience in the UW jazz program, marketing, and my future plans. I also list my favorite resources for freelance musicians and teachers.

Read the interview here

– ST

New Game Symphony Website

POSTED ON October 23, 2016   |   Post A Comment

I just released a promo video and new website for the Game Symphony Workshop. Watch classically-trained musicians collaboratively create and perform original music.

The footage comes from an adult workshop at Seattle Pacific University and a workshop with a high school jazz band. Watch the high school students play entertaining creative games to break the ice and build community. Thanks to Karl Benitez for filming the workshops and producing the video.

In related news, I’m performing with the Seattle Soundpainting Ensemble on Thursday 11/10 at the Chapel in Wallingford at 8PM.

– ST

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