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1  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Favorite Etudes? on: Jun 19, 2017, 12:21PM
You still need to be a good musician to play in a polka band.
2  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: What is the most strategically effective way to organize practice time? on: Jun 18, 2017, 08:52PM
I have an Arban's routine I like to use. I'll play the numbers ending in the current date- say it's the 13th. I'll play 3, 13, 23, 33, etc in the first 2 or 3 sections of the book. That covers a lot of fundamentals bases. Then I take a break and do my other practice.
3  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Favorite Etudes? on: Jun 18, 2017, 08:50PM
Similar question as the overall thread: although I have subbed on bass several times for each of the past few years, I am mainly a tenor player. I am hoping to get more serious about bass because I love the sound (almost prefer it to tenor) and I have finally been able to acquire a horn (Bach 50) at a price within my reach. Any suggestions on etudes to work on as I develop bass technique & sound? Tenor will still be my main instrument, but I don't want to sound like a tenor player when I get called to play bass.

Play bass more, and listen to more bass players. Any etudes will do, really. The Naulais are just really fun.
4  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Favorite Etudes? on: Jun 18, 2017, 04:07PM
5  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Ritter George Bass Concerto on: Jun 18, 2017, 03:40PM
I have not played this, so take this with a grain of salt.

You'll have to sneak some breaths, after getting a nice big one on maybe count 3 of measure 21. It helps to start with a good breath in a phrase like that. I would probably try to sneak them before the and of 4 in 22 and in a similar place in 24.

It'll help to be really efficient with the low Cs and probably not playing too loud in general.
6  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Skin Falling Off Above Lips After Playing on: Jun 13, 2017, 07:02PM
My lower lip does this when I play a lot. I make sure to moisturize my face around my chops (I use some Aveeno face lotion) and use Burt's Bees on my chops every night.

Also make sure you're drinking enough water.
7  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Hammond bass rims vs greg black bass rims on: Jun 12, 2017, 10:56PM
Hammond rims are definitely a little wider than GB rims, at least the ones I have.

Give the Rath 1 1/4W a shot too.
8  Creation and Performance / The Business of Music / Re: A trip to Virtuosity Musical Instruments, Boston on: Jun 10, 2017, 09:52PM
Good mouthpiece!!  :D
9  Town Hall / Notices from TTF Members / Re: CalArts trombone faculty on: Jun 10, 2017, 11:47AM
Congrats, Matt!!
10  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Forget quality, listen to the volume! on: Jun 08, 2017, 07:05PM
NO ONE under ANY circumstance should play louder than their tone quality dictates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Bad dog.  No Biscuits.


Except in practice, which is how you expand your dynamic range.

As to the OP,

As always, playing the highest dynamic should be a choice. If the choice is to play it all the time without question, then the choice is probably wrong. Some moments should be loud, some should be louder, some should be loudest (same goes for lower dynamics, too).

Audiences (and judges) will quickly tire of anything that stays in the same zone for too long, and that goes doubly for loud upon loud.
11  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Which instrument to buy? on: Jun 07, 2017, 09:51PM
A used 42B can be found for under $1000, as can an 88H. Why compromise at that price point?
12  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Which instrument to buy? on: Jun 07, 2017, 01:16PM
Don't worry about the lightweight slide- the normal one is IMO best on 42s.

So you plan on continuing with tenor? Since you play bass in the other ensembles.
13  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: Powerhouse Low Brass Recordings on: Jun 07, 2017, 12:45PM
NY Phil low brass demolishing the orchestra in Tannhauser. Much slower than the CSO recording, too. The last chord is pretty glorious.

13:50 mark-


Also, NY Phil low brass demolishing the orchestra in 1812 at the 1:50 mark. The scale at 2:11 is literally unbelievable.  :cry:

14  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Which instrument to buy? on: Jun 07, 2017, 12:34PM
Either horn will be a great tenor. Buy whichever one you like more, though I would definitely buy one used rather than new.

Do you already have a student horn?
15  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: What Was Your First Car? on: Jun 04, 2017, 09:07PM
I started on a 1993 Toyota Truck. Yes, that is the model name. It was quite possibly the most standard vehicle ever made. 5 speed, manual everything, no AC, no power steering. Great little trucklet.
16  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Denis Wick , measurement accuracy . on: Jun 04, 2017, 07:04PM
I have 2 3ALs, from a very long time ago and a new CNC piece. They are basically completely different mouthpieces, with different weights, lengths, rim widths, sizes, cup sizes, and throats.
17  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Comments on short clip on: Jun 03, 2017, 08:25AM
Orchestras typically tune higher.
18  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Comments on short clip on: Jun 03, 2017, 07:48AM
Is the long tones track at A=442?
19  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Tuning Preference on: Jun 02, 2017, 02:45PM
I find F/Gb/D to be a nice balance between ability to use valves for more notes and keeping the low range farther in.

F/G is cool, but puts low C and B farther out than I really prefer.
20  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: WTT Brass Bach 42 outer slide for NIckel Silver (Lightweight) outer slide on: May 27, 2017, 09:23PM
But, some outers and inners work fine. I have 2 full Bach slides, with swapped outers.
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