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1  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:

2  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
3  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.
4  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.
5  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: FitBit on: May 14, 2015, 08:00PM
Can it tell you the distance covered by your wrist ?  Could be a new metric for trombone practice.
6  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Stolen. Rath R4F near London on: May 12, 2015, 12:05PM
Maybe the thieves thought the case held an AK47 or golf clubs or something.
Dunno why they would want the mutes though.
7  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: Ipad 2 on: May 08, 2015, 03:02PM

Looks like a comprehensive comparison of music readers
8  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: Ipad 2 on: May 08, 2015, 01:28AM
Here are a few ideas to get you started. Search for them on the apple App Store.

Ireal Pro
iBone (just a toy, but a good party trick )

Also, there are a bunch of oscilloscope apps if you want to check out overtone series.

9  Practice Break / Found on the 'Net / Re: Nice 88H on: May 07, 2015, 02:39AM

See this discussion by the TTF old-timers...

10  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Going Cannibalistic on: May 06, 2015, 06:29PM
... we're looking for some musical derivative that may have spawned some hit tune regarding cannibals, suitable for polka adaptation.  Idea!.

Closest I can think of is "The Reluctant Cannibal" by Flanders & Swann...


11  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: My laptop woes, multiple errors on Windows 7, long (sorry) on: May 04, 2015, 11:35AM
Microsoft releases most updates in bunches, usually monthly, sometimes fortnightly. You could turn off auto updates and do a manual update just after microsoft' s release dates...

12  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: My laptop woes, multiple errors on Windows 7, long (sorry) on: Apr 30, 2015, 09:44PM
Linux is a great OS if you know how to use it, but it's susceptible to viruses that compromise the whole system.
It's no harder to use than Windows, and not even very different now (at least the Linux Mint interface).
My kid's laptop is running a free version of AVG antivirus and there haven't been any virus issue so far.  Because Linux is a very small proportion of the potential "market" for viruses, the virus developers don't pay much attention to it. 

13  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: My laptop woes, multiple errors on Windows 7, long (sorry) on: Apr 29, 2015, 09:47PM
If you can't reinstate Windows 7...

My kid has a Dell laptop from around 2007 which had Windows XP installed when I bought it for  < $100.  Did a clean install of Linux Mint 17 removing all traces of Windows.  Have installed Audacity and messed around with it and it seems to work fine. 

There is a bunch of music software around for Linux...
...and everything on here

Linux Mint has the most Windows-like interface, and you can set up your system do everything with a mouse rather than typing in code like the old Linux OSs required. The interface is pretty similar to Windows XP.

If you want to proceed down the new computer route, it might be worth waiting a few months for Windows 10 to become the standard OS. It's supposed to address all the issues with the current Windows although I have a funny feeling that I've heard that before   :/
14  Creation and Performance / The Business of Music / Re: Big regret over choice of instrument on: Apr 27, 2015, 01:48PM
When was the last time you heard an audience of reasonable size clap, scream, yell, cheer, dance to, and clap their hands for a trombonist ...

The Mnozil guys get a good reception. I think they're probably the most innovative group in creating a following out of any group using "traditional" instruments.
15  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Have you bought a horn from Quinn the Eskimo? on: Apr 17, 2015, 01:28AM
I read a lot of good about DJ in this topic. I kept reading hoping someone would list where DJ was, but I did not see anything but comments. Can someone tell me or list how to contact DJ?

16  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Considering starting to play the trombone on: Apr 17, 2015, 01:11AM
As a beginner, I'd suggest one of the many good student instruments out there.  A simple trombone with a half inch (12.7 mm if you are metric) bore and about an 8 inch (200 mm) bell...

...If you are an advanced trumpet or tuba player you are probably used to using valve slides to adjust intonation.  We just move the slide a little in or out.

1 As you're already playing tuba, you could get a large bore trombone if that best suits the styles you aspire to play (orchestra, brass band). Just get a mouthpiece which feels comfortable.  Something within the range of Bach sizes from 5g to 4g work for most people - 4g ish probably best coming from tuba.

2 Worse, you're probably used to lipping notes into tune. Once you get the hang of the slide you'll realise what an abomination that whole concept is.

3 Bass trombone would be an option for you as well, and the mouthpiece size is closer to what you're used to.

I played cornet before, and learning to use the slide was less of a challenge than developing an embouchure that worked.  (After 5 years I still think of the slide positions as "1 and 3" etc rather than "6th position"  but it doesn't affect my playing.)

Good luck

17  Practice Break / Polls / Re: TA-TA-KA or TA-KA-TA?? on: Apr 15, 2015, 03:19PM
Just ignoring the vowel aspect,
I reach a speed ceiling with T-K-T  T-K-T...  well below the ceiling for T-T-K  T-T-K...

I think I am constrained by the time it takes to get the tongue in the correct position from the 3rd note in the group to the first note of the next.  It's much quicker coming off a K to a T than a T to a T. 

Maybe there's some psychological block about this but I need to think that I'm putting some sort of emphasis on the first not of the group. Maybe I think that I can get away with murkier articulation on the secon note in the group than the first.

I learnt to double tongue before triple tonguing so a natural progression was to use T-K-T T-K-T...   It took me about 10 times as long to unlearn it and change to T-T-K T-T-K.  Maybe the Arban book covers triple tonguing before double tonging is to ensure that the natural progression to T-K-T doesn't happen.

18  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Pedagogical Myths on: Apr 12, 2015, 11:30AM
Good points Walt.
I think the issue is better defined as "getting learners to play softly without explaining the right and wrong ways to play softly, and making sure their technique is correct".  (I'm definitely not accusing you of this.)

This probably applies to all aspects of playing, but I think that the "play softly" one is more dangerous than most. It may be a bigger issue for trumpet/ cornet than trombone/ euphonium etc.

19  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Pedagogical Myths on: Apr 11, 2015, 03:56AM
Proposed myth :
"It is important to get learners to play really quietly."

The reason for doing this is to teach breath control.

My experience as a learner:
I probably learnt a bunch of bad habits to reduce the airflow while trying to play quietly before I had anything like a well-developed embouchure. e.g. Tension in throat or back of tongue, tip of tongue touching lower lip.
20  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: a what?? elkhart bach bass? on: Apr 10, 2015, 07:23PM


Yes it seems wrong on several levels, but the auction description is probably close enough to accurate.  While not branded "bach" , it was sold by Vincent Bach International.

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