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4841  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / the high register-endurance-long tone paradox on: Jan 05, 2004, 10:46PM
Dave is so right about the dangers of remote face-doctoring.
One to one sessions with a good teacher are what is needed in most cases- that's why I generally stay out of the physical forums.
Chris Stearn.
4842  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / the high register-endurance-long tone paradox on: Jan 03, 2004, 12:44PM
Jeff,another element in your case, is the amount of changes of trombone and mouthpiece that you are subjecting yourself to.
Working above the tenor clef is about practice of and WITH the familiar. You MUST settle down and work with one setup.
You have what? medium tenor, symphony tenor and bass ?
Just use one of them and work at it.
Shires may go to the wall, but quit messing with gear, and start to get a real feel for a trombone.
Chris Stearn.
4843  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Nervousness? on: Jan 05, 2004, 10:57PM
Most important- prepare well, prepare VERY well.
Second, focus on the music, and getting it across.
Don't forget to enjoy playing.
Before the audition, take slow deep breaths.
When you play, focus on the music and the air.
Even the world's greatest players are human and can feel their nerves in tricky situations.
I know what it is like to play by yourself to a hall of trombonists- not easy !!
Music is communication- reach out to your listeners and play music.
Chris Stearn.
4844  Practice Break / Cool Web Sites / The voice of Caruso on: Jul 15, 2003, 11:46AM
Oh ! that car dealer page really cracked me up !
Then you listen to the man himself, a that's the way cab drivers impart their wisdom- blunt, and with NO chance of doubt !!!
Chris Stearn.
4845  Practice Break / Cool Web Sites / my phatty car on: May 24, 2003, 11:57AM
No ! No ! BassTbrnMike, you want a Rath , not an Edwards        
The Jensen is British, but has a big-block mopar sitting in there ! 0-60 in 6.7sec. tops out at around 135-140 (never been there myself) Drinks fuel like a bone section drinks beer !!
Chris Stearn.
4846  Practice Break / Cool Web Sites / my phatty car on: May 24, 2003, 10:14PM
Hi Christine,
You go to http://www.rathtrombones.com
click enter
go to multimedia and select gallery
scroll down the names, passing the Chris Stearn & Leon Ni photo, untill you get to another Chris Stearn photo. Click and all is revealed !
Probably not worth all the bother.
Chris Stearn  
4847  Practice Break / Cool Web Sites / my phatty car on: May 23, 2003, 01:14PM
Oh ! DJ
A roller ? Now I thought you had more taste.
My Jensen can be seen under my backside, on the Rath website. A little less ordinary.
Chris Stearn          
4848  Teaching & Learning / Pedagogy / physical contact on: Dec 14, 2003, 01:13PM
In the school system in the UK, physical contact is not allowed. At the college level it is a grey area. Over the years I have found ways of covering all my areas of instruction without physical contact, and I think that has led me to better ways of instruction. Forget physical contact- you don't need it and it is no longer accepted in most circles.
Chris Stearn.
4849  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Be warned! on: Sep 13, 2003, 02:51PM
Very Funny.
That's the sort of rubbish I have to put up with from the viola section all the time. Didn't expect to see it here.
Chris Stearn.
4850  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / What Does Your Login Name Mean? on: Aug 22, 2003, 10:12PM
Blast happened because the 'system' refused to take my name about ten times, even though nobody else used it, during my initial sign-up. I got so fed-up with it that I just typed in 'blast', and the system took it ! I've never been known to play loud, so it's not really fitting.        
Chris Stearn.
4851  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / OTJ Forum's Profanity Policy on: Jul 19, 2003, 03:36PM
Well I hit this thread at midnight, and am here at 1.30 am
It's all very sad.
Nobody wins.
It's a shame on all of us that we cannot work together as fellow trombonists in a forum like this.
Forget zen.
Think mess.
Chris Stearn.
4852  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Distinguishing between the best on: Jun 10, 2003, 11:29AM
Music is not a competition. Why do we have to have a best? Why not just enjoy great playing and great music ? Most of us recognise it even if we don't understand what makes it great.
Chris Stearn.
4853  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / American culture? on: May 26, 2003, 09:57AM
Well Sam,
I'd be prepared to talk some more if you had not decided to put words in my mouth that I have at no time and in no way uttered. I'm out of here,
Chris Stearn
4854  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / American culture? on: May 25, 2003, 01:28PM
Well DJ is on song at the moment. Fun to read, but also lots to think about.
Steve beck- personally I think that if all the people on this planet were able to move anywhere, after 10-15 years of shuffling around, people would be more or less where they were at the start. When employment restrictions ended in the European Union there was no mass upheaval, no race to the south of France. There are as many people in the UK as in America that think the rest of the world would flood in if we let them, I wonder if that would really happen.
When I said that I thought Sam Burtis was 'better than that' there was no hidden meaning. I expected something more reasoned and perceptive, and yes the WW2 stuff can be offensive, especially from the Russian perspective, where millions lost their lives in the successful repulsion of the German forces.
The anti- American tag I don't understand. It's not actually where I'm coming from- I thought this was just a discussion and exchange of views.
It began in a light and easy way, with interesting points, but has, at times become petty and personal, which is not to the benefit of any of us.
Chris Stearn.
4855  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / American culture? on: May 25, 2003, 02:16AM
Good points Paul.
If you travel around the planet (I admit that I've only been to 14 other countries)you find different ways of life- all equally valid, and often you have a new perspective on your own little bit of the world, by seeing different ways, customs and traditions you enlarge the context of your own culture.
If one large group of people declare their particular culture to be better than all others, and then set about swamping the planet with that 'culture', people will fight back. They have.
That's not good for anybody.
Chris Stearn.
4856  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / American culture? on: May 24, 2003, 12:14PM
Sam, with that outburst, you come to personify the America that much of the world fears. I thought you were better than that.
Chris Stearn.
4857  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / American culture? on: May 24, 2003, 12:55AM
Glad everyone took my comment in the humourous spirit in which it was intended. Jeff's punishment is just too terrible !!!
On a serious note, America is probably the most diverse nation on earth. Some of the most cultured and clever people I know are American, and whilst it is easy to poke fun at the stereotypes, it is also too easy to ignore the huge positive effects of the nation. It is a vast nation of contrast and contrdiction, therein lies both it's strength and it's weakness.
Chris Stearn.
4858  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / American culture? on: May 23, 2003, 12:51PM
American culture;
is this not a contradiction in terms ?
Chris Stearn              
4859  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Range on: Aug 17, 2002, 05:22PM
Oh it's there-
but nobody wants to put up an excerpt with just a big long top 'F' in it. All that excerpt tells a panel is if you can smack out a top 'F'.
We can torture you in more ways than that in your ten minutes.            
Chris Stearn.
4860  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Eurovision culture on: May 25, 2003, 02:23AM
Great to see that the countries of Europe (plus a bit) can produce mindless trash with the best of them.
Chris Stearn.
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