Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

May 2013

Tapering

May 26, 2013 at 10:34 am

The audition I’m preparing for is about a week away, which means it’s time for me to taper my¬†practice schedule. A good practice schedule includes periods of hard physical effort that leave you mentally and physically drained. But, because you want to go into the audition fresh and strong, you need to include some amount […]

Sounding bad

May 21, 2013 at 9:07 am

Few things annoy me more than when I play poorly. Whether it’s a performance or just a daily practice session, I really don’t like sounding bad. When I do, I get very frustrated and depressed overall, and it can affect not only the next time I play, but everything else I do in the meantime […]

Good enough

May 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm

How good is good enough? I think the simple fact that I’m asking the question implies the answer that there is no such thing. But, I’d like to give some anecdotal evidence why not. Full-time positions are rare enough that the competition is always very stiff simply for economic reasons. There are only so many […]