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State School vs Conservatory

Q: Dear Weston,

Obviously an important factor in a student's career is where they study. You studied at a state school for 2 years and then went to a conservatory. Can you explain why you chose this and the…
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How do you deal with negative colleagues?

Q: 
Hi Weston, 

First of all, I would like to thank you for everything I learned when I took a lesson with you and auditioned at XXXXXX a few years ago. I am still learning from the experience. I…

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How Tongue Placement Relates to Range

Q: Hi Weston,

Can you explain with a bit more detail as to how the tongue level you mentioned can be actually practiced. You mentioned the whistling technique and I conceptually understand it but it's kinda tricky for me…
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Embouchure work/Double buzz

Q: 

Hi Weston,

Hope everything goes well with you! 

The more I play in the orchestra, the more I feel the basic things are very important. Now I am pretty sure the thing that causes my double…
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Great Mountains Music Festival

The following link is to an interview with myself and Matt Guilford, Bass Trombonist of the National Symphony Orchestra. We were both artists/faculty at the 2012 Great Mountain Music Festival in South Korea. To see the interview, click here.
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The Road to "Success"

Q:

I was just curious, what are some of the things you did while in school/pre-MET, that you credit the most with your tremendous success? I'm sure even you had these thoughts when you were in school, that you…
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High Range

The following two questions basically ask the same thing. So I will use one posting to answer both.

Q:

Hello Mr. Sprott,

Can you discuss how to strengthen the upper range, especially up to the Berlioz "Symphonie…
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Ego and Confidence

Q:

Hi Weston,
I'm curious how you deal with balancing confidence and ego. I'm still young in my studies, so I am still finding my boundaries. Recently in my efforts to not be "that guy" in a section/studio, I…
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Your Support System

Q:
Hi Weston,
I have a question to ask. Could you tell me what the real "support" is? One of my teachers said no matter what register you play, you must keep pushing your belly outward. The other…
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Pedal Register

Q:
Hello Mr. Sprott,

First of all, I've never done this sort of thing, that is contact a pro with a big issue of mine, but after reading through your site it looks like you would be a…
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Conditioning vs Improvement

Q: 
Hello Weston Sprott,
First I must tell you how much I love your site. The playing tips section has some real gold nuggets, I look forward to your further comments.

My question for you: Has your…