Category Archives: books

Happy Birthday Ron Carter!

Today is Ron Carter’s 72nd birthday. I’ve always been a huge Ron Carter fan. I love his phrasing and his ability to choose notes and rhythms in a walking bass line that literally drive the line forward, embedding a song … Continue reading

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Peter Tambroni’s edition of Bottessini’s Elegy

To celebrate his 100th post on, Peter Tambroni has made his edition of Bottessini’s Elegy available free for download. This offer expires on April 3rd so you better move fast.

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Sound in Motion (David McGill)

I recently finished reading Sound in Motion by David McGill. This is a great book. Originally written for wind players, the book discusses the fine points of phrasing and performance. The central theme on phrasing generally follows that put forth … Continue reading

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Eric Wilson’s Against Happiness

I’ve been reading Eric Wilson’s book Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy. I picked it up because several of the people in the research group I of which I am a member conduct research on subjective well-being (i.e., happiness). There … Continue reading

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Diagnosing Autism

Here’s an interesting article from CNN, mainly for parents needing help getting a proper diagnosis of their children with respect to autistic behavior. I think the article is good, but worry sometime about the potential for over-reaction. In some sense, … Continue reading

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