This past school year, I had the pleasure of working with a great bunch of horn students. A friend of mine saw a video I posted of me playing Frippery 21. He sampled it and turned it into a track. I took that track and made this short video of some of my students from the school year.
One of the most common issues I find with horn players is hand position. Hand position is one of the most important aspects of playing the horn, yet it's one of the last things young horn players think about.
Here's a quick video that shows where the hand should go and why it's so important. There's a few cameos from my students, too. This was a fun one to shoot.
It's snowing on the east coast today. I'm from Virginia Beach, VA. Growing up, we would get a dusting of snow every few years. Some years, more snow than others. Most of the time, our DOT would be on their job and the major roads would be salted in preparation for the snow.
Currently, I live in Georgia. I actually moved here during a snow storm in 2011. It's snowed maybe every other year since then. It snowed a few weeks ago. It was beautiful. Good thing I didn't have anywhere to go because they do not know how to deal with the roads here. Everything is so spread out, it's almost impossible to try and salt everything anyway.
In celebration of the snow, I recorded "Let it Snow" by Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight. One of my favorite groups and my favorite singer come together for the perfect holiday song that I play all year long. Thanks for listening!
I asked my 8th grade horn players why they like playing the horn. They have so much personality, I knew I had to get their answers on video. I also asked them to give some advice to new horn players.
It's day 2 of the music challenge! Today's song is a song you like with a number in the title. This one was a little easier than yesterday's. I was obsessed with both of these songs when they first came out and they're still in heavy rotation.
24k by Bruno Mars
I was always a fan of Bruno Mars' live shows. Live band, dancing... he puts on a high energy show. But, I've never been much of a fan of his music until he did Uptown Funk with Mark Ronson. And then he dropped 24K. I love almost every song on the album. This is the one that fit the challenge.
1 Thing by Amerie
I fell in love with Amerie's music when she released her first single, "Why Don't We Fall in Love" during the summer of 2002. Then she followed up with the 2005 release of "1 Thing". The fusion of go-go and R&B will (almost) always win with me. Amerie and her then producer Rich Harrison make magic together.
The other day on Instagram (follow me @jsquaredhorn), Kadeem Hardison posted a pic with a 30 day music challenge. I decided to get in on the fun. Why not?
This was actually harder than I thought it would. I must've had brain freeze because it took me at least 10 minutes before I could even think of one song that had a color in the title. Of course, after I posted the challenge on Facebook and everyone started posting other songs, I remembered all of the songs mentioned. I still came up with a good one, though.
Orange Moon by Erykah Badu
One of my favorites. I remember hearing Erykah Badu perform this song live before the Mama's Gun album came out. I was mesmerized and I usually don't like to hear songs that I don't know. Erykah has been my favorite ever since she came onto the scene with On & On.
Come back tomorrow for Day 2!
Inspiration can come from anywhere. As a musician, we are always being told by someone that you have to find a "real" job. I choose to follow my passion and make being a musician my "real" job. You can do it, too just like this violinist in NY.
I've always considered myself to be an amateur filmmaker. In my head. In my mind, I rewrite scenes from my favorite movies, I guess the next lines in all of my favorite tv shows. As a professional musician and teacher, I'm a huge proponent of do-it-yourself. If you have a song you want people to hear, put it out there yourself. So, if I have a movie in my head that I want people to see, I need to put it out there myself.
I challenged myself to shoot and edit a short film using only my iPhone and iMovie. Below is the result.