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1  Creation and Performance / Other Musicians and Ensembles / Re: Mediocrity in community bands on: Sep 30, 2015, 10:36AM
I think that "musical apathy" is the problem here, rather than mediocrity per-se. 
We were all mediocre once ( some of us still might be) and lower level bands need to tolerate this.
The problem is that with the apathy you would be less likely to get past the mediocrity.

2  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Cricket Ashes 2015 - Doom and Gloom on: Aug 06, 2015, 11:39PM
Cricket. What's that.

I've decided to follow the netball.  The World Championships have just started and we should do well.

I'm guessing you're a rugby denier as well.
(go the All Blacks!)
3  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Should I replace my mouthpiece or my trombone? on: Aug 05, 2015, 04:23PM
A lot of the errors I have when playing a piece are from my lips doing something odd in the mouthpiece, like involuntary sounds and stuff like that (kind of like a voice cracking).

Sounds like what is referred to around here as a "double buzz", which can be caused by a number of different issues (search the forum for more).  It is best looked at by a teacher.  Doug is an authority on this stuff.
4  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Vowel to use and thinking of which note I play on: Aug 05, 2015, 02:56PM
Here's some recent research on the vowel / brass sound thing. 


Abstract: This paper presents some initial findings regarding the influence of First Language on playing brass instruments. Using ultra- sound imaging of the tongue, vowel production and sustained trombone notes were compared for a New Zealand English and a Tongan speaker. It is suggested that, during trombone play- ing, the tongue shapes used by the Tongan participant pattern with the back vowel /o/ while those used by the New Zealand English player pattern with the centralized KIT vowel (/9/) and schwa (/@/). It is argued that these findings provide preliminary evidence of First Language influence on brass playing.

There are also theories I've heard that northern English accents are better suited to brass playing than those from further South.  I don't know if this has been tested scientifically. There is likely to be a bit of North South brass band rivalry influencing this.

5  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: fs possibly //holton 185 //holton 169 on: Aug 03, 2015, 09:35PM
if you want it next day to new  zealand --no problem  Pant

You gotta stop posting this sort of stuff - It's gonna get me into trouble one day.
6  Town Hall / Notices from TTF Members / Re: Live streaming from New Zealand - Brassbanned.com on: Jul 10, 2015, 10:11PM
The Own Choice event for the A Grade bands is on now for the next 5 hours or so.  This is the best event to watch.
7  Town Hall / Notices from TTF Members / Live streaming from New Zealand - Brassbanned.com on: Jul 09, 2015, 12:04PM
Over the next couple of days, the New Zealand brass band championships will be live streamed at brassbanned.com  .
The quality of sound is great, and video fine to watch on screen or through a tv. 

Starts 1 1/2 hours from now.

8  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: intermediate or professional? on: Jun 19, 2015, 07:59PM
I've got a King 2125 (3B+ with F attachment) and a King 607f for my kid.  Played side by side, the 2125 has a greater range of tone, and is easier to colour, but for a kid the 607f is ideal.

If I took the thick orange lacquer off the 607f, it could be significantly better.  (The 2125 is silver-plated.)

9  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / NY Times article on Chuck McAlexander on: Jun 19, 2015, 01:08PM
10  Teaching & Learning / Pedagogy / Re: Tuning a new trombone on: Jun 18, 2015, 07:40PM
Maybe try practising scales & argeggios with your eyes shut to recalibrate the connection between your ears and arm.
11  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Playing Loudly on: Jun 15, 2015, 03:09AM
I had a lightbulb moment recently...
Playing louder does not necessarily require more air.

(Context is playing a large bore tenor in a brass band )

What I mean is that when the trombone part is written forte or louder,  the trombone is usually to be heard clearly.  Letting the sound change toward more sizzle means that it's easier to be heard above other instruments, without necessarily using more air.

I'm not disagreeing with the points made above, but taking a different approach to interpreting the written dynamics.
12  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: What would you get? on: Jun 14, 2015, 05:09PM
How about a decent microphone and some looping software ?
13  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Is A King 3B+ Actually .525 When Measured? on: Jun 11, 2015, 01:55AM
I also have a 2125. I don't have gear to measure inside diameter , but the outside diameter of the inners is 0.545  . If the wall thickness is 0.010, then the id would be 0.525  .  The outside diameter of the stockings is 0.553.  The number on the slide is 5911.

I have a 607 as  well, and the slide dimensions are the same.


14  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Improving on trombone away from the instrument? on: May 28, 2015, 04:27PM
Go through major and minor scales in your head, arpeggio, tunes, think of sound, hear a trombone in your head.

.. and practice triple tongueing the scales and arpeggios
15  Practice Break / Polls / Re: Which instrument on: May 27, 2015, 03:12AM
How about Bass Trombone as an option ?
16  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Apps like Teamer for band / gig management on: May 27, 2015, 03:10AM
I've been using Teamer for about a year for getting brass band players to gigs. It's a web-based system for setting up events, sending notifications to team members and collating their availability. It can be viewed via a browser or smartphone app. It has some SMS functionality but cellular providers in NZ seem to block it from working properly.  It's way better than not having a system that does this but I'm wondering if there is anything similar but better.  The main things which annoy me about it are:
 -  You can't assign a "position" (i.e. instrument) to a player
 -  You can't control the order in which the players appear in the squad
 -  Limitations on number of characters you can use in some fields
 -  Malfunctioning SMS features

The website is www.teamer.net

Is anyone using anything similar but better ?

17  Teaching & Learning / Schools, Colleges and Conservatories / Re: Is one lesson with a top pro going to make any big difference? on: May 20, 2015, 07:07PM
If you want a better idea of what you might get out of a one-off lesson, check out Jim Cheesebrough's site. He has recorded video of lessons from 15 or more different teachers:

18  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Gold Brass VS Yellow Brass VS Rose Brass on: May 19, 2015, 08:05PM
Plenty of conflicting opinions in these for a start...



... and one about nickel slides
19  Teaching & Learning / History of the Trombone / Re: Modern history of the Bass Trombone - G Bass Trombone on: May 19, 2015, 11:37AM
Hi  Dave
It was Te Awamutu Brass" - not very close to you.
20  Teaching & Learning / History of the Trombone / Re: Modern history of the Bass Trombone - G Bass Trombone on: May 19, 2015, 04:13AM
In the weekend I went to a mildly competitive festival for lower grade bands.
One brass band used a G bass, which is something I don't recall seeing any where else. Unfortunately I didn't hear them play.

The guy playing it looked old enough to have played the instrument from new.
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