Bringing Things Within Reach

My opinion about what makes effective musical practice continues to evolve. I keep the ideas and principles that help me, and shed those that don’t. The one principle that I never lose sight of (because it always helps!) can be stated in the form of a question: What is the main aim of my practice? […]

Improvising: Why You Need To Be Comfortable Taking Risks

The phrase, “comfortable taking risks”, sounds a bit like an oxymoron. After all, if you feel comfortable doing something, are you actually taking risks? The answer is:  “it depends”. One the one hand, I think of my dearest friend, Mark, who for many years risked life and limb (literally!) as a lineman for an electrical […]