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1  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Mouthpiece/horn synergy on: Yesterday at 01:31 AM
Different trombones work better with different mouthpieces... a perfect match for one trombone is dreadful in another. I thought that was a given. If (and it is usually the case) a trombone has been developed with the help of a professional player, it will work at it's best when used with the mouthpiece that the player uses. You will often not know who did the development and what they were playing.
The Conn 88H is supposed to work well with the Remington mouthpiece, though that is considered small these days.
Modern Yamaha basses are not at their best with ANY small bass mouthpiece.... they work better with many bigger bass mouthpieces.
Some instruments are more flexible with regard to mouthpieces and some are very picky.
When we choose a new instrument it is usually with our regular, favourite mouthpiece, so we select a good match even without realising it. It is often when an instrument falls into our hands and we wish to use it that mouthpiece confusion follows.

Chris Stearn
2  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: The aging trombonist (and how to do it gracefully) on: Dec 09, 2017, 05:41AM
Chris, there's an optician about 5 minutes drive from Mick Rath who specialises in glasses for musicians so they can see music and director as required. The business is called Allegro Optical in Meltham. Happy to put you in touch.

I have say that the glasses I recently had made work very well. I will probably end up using them. The truth is that I prefer the conductor to be a blur.... it makes them so much easier to follow.
Chris Stearn
3  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Practice mute or mouthpiece buzzing plus other things? on: Dec 07, 2017, 12:25AM
Hi Chris,

Is that because of the significant additional back-pressure that the plugging up of the bell produces? In that case, going to the other extreme of having none would also be bad, but not as much. But are there advantages of buzzing on the mouthpiece that make it superior to always playing on the trombone (at least for a little bit)? Or, if you can always have your trombone, that's always the best option. The reason I ask is that if the correct back-pressure is a key issue, then using a Warburton plug at the end of the mouthpiece would seem to be the best all around compromise.

(I've been on travel for a week (with another two weeks to go) with my trombone, a spare kelly MP, and a practice mute, and I've been limited in being able to play at full volume. So I'm looking for "best practices" for having productive practice sessions". I have noticed that my lip flexibilities are getting worse from just using the practice mute, so I've started playing super quiet as suggested by Doug).

Cheers, Pete

It's to do with the way the brain works. It sees a trombone with a mute as a trombone but a mouthpiece alone is viewed as something very different. Previous trombone learning can be damaged by extended mute work which can be mentally overlaid with the change in resistance.  Mouthpiece buzzing is mentally treated as a unique action though there will be spillover into normal playing with extended use. The spillover is usually beneficial.
It is far mor complex but that is a rough idea.

Chris Stearn
4  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Practice mute or mouthpiece buzzing plus other things? on: Dec 06, 2017, 12:54AM
The practice mute is less than ideal but playing 105% of a trombone is a lot better than playing with only 5% of your instrument.

That one I strongly disagree with. Practice mutes can destabilise playing far more easily than mouthpiece buzzing.  It would take too long to go into the reasons but it is what I have seen over many years.

Chris Stearn
5  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Wessex 7B Copy on: Nov 28, 2017, 03:28PM
They are great value. Nice to blow. Perhaps on the light side, sound wise and you need to bend the valve levers to suit, but a lot of horn for the money. The new bass will be a real step up. More cash , but again, great value.

Chris Stearn
6  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: A valve concept I've been conteplating for a while.... on: Nov 26, 2017, 07:50PM
Bossey and Hawkes made just such an attachment in the 1970's on their tenor trombone designed with Denis Wick. It sort of worked, but was not great. It allowed for a removable valve. As Bruce pointed out, German trombones often have tuning slide valves, but the proportions are different.

Chris Stearn
7  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Two New Wessex design Trombones on: Nov 21, 2017, 10:53AM
Is the Contra slide long enough to do the Bartok Gliss?  And if so, will there be a handle attachment?

Really nice looking horns!

Don't do it. That gliss is fine on a bass... easy to find a way round.
NOT a contra part !!!

Chris Stearn
8  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: 10 Minute Warm-Up vs. 15 Minute Warm-up vs. 20 Minute Warm-up on: Nov 16, 2017, 03:04AM
Also agree with Leif and Svenne... no books... warm up the brain and the ears not just the face. Don't get locked into routines.

Chris Stearn
9  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: 10 Minute Warm-Up vs. 15 Minute Warm-up vs. 20 Minute Warm-up on: Nov 16, 2017, 02:59AM
Cooffee.... love that :)

Chris Stearn
10  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Mouthpiece recommendation for 3/4 size Eb Tuba on: Nov 15, 2017, 01:04AM
Here you go..
Bach 25

I use a Mt Vernon 25 on my mini Bb Tuba. A gem. Much smaller than the 24AW. Our tuba player is borrowing it to use on Cimbasso at the moment.  Sounds amazing and feels nice on the face.
Chris Stearn
11  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: The aging trombonist (and how to do it gracefully) on: Nov 14, 2017, 11:51PM
I am 63 years old and have the following:
Parkinson's Disease
Macro Degenerative Disease
SKin Cancer Squamous Cell removed this summer

I still actcively play my trombone
I still teach
I golf.
Nothing has changed.

I go about my day as a normal person. I played a recital in August playing among others Spillman COncerto and WIlder Sonata, and Vivaldi Concerto. I refuse to stop.

 BRAVO !!!!

Chris Stearn
12  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: The aging trombonist (and how to do it gracefully) on: Nov 13, 2017, 02:07PM
M. Stern I went and had my ophthalmologist examine my eyes for the distance that my music stand sits from my eyes...Worked really well for me... I used old frames and it cost me around $50... Now I'm considering getting the very top portion of the lens made for long distance viewing so I can see the conductor/audience better in my recently joined community band...Depending on the cost I may go that route...

Just had such a set made.... didn't feel right for me.... great for driving though. I did use them last week after driving with them for 4 hours.

Chris Stearn
13  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Full sound, whisper tones etc. on: Nov 13, 2017, 01:19PM
I like that effect. It's different and valid when done with taste. It's not hard.... you just have to experiment a little. Not in the orchestra of course  :)

Chris Stearn
14  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: The aging trombonist (and how to do it gracefully) on: Nov 13, 2017, 01:11PM
Well, here I am still in the gig I won back in 1984.... will be 62 next month.
What's it like now compared to back then ?
Overall..... EASIER.
The physical act of playing is at it's most efficient.... high low, soft loud... still works.
I know most of the rep. Done the standard stuff many times.... it's still fun and gives my brain a workout, but I am more comfortable.
So, you say, there must be downsides.....
Yup.... eyesight is the biggest one.... it's not bad, but not as good as it was, and I have yet to find glasses that I really like.... upside is that I remember music quicker because that makes life easier.
Hearing is okay.... a bit off the top, but I have no issues with a gig playing quarter tones this week.
I do get more tired... not on the gig... travelling.... the back end of last week I played in Inverness Thursday night, drove to Edinburgh Friday morning, did afternoon and evening rehearsals there and morning and afternoon Saturday, then drove back to Inverness for an evening show. Sunday I drove back to Glasgow. The rest of Sunday I was out of it. Tomorrow is Glasgow, Wednesday Edinburgh, Thursday and Friday Huddersfield and Saturday Glasgow, Sunday Edinburgh, Monday Perth, Tuesday Edinburgh, Wednesday Glasgow.... you get the picture.  Driving gets tougher.
I still want to get better on trombone and enjoy practice.
So many people go on about how much harder it gets, so I am quite surprised at the 'business-as-usual' way things are up to now.
Nobody is getting younger.... but it's okay.... honest.

Chris Stearn
15  Creation and Performance / The Business of Music / Re: Ridiculously young person gets Halle bass trombone job on: Nov 07, 2017, 10:31AM
22 years old - not that young. Obviously had good teachers.

I just know when to keep out of the way. 22 years is young enough. He is well aware of the previous incumbents... Nev was a legend too.
I have been very lucky to have a stream of talented students over the years.

Chris Stearn.
16  Creation and Performance / The Business of Music / Re: Ridiculously young person gets Halle bass trombone job on: Nov 05, 2017, 05:53AM
I am delighted with Kyle's appointment. He is a musician of exceptional ability and a quiet, modest person. It has been a joy to teach him these last few years and I know he will make a great contribution to the Halle in particular and the brass world in general.
Bravo Kyle !!!

Chris Stearn
17  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Need a better compromise... (Read this Doug!) on: Oct 31, 2017, 12:37PM
And with this thread the forum reaches a new low.

Several posts are beneath contempt.

Seriously, some of you need to find out what music is... and think about it.

I suppose I have the disadvantage of being seen as a member of the musical establishment.... whatever that is....

but honestly, I am dumbfounded.

Chris Stearn
18  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: FS: Reynolds Contempora Trombone on: Oct 26, 2017, 08:35AM
PM sent.
19  Town Hall / Comments and Suggestions / Re: Donations on: Oct 23, 2017, 12:54AM
Richard only mails one of the Admins..... and that seems to be a one way process.

The rest of us are as much in the dark as ordinary members.

We have no idea of what money has come in and what it is used for.

Chris Stearn
20  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: FS-Holton TR 180 on: Oct 22, 2017, 06:27AM
Is this one I played ? The Holtons of yours that I have played were astonishingly good.

Chris Stearn
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