Wednesday, 25 May 2016

The Elgar Howarth Way

Newly Published - The Elgar Howarth Way, 16 studies for intermediate to advanced trumpet with performance CD by well-known trumpeter and composer Elgar Howarth.  New and in stock.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Tips on Preparing for Music Exams

It's that time of year again, music exams approach and there are so many things to think about.  Here are a few tips to help you or your family member through...

  1. Practice enough but not too much - too much repetition can make your performance stale and mechanical, make sure you get a break to do something else from time to time
  2. Practice with your pianist - not just once the day before, make sure you practice with the pianist a few times so you each know how you are going to approach the exam music
  3. Check you have the music well in advance - the instrumental part and the piano accompaniment need to be originals and they will be inspected on the day, so don't leave it to the last minute!  If you need music, go to
  4. On the day- take some water with you as your brain needs water to function and if you are nervous you'll get though more water than normal, warm up thoroughly, and when you get in the exam room, smile and enjoy it!
Examiners are generally nice, friendly people who want you to do well, so relax and you'll be great.
If anyone has any other tips for exam season, do let me know!