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1  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / Re: Orchestral tenor/bass players on: Dec 18, 2016, 02:49PM
I believe Charlie won Assistant Principal, Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
2  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Quivering Lips on: Dec 17, 2016, 02:46PM
This sounds like it might be the beginnings of focal dystonia, or as I prefer: task specific TENSION.  Causes could be emotional or perfectionism, or who knows?  What works for me is re-learning how to play in a totally different manner.  How to do this?  Consult with Janet Kagarice ASAP.  She is the ONLY who has helped me long term.  She is a friggin genius.
3  Town Hall / Comments and Suggestions / Re: My membership application never went through! on: Dec 17, 2016, 02:34PM
Bruce- This is the other Bruce.  You do a splendid job.  Period!
4  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Less resistance on: Dec 17, 2016, 02:06PM
Power comes from more subtle control of a free, easy