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1  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Cataract surgery - picking a music reading lens on: Yesterday at 01:53 AM
I've had music reading glasses made.  The biggest problem with reading music is getting the right focal distance in the prescription.  Which is why the drug store magnifiers don't work for me for this, they focus too close.  I would suggest after your surgery measure the distance between your eyes and you music stand (for me this is arms length), then when you go to the Optometrist to get your prescription take some typical music with you, put it that distance away from your face and then he can try different lenses with the right focal length distance. 
2  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Development of an Ergonomic Euphonium on: Apr 25, 2017, 12:13PM
The write up didn't specifically say this was compensated, it sort of looks like it is but I can't tell for sure if there are two sets of tubing on not by the pictures.  If it is a compensated horn I might want to give one a try.
3  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Mouthpiece on: Apr 20, 2017, 03:48PM
I personally always go with what sounds best I find that any mouthpiece I play on regularly for a couple of weeks I will adapt to and it will feel good.
4  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Basic Military Training on: Apr 19, 2017, 05:46AM
With all due respect, if basic training stresses you out you should most certainly not be in the military. Granted, being a bandsman is a far cry from being in SEAL Team Six, or a nuclear submarine officer/crewman, or a fighter pilot, etc., but being in the military carries with it the possibility being of being put in harms way and the acceptance of the possibility of dying for your country. The reality is many military members in combatant roles are very resentful of guys and gals tooting their horns and collecting the same base pay as they do.

I would disagree with this. Basic training is designed to stress out recruits to see if they have what it takes to make it through.  I don't know anyone who made it all the way through basic training who didn't feel stressed out by the experience.  Basic training in the US Navy anyways (which was where I did it) was the same for everyone regardless of if you were going to be a bandsman or a future seal team member (which you wouldn't know at the time of basic training).
5  Practice Break / Found on the 'Net / Re: Am I The Only One To Cringe? on: Apr 19, 2017, 05:22AM
I would agree that a company like Woodwind and Brasswind should know better than to hang a trombone by the slide.  Done gently for a short duration of time (like taking a picture requires) probably isn't going to do damage, but I wouldn't chance it with one of my horns.  Also someone looking at this (especially a young student) might get the idea that this an appropriate way to display a horn between use.  You would think a company that sells horns and horn accessories would have an appropriate trombone stand to use for photographic purposes.
6  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Basic Military Training on: Apr 17, 2017, 04:12PM
Well it's been several decades since I did basic training, but basic training was primarily about teaching you to follow directions.  Sometimes they will ask you to do the stupidest things, but the best thing to do is just whatever the instructions are that the give you follow them as closely and as quickly as possible.  The other difficult part of Basic training is the physical conditioning.  The physical conditioning will be difficult at first but will get easier as time goes by, don't get discouraged if you can't do everything at first, just keep trying it will come. 
7  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Tenor Mouthpiece For Bass Trombone Player on: Apr 09, 2017, 01:35PM
I will disagree with a couple of posters on the 51D, which I find is a pretty terrible tenor mouthpiece. The 51 is much better IMO.

I would agree with Burgerbob the 51D has a very deep cup and is more suited to euphonium than tenor trombone.  The 51 would be a better tenor choice, or the Wick 4AL or 4BL would be a good choice to try. 
8  Practice Break / Polls / Re: Rosolino vs the rest on: Apr 04, 2017, 07:15AM
I admire Rosolino for his technical ability, and he was definately a unique player.  I enjoy listening to a lot of different players, and have my own personal favorite (JJ), but I hesitate to say anyone is the Best or Greatest at an endeavor.  Music is such a subjective subject, and what I think is great the next guy might not like at all.  Lots of great players out there doing very creative things on the instrument, I think it's impossible to single out one player and say he is the all around greatest!!
9  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: What to do DURING wisdom teeth recovery on: Apr 04, 2017, 06:04AM
Use the time to work on ear training, site singing and brush up on music theory.  Do you play a non-wind instrument like piano, bass or Guitar work on that.  Do anything but play the horn.  You don't want to risk dry socket, or an infection.  If you aren't up on Tenor and alto clef there are practice sites on-line that help you practice reading them (kind of like flashcards, show you the clef and the note and you identify it). 
10  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: I'm sorry..... on: Apr 01, 2017, 06:49AM
I don't know what you are apologizing for, but I find this to be a very understanding and forgiving group.  Please keep participating and posting your music.  I'm listening to you as I type this nice tone sounds great.
11  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Using a trumpet for upper register development on the trombone? on: Mar 30, 2017, 06:47AM
I pick up trumpet from time to time to play taps.  I'll spend 15 to 20 Mins a day on Trumpet for a few days before I have to play taps and I don't experience an increase in Range on Trombone.  I do perceive a slight change in my tone (seems to be more focused) and it does seem to help my endurance when I get back on trombone.
12  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: What to do with overly-loud trumpet players? on: Mar 30, 2017, 06:39AM
While in the Army Reserve Band I had a trumpet player play a loud high not right into my ear (I don't think it was malicious he just wasn't paying attention to where he was pointing his bell).  My ear was literally ringing, I stood up in the middle of the rehearsal after he did this, and told him if he did it again I would shove the trumpet up his A__.  Probably not the most professional thing to do, but it got the message across he never did it again to me.  Regarding the fitted ear plugs I've found they block too much sound, and I can't hear well enough to play with them.  I prefer hearos that you buy in the music store.  You can adjust how much they attenuate by how far you stick them into your ear.  Definitely protect your hearing you only get one set of ears, and they can't fix hearing loss.
13  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: I'm new on: Mar 30, 2017, 06:29AM
That is a fair price for a King 606 in "Like New" Condition.  The lead trombone player in one of the Big Bands I play in plays one and does a fine job on it.  I would echo what others have said here and get some lessons before you learn bad habits you have to unlearn.  You definately have chosen a good horn to start on (and depending on what direction you decide to go with it, it may be the only trombone you every need).  Good luck with your new adventure of learning the trombone.
14  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Life as a military musician on: Mar 27, 2017, 08:47PM
A lot of the answer to your question is dependent on which band you get in.  I was in a reserve band, but we went to Ft. Leonard Wood every year for 2 weeks and performed that bands duties for the 2 weeks. We played a lot of ceremonies for Basic training and school graduations, change of command Ceremonies, did some parades.  I'm more familiar with reserve bands but will be glad to answer questions about being in the reserves as a bandsmen.
15  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Spam cell calls on: Mar 27, 2017, 08:38PM
What amazes me is people must be falling for these robocall scams or they wouldn't still be doing them.  If everyone just automatically hung up on Robocalls it wouldn't be very long before we stopped getting them. 
16  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Am I the only one? on: Mar 27, 2017, 08:31PM
Retailers have sales and reduce prices all the time for various reasons, some will give you the sales price if you ask others won't. You thought the item was worth $99.00 when you bought it, and you agreed to pay that price.  It doesn't hurt to ask a retailer if they will give you the sale price, but unless they have a written policy that they will do that they are under no obligation to comply with your request. Yes it is good customer relations on their part to do so.  Bottom line you've asked they said no, move on!!
17  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: How do you learn to improvise on trombone? on: Mar 27, 2017, 05:55AM
I guess my take is different. For me, in order to improvise successfully, I have to have the confidence on the trombone first. I need to be able to play what I hear without any difficulty arising from the embouchure, or other technical difficulties, that cause me to use up any of my CPU calculating what my safe notes are.

On the piano, I don't have that problem, and my freedom to improvise is 1000% easier. I don't have to manufacturer any note, just play it, and it's there. Trombone? Not so much.

My theory is master your horn, where you never have to worry about what's going to come out of the horn. Then, you will find freedom on the horn to play what you hear.


I totally agree I find improvising on the piano much easier also, because you don't have to deal with the mechanics of producing the note on the horn. 
18  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Beer while practicing on: Mar 27, 2017, 05:46AM
I play with a Fire Department band, all the bands meet at the carnival beer tent after the parade, and we take turns playing until late into the evening.  While the other bands are playing we're drinking.  There are a lot of horns out there at these events that have withstood this treatment for many years.  We've got a couple of fire department owned Sousaphones that were made in the 1940s that still sound and play great.  I do believe in routine cleaning of your horns, but having a cold one while practicing shouldn't do any harm to the horn, especially if you clean the horn on a regular basis.
19  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Rank Beginner on: Mar 23, 2017, 11:41AM
I like the Rubanks method suggested by others here, but first and foremost I would start with some lessons.  Each teacher is going to have a method book they prefer.  I find it easier the sooner you catch bad habits the easier it is to correct them.  If you practice something wrong for months and then take lessons you'll have to unlearn that bad habit the right way.  You will progress much faster with a teacher than without one.  If you start off with a good teacher you can get correction sooner.  Once you have developed some proficiency on the horn finding a community band is a great way to improve.  If your town has a new Horizons program they have bands at different playing levels, and offer a great opportunity to play with others. You want a group that challenges you current level, but is not so far over your head that you aren't cutting it.   
20  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Euphonium comparison: Yamaha 321 vs Wessex Dolce on: Mar 20, 2017, 04:28PM
I've been playing a Yamaha 321 for literally decades, it is a very capable horn.  I had mine modified with a Euro-shank receiver to accept a more typical euphonium mouthpiece and that made a huge difference (the big drawback of the 321 is it's small shank receiver).  The compensating system allows you to play some lower notes without alternate fingerings, and it gives you a couple notes that are nearly impossible to get on a 321 without using false tones.  The big advantage of the compensating system is it makes playing in the lowest register of the horn a little easier.  Very little literature actually requires you to play the notes you can't get on a non-compensating horn.  If I were a current Euphonium professional / soloist I would get a good compensating horn, but for the average player a 321 will suite you fine.  I've had some discussions with my repair tech and he tells me he has trouble finding repair parts for some of the chinese made horns, you won't have that problem with a Yamaha the 321 is such a common horn that repair techs keep things like valve guides on hand.
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