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21  Teaching & Learning / Pedagogy / Re: Mouthpiece Buzzing on: May 10, 2017, 01:43PM
Mouthpiece buzzing is not like drinking beer.... I do both and can tell the difference.

Chris Stearn
22  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Conn 71H Tuning slide on: May 10, 2017, 10:34AM
I have a tuning slide crook in raw brass, never mounted... couple of little nicks. You would need to have your legs mounted on it and then buffed and lacquered. PM me if interested.

Chris Stearn
23  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: FS: BrassArk Schatz Pipe on: May 07, 2017, 01:34PM
Sorry just the Schatz...which is a great pipe don't knock it

Well, Jack likes it !

Chris Stearn
24  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: New Greg Black 1G on: May 07, 2017, 12:32AM
Seems like the owners of MV 1-1/2Gs are always checking out other things too... Evil

Not all of them  ;-)
There is a difference between a great mouthpiece and THE mouthpiece... I've been lucky enough to own many great mouthpieces and now I'm stuck on THE mouthpiece.
It owns me as much  as I own it.

Chris Stearn
25  Teaching & Learning / Schools, Colleges and Conservatories / Re: Paul Pollard to Join IU Faculty on: May 04, 2017, 02:45PM
Bill... what was edited ??? PM me and I will look into it.

Chris Stearn
26  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: How do you get back to playing well after not playing on: Apr 29, 2017, 02:17PM
I've been in a situation in which I haven't been able to play (hardly at all) for the past 2 weeks. I sound pretty bad, and I was wondering if you guys had any advice for getting back to where I was before the hiatus. Thanks!

Stop playing opera...

Chris Stearn
27  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Developing centred notes on: Apr 25, 2017, 10:23AM
What I mean is you have to use your own brain... not rely on other people's brains.
A good teacher teaches people to think for themselves.

28  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Developing centred notes on: Apr 25, 2017, 08:41AM
Okay.... I'll tell you the secret....


Look, listen, learn, practise.

Stop looking for short cuts.

Take lessons when you think you need them.

That's aimed at anybody who wants to get better.

Chris Stearn
29  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Developing centred notes on: Apr 25, 2017, 12:58AM
Thanks Svenne, one thing is sure, I have a very strong concept inside of how I want my sound to be. But the truth is I for many years in fact had equipment that made my sound too big. Maybe unfocused.  I practiced a lot but had trouble getting it the way I wanted. My teacher told it was nearly too big and told I should go smaller. I didn't listen before many years later. Some years ago I read some of Chris posts and I tried some smaller equipment and recorded it. Couldn't believe my ears, sound was suddenly where I wanted it to be!

So I believe right equipment for the player is important. Maybe not big or small, but right for that given player. I didn't have the insight or knowledge and I also refused to listen advices.

So I think right equipment is one factor, but more important is practice and a concept to practice towards. If we don't have a concept, we will not get anywhere with our practice. I have in fact practiced a lot, and I like my sound today. I only wish my technique could be better, but it seems to go very slow. But in fact when I listen any trombone I endorse sound before technique.

In the end I have to admit I dont know exactly how to practice to get a good sound. Nor technique. But the more experienced people here have seen and listen more and can give better answers. Im not exactly sure how to practice.


Well Leif, look at it this way.... you are getting a great sound... by general agreement on this forum, so the way you have done that must be a path that can be used. That sound in your head that you want to produce has led you to ways to practise and equipment choices that have worked.
The biggest thing by far is that you (and a lot of the rest of us) love the sound that George Roberts used to make.
Keeping that sound idea and working toward it is central.
It is so simple as an idea that most people dismiss it and layer complexity into their practise.
We had a student, side by side session in the orchestra yesterday. My first year student came in and whilst he enjoyed the session, it was obvious (at least I hope it was) that his idea of sound have yet to develop. In the afternoon the professional player returned .... my ex-student... and his wonderful sound was even more apparent. That sound is the result of years of hard work and a clear sound concept.... it takes time.
Keep it simple.... keep chasing...

