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81  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
82  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
83  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
84  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
85  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
86  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
87  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.
88  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
89  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
90  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
91  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Finally got held of a Elkhart 62H on: Oct 22, 2017, 12:53AM
An update on this.

I got the horn back this Wednesday. The tech had to take the valves apart to move and align everything. Now it plays better especially on the valves. The gap slide/bell is now about five centimeters and I can hold the slide as I'm used to.

I compared the 62h to my 73h and it is now more open, especially in the low range. I will play this horn a lot before I decide if I need to do any further changes. This one has the second valve in E. I might look out for a D-slide or let the tech make a new one if not too expensive. Rolls works. I don't need to split the trigger's. 

This horn does not slot as easy as the 73h does but it is probably because they are different specifications, different bell throats and bell-tuning vs. slide-tuning. I'm more pleased with the horn now after the repair.

The tech said the valves were not aligned properly. It had been a sloppy repair work. He had to loose all the tubes in- and out of, and between, both valves to make everything straight.


Overall, 62Hs tend to slot better than 73Hs..... so you may .... I stress may.... have a leadpipe issue.  I have never played two 62Hs that were the same.... huge variation in blow.... and sound. Generally, the harder they are to blow, the better they sound.... sad.
Great trombones, but not as easy as most top end horns of today..... but a good one sounds like nothing else.

Chris Stearn
92  Teaching & Learning / Schools, Colleges and Conservatories / Masters study at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on: Oct 21, 2017, 12:28AM
A heads up for anyone wishing to take a masters in the UK....

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has space for masters Bass Trombone students next year. The RCS is one of the highest rated institutions in the WORLD. Interested players should look at the website to get a taste of what is on offer. PM me if you have any questions. We have a great track record for bass trombone and are a very cost effective place to study.

Chris Stearn
93  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Who in their right mind plays a Bach 1 1/2G ?? on: Oct 20, 2017, 01:52PM
Hard for me to believe that I actually sold that 185 to Max many moons ago. What a fine player and a great guy!

Lucky he doesn't play a boutique horn.... he would wipe us all out  Evil Evil Evil Evil

Or a 1 1/2G Bach  Evil Evil Evil Evil

Close call...
94  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Another Wagner conundrum. on: Oct 14, 2017, 02:28PM
There is no question about that part of the Ring cycle. The ride is NOT intended to be played on contrabass. Wagner expected contemporary trombones, which could have been any mixture of tenor and tenor/bass trombones, but 3 and 4 would be tenor/bass (Bb/F) for sure. Been there researched it.
It would help here on the forum if people refrained from posting if they they don't actually know the answer to a question.  Simple but effective.
A lot of pros cheat by playing bass or contra all the time... don't give us examples here..... that is a personal choice. The history has been researched.

Chris Stearn
95  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Minimal bracing & structural integrity? on: Oct 12, 2017, 11:26AM
When I build up or modify horns, I go toward minimal bracing. That does make them more liable to damage in some cases. Braces, in the right place, can enhance the blow of a horn.... you need at least enough to keep things stable, but positioning is everything.

Chris Stearn
96  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Who in their right mind plays a Bach 1 1/2G ?? on: Oct 11, 2017, 01:37AM
Not a criticism of the players themselves, but the sound concept.

Of course. Listen to professional bass trombone players in the UK and you will hear things you like.... orchestras, pits, jazz.... there is a commonality of sound that might be best termed 'classic' bass trombone.
In some ways this has been an unplanned unscripted story.... but I think the truth is that it is because of the massive figure of Bob Hughes providing a sonic glue for several generations of players in the UK.
Bob became a friend when we were both young professionals, starting out on a career. He had a class to his playing and sound, right from the early days that inspired all who heard him. Everybody said 'wow... if I could only sound like Bob'. Through his many recordings, all generations that followed had access to his sound (I know, it's not the same as live) and he has now taught very many players who continue his tradition.
One guy at the heart of British bass trombone playing.

Chris Stearn
97  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Who in their right mind plays a Bach 1 1/2G ?? on: Oct 10, 2017, 02:06PM
I'll get my coat...

There are still the players out there..... I've taught a few of them  Evil Evil

Chris Stearn
98  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Tuning in Slide vs. Tuning in Bell on: Oct 10, 2017, 02:47AM
There are so many other variables with horns that people are comparing that any conclusions are meaningless. I have owned and used the same instruments with tuning in bell, then converted to tuning in slide..... yes, there were small differences, but nothing to justify the hype generated from time to time on this forum. To me, a dual bore slide makes more difference to the tonal character. A leadpipe makes more difference. Lots of things make more difference.
If you are selling an old Conn bass, you are very likely to big up the virtues of the system, but it is the whole instrument that makes an old Conn what it is.

Chris Stearn
99  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Equipment Experiments on: Oct 09, 2017, 01:41PM
I experiment all the time in the orchestra.... but only when I feel at home on a piece of equipment away from work.... or at least understand it.

Chris Stearn
100  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Who in their right mind plays a Bach 1 1/2G ?? on: Oct 08, 2017, 11:27AM
Interesting stuff Zac, the 2G although very close to the 1 1/2G, is a different (and rather special) beast. Many of the players I have, and still admire played that mouthpiece. I tried going back on it this summer, but it still messes with my dental structure. I have had several students who found it to be their mouthpiece.... perhaps it is yours too !!

Chris Stearn
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