Taking the Plunge

Welcome to my new blog, where I hope to post regularly on a variety of horn related topics. I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for awhile now, but I suppose procrastination took over, as it often does. Another reason I was hesitant to start blogging is because of the numerous excellent horn blogs already out there. With veteran teachers and performers already contributing pages of high quality information every day, I wondered, what could I possibly have to offer? Well …in this first post I thought I’d lay out a few of the reasons why I finally decided to take the plunge.

Communication/Networking: Blogging is a great way to stay in touch with colleagues, students, and prospective students. In addition to discussing my own experiences, I’ll keep any interested readers updated on various horn related activities in the area. In fact, keeping area hornists informed is one part of my duties as an area representative for the International Horn Society.

Writing Practice: As a horn teacher, the words and language I use are as important as my playing. I practice horn every day, so why not practice writing regularly? Some of my blog posts might even be able to be expanded into full-fledged articles.

Teaching: Hopefully this blog will help me solidify my own concepts about horn playing, in turn making me a more effective teacher.

A Link in the Chain: Like anyone else, I have unique experiences and perspectives, and by sharing those with others, I feel like I will be contributing at least in a small way to the development of my field.

New Ideas: Just starting this blog got me thinking in a number of directions, which is always exciting. People thrive on new and engaging experiences, and I think this blog will be a fun way to flesh out some creative ideas about horn teaching and playing.

Coming Up: CD Review-It’s All Relative

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This is so great, James! I love that you are doing this!!! Hope you and Kristen are having a great summer.

Sandy

Hi, James – found you via the ever link generous Bruce Hembd. Very pleasantly surprised to see me on your blog roll, thanks so much. My comment has to do with a value of blogging not directly touched on in your list. No matter how clearly you write, I think that from time to time you’ll find commenters responding in unlooked for ways. (I’ve taken to rereading posts several times before making a comment because it’s so easy to read my own concerns and interests into somebody else’s writing.) These sorts of comments can be the most valuable because they’ll get you to see things implicit in your writing and thinking that you hadn’t realized beforehand.

Happy blogging!

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