Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Summer Priorities

June 13, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Summer’s a slow time for most musicians. For those associated with a school (either as a student or a teacher), classes are usually out for a couple months. A random lesson or special event here or there may happen, but the schedule is much lighter. Symphony orchestras are also on hiatus, and even ensembles with […]

Morning practice

June 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm

I once heard a potentially apocryphal story about a musician who was asked to play a morning concert. His response was “Ten o’clock? I don’t even throw up before noon!” Whether or not this episode occurred, there’s certainly some truth to it. Musicians do not work a traditional 9-5 schedule. When I was on tour, […]

Recommitting

June 3, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Tapering before a performance or audition gives you a bit more discretionary time. You get used to being able to see your family in the evenings or accomplish something lucrative during the day. A normal day’s schedule does not include an obsessive focus on the practice room, and other interests and priorities creep in. After […]

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 […]