Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

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 […]

Mock auditions

May 6, 2013 at 4:01 pm

When preparing for auditions, the best possible exercise is playing mock auditions for other people. Do everything you can to mimic the situation you’ll find yourself in. Play in an unfamiliar room, set up a screen, and have someone else pick the order of the excerpts. Get ready for unpleasant environments by playing in a […]