More on Lip Creams

Apparently we have a large number of players with dry lips and for that reason I have included some information on what I use regularly on my lips….not that means anything. This is what I have been using for years after a friend recommended it. It is a little more greasy than some of the other products but it seems to work well as indicated by the following users comments- Absulutely Amazing I have used Expensive cold sore meds, i have even gone to a dermatologist but to no avail.. I have sufferd with severe immune issues relating to the…

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Chop Saver by Gosling (Update)

In our previous post, we featured the product “Chop Saver” by Gosling and received several questions as to how effective it is. To answer these inquiries I can only say that the product works as well as Chap Stick and other products I have used through the years. The outstanding endorsements made by the musicians in our previous post should be enough information for all. Try the product and find out for yourself if it is something you need to include in your trumpet case. I have used both forms of this product and have been satisfied with their results…

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Chop Saver by Gosling

Several weeks ago, one of our readers wanted to know if the product Chop Savers by Gosling was any good. At the time I had no idea as to its merits for I had never heard of it. So, in order to be semi “hip” with the trumpet world I took my readers advice and searched through every Walgreens, CVS, and Walmart and found that no one had ever heard of it. After searching in line, I finally found their home page and decided to request a free sample to try it out. Free sample of course means you get…

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Selecting An Instrument To Study- Part 4: Social, Economic And Political Influences

You may wonder what social, economic and political influences have to do with the selection of our children’s instruments but you must realize that our surroundings have a great impact on many decisions in our lives. This posting addresses all three influences from an historic standpoint and it was written to share information relating to our changing views of the most popular instruments at the time. 1900 During this period in our history, our musical taste leaned heavily toward a new music called Ragtime. The well known composer Scott Joplin led the way to this early example of jazz and…

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Selecting An Instrument To Study Part 3- Late Bloomers

Whether you have played an instrument before or you are a first timer, learning or relearning an instrument can be exciting and fun. There are many advantages to being in the twilight years of your life. One advantage is that no one expects much out of you. I celebrated my sixty-ninth birthday while playing a seven day a week show in Branson. The trombone player asked me how old I was and when I told him, he stared intensely at me and said, “That’s amazing”. I’m not sure what he really meant but I took it as a compliment to…

Selecting An Instrument To Study Part 2-Traditional Students

A student is most often faced with the dilemma of instrument selection around the fourth grade and this experience is usually more of a trauma for the parents than it is for the student. Parents are faced with the pressures of guiding their child into an area that will affect their lives (both child and parent) for some time and the thought of the added expense of the instrument, the lessons and the travel to and from the lessons can be intimidating. Fortunately most of us have lived through the experience and are on hand to give the less experienced…

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Selecting An Instrument To Study

When my wife first suggested this topic, I was very excited for I realized how important this subject could be. Then, after thinking about the mass of information and the myriad of directions one could approach this post, I realized that an entire book would be needed to touch on all the important issues. After careful consideration I have decided to tackle the topic anyway. I have never been accused of shying away from the imposable so please realize that I will try to structure this topic from several views and in doing so, the number of post will be…

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