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Amazing Things in the World. Facebook site with spectacular photos from around the world. Water clock in Osaka. Boat made up recycled plastic bottles. Sunset in Antigua (!!). Hanging monastery (China). Rainbow finch. Machu Picchu. Rainbow Rose. Mexican walking fish. Arabian sand cat. Mona Lisa portrait made of 3604 coffee cups. Most beautiful horse in the world. Beautiful beaches. Owls. Kittens. Cars. Craters. Melon art. Hand painting. Skylines. Waterfalls. More beaches.

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Do Nothing For 2 Minutes

Let’s face it: we’re all adrenaline junkies. We do too much, can’t sit still, check our email/Facebook too much, have forgotten how to de-stress, relax, shut down even momentarily the shrill blah blah radio in our heads (this becomes especially important when we’re trying to perform on the horn). This web site shows a lovely photo of the ocean at sunset and challenges you to simply listen to the sound of waves and watch the sunset for 2 minutes without interruption. If you can’t (even moving the cursor), you “fail.” But you can try again. It’s harder to do than it looks. Give it a try.

Groove Based Practice

As far as the rhythmic aspect is concerned, traditional horn etudes use mostly simple (duple and triple) meter and rhythms. Contemporary etudes may use more complex rhythms or meter, but often aperiodically or irregularly. What’s missing? Groove!

8 Diatonic Patterns

Playing scales only straight up and down in octaves in of limited usefulness and is soon boring. Spice up your routine by practicing various patterns!