Chris Stearn
30  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Developing centred notes on: Apr 24, 2017, 08:27AM
I should clarify.... we are looking for the most vibrant and interesting sound. Playing in tune is part of that. A sound in your head... pitch and quality. Core. There's another word. Talking about sound is like dancing about painting...  
That means we just end up confused. Ah well...

Chris Stearn
31  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Developing centred notes on: Apr 24, 2017, 08:16AM
Do you think they actually play high or low of center?  Or is it a mental image that they use that works for them, but maybe they're really playing in the center? 

Center is not the best word here.

Chris Stearn
32  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: How long does it take to get a brassark leadpipe? on: Apr 24, 2017, 07:46AM
You order something you get an eta from the person directly. Plain and simple. And FWIW Noah has always retuned my emails and I'm a nobody.
No... you're a somebody  :)
33  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: How many dents do you tolerate in your horns? on: Apr 24, 2017, 12:34AM
I am careful with the tools of my trade. If I have owned it since new, it will look very good with usually only the unavoidable mute dents in the bell. Used instruments are as they are... lacquer in all states of preservation, some with few dents , others with many.... how they play is everything and they bear the scars of their previous lives, which is fine with me.

Chris Stearn
34  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Developing centred notes on: Apr 24, 2017, 12:24AM
Yes, since they are two different players, there must be a difference in how to achieve goals. I don't know how to get a centered sound, but I believe it helps to have a kind of sound goal. Either another player or a style of sound. Anyway it helps me. Understand how to get it is not easy without help. Try everyday and have a goal inside our head?

One question that might help is what can cause an uncentred sound?

Yes, Leif... concept is king... that way the brain controls the face. You should not think about what your face is doing whist you perform and very rarely during practise. The brain is the control system and you have to use it. Concept.

Chris Stearn
35  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Help with 2nd Trombone Purchase on: Apr 24, 2017, 12:16AM
You guys are great, but you have to understand that my son's preference is not to have a shiny instrument.  He'd actually want to get the lacquer removed.  He has it in his head that a lacquer free horn has a more mellow sound - which is true, isn't it.   Have a Brass Band in our home town, and they are pretty good.  When Wycliffe Gordon is soloing, my kid goes nuts.  Even listens to Gordon on Apple Radio. 

No need for any additional comments on mouthpieces.....he's gonna get a new one.  When we decide on the horn, we can continue the mouthpiece conversation.

You don't strip the lacquer on vintage Conns... that is part of how they play. You can strip a Bach if you want. Lacquer saves a lot of cleaning.

Chris Stearn
36  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Help with 2nd Trombone Purchase on: Apr 23, 2017, 02:11PM
Bruce, I cannot understand why you call the Elkhart Conn 88H light.... I could sit you next to quite a few players using 88H's who could monster anybody out of the way.
Out of fashion in the US perhaps... but not light.

Chris Stearn
37  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Minick's Work on: Apr 18, 2017, 11:47PM


Chris Stearn
38  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Small bore Martins on: Apr 18, 2017, 11:45PM
I have an Imperial from '62.... wonderful instrument.

Chris Stearn
39  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Minick's Work on: Apr 17, 2017, 11:37PM
I've owned a couple of basses that Minick worked on and played a few more as well and I have to say that the instruments varied a lot...but most Minick marked basses are instruments that he has done work on as required by the customer... the triple valve 72H comes to mind... the customer is always right. I had a 60H with indi rotors that he put on.... standard Conn rotors that were nothing special (a very good Elkhart bass though). I have just installed Minick made indi rotors on my modern 62H... Conn parts but the rotor cores have been worked on... blow as free as my Hagmanns ! Someone must have paid more for that set and got more done. You never know quite what you have with these horns that have Minick engraved on the valve linkage.... now a complete Minick built bass, that would be interesting  Evil

Chris Stearn
40  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / Re: Lesson with Jay Friedman: a summary on: Apr 17, 2017, 03:29AM
I wonder what Friedman ment when he told to play in the top third of the partial, almost as blowing a little high? I always try to get the center like Chris told. Maybe that student blow a little too low?


But the 'centre' is not in the middle of possibilities... it is towards the top. Sounds odd, I know, so centre is not the best word.... most vibrant pitch ??

Chris Stearn
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