Q: How long can my video be?
A: Try to keep it under 20 minutes, but a short video is sometimes even better. It allows me to dive in and give really precise feedback, rather than a general statement about your overall playing. Sometimes the best way to get better is to look at your playing under a microscope. If it's a short passage (1-2 minutes) I do recommend you play it twice/send two takes of the excerpt. This gives me a really good idea of what about your performance is consistent and prevents me from talking about something that might have just been a one-off mistake.
Q: Why do they cost what they do?
A: I can only dedicate time to ten lessons each week. I'm committed to providing you with quality feedback at the highest level. If I charge less for the lessons, I can't keep up with the volume of them, and if I charge more, nobody will be willing to pay. The exact rates fluctuate slightly because of this, but it's simply supply and demand (and isn't necessarily representative of what I think a lesson with me is worth!) If the price is too steep, you can always sign up for the "cancellation wait-list" which puts you on a list for if somebody else drops out last minute.
Q: What should I play?
A: Whatever you're working on right now. Maybe you have a solo in a concert coming up or an audition? Whatever it is, I'll listen and give you constructive things to work on! If you're struggling with a certain technique (range, tonguing, breathing), make sure to mention it in the video!
Q: Can it be jazz?
A: Absolutely! Working on jazz improvisation is one of my favorite things to do! My training comes from some of the best jazz trombonists today including Marshall Gilkes, Tim Albright, Ryan Keberle, and Jon Fedchock. Although I didn't end up going, I was accepted into CalArts' jazz trombone program for graduate studies. Don't let the website name fool you... I ain't no jive turkey.
Q: Can it be help in composition?
A: Sure! Send in a video asking all of the questions you want asked and send whatever you're working on including a "Finale File" or XML if you're not a Finale user. If you're a beginner, we can start at the very beginning. It's a very good place to start.
Q: How long will it take to hear back?
A: I'm still getting into the groove of these. Once I have a steady schedule of students, I'll be sending them out the same day every week, so no longer than 7 days.
Q: If I have follow up questions, can I ask them?
A: Yes, of course. You can send any follow up questions by just replying to the message with my video attached.
Q: How do I send my video?
A: Follow the guide here