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Bryan Cranston Nails Audition Mindset

Whether you know him as a high school chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin, father of Malcolm, or Jerry Seinfeld’s dentist, Bryan Cranston is, without question, one of the greatest and most successful actors the world has ever known.  With the greatest series in the history of television and/or history, Breaking Bad, recently coming to a close, Bryan Cranston put on an acting masterclass each and every week as Walter White.  The magnificent depth he gave to his character, the masterful attention to detail he communicated throughout Heisenberg’s arc over the 62 episodes and the exquisitely organic collaboration he had on-screen with his fellow cast mates has no equal in the industry.  Bryan Cranston is indeed Classic Coke to everyone else’s tepid, off-brand, generic cola.

Bryan Cranston as Walter White

Bryan Cranston as Walter White (photo: AMC)

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“Sonata Breve” Mvt. I – Allegro Moderato by Walter S. Hartley

Hey there, everybody! Welcome to the first installment (of what I hope will be many!) of what I’m calling, “Practice Posts.” The idea behind these is that I’ll post a recording of me playing a piece I’m working on and use the blog to not only discuss the piece itself, but a few things I’ve worked on, as well as a few things I look forward continuing to work on. The idea is to post a variety of material, including solos, etudes, exercises, excerpts and whatever else fits on a music stand. My hope is that these “Practice Posts” will serve a few purposes; expose some great repertoire to those thirsting for something to work on, share some of the things I’ve learned over the years as I approach each challenge, and last, but certainly not least, serve as an accountability tool for yours truly. Assuredly, these “Practice Posts” will be providing me with a cornucopia of humble pie….because really…I need to feel even worse about myself…

 "Sonata Breve" for bass trombone solo by Walter S. Hartley

“Sonata Breve” for bass trombone solo by Walter S. Hartley

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