Greg's Blog

Welcome to the official blog of trombonist, pianist, composer, and educator Greg Strohman. If you have ever found yourself skeptical of how music is often being taught, sold, performed, or otherwise characterized you should follow this blog. With each post Greg challenges conventional thinking and and explores important philosophical issues surrounding this art form we all love so much.

Fundamental Tradeoffs

By Greg Strohman | May 8, 2012

As a performing musician I am often plagued with the task of trying to have my cake and eat it too. We want to play cleanly and accurately, but also with energy and emotion. We want to be able to have the best possible tone, but also as large of a tonal range as possible.…

The Necessity of Logic for Musicians (and everyone else too)

By Greg Strohman | April 2, 2012

Nearly everyone claims to champion logic in their approach to the world. Politicians cite logic in policy debates. Scientists claim it to defend their theories. Corporations exploit it when advertising product designs. Preachers refer to it in the pulpit. Engineers apply it in the laboratory. Teachers and professors tout it in their classrooms and lecture…

Art and Science

By Greg Strohman | February 24, 2012

I am often asked how music and physics overlap, due to my background in both areas. Typical answers include acoustics, instrument design, tuning systems, etc. However, the general consensus is that science and art are two discreet phenonena and that neither of which can be understood in terms of the other. Having deeply invested myself…

Practicing

By Greg Strohman | January 26, 2012

I am often asked by my students how I can find time to practice in the midst of a very busy schedule. I must first admit that it is not always easy to do, especially when you play two very different instruments. I believe that there are generally four different types of practicing: 1) practicing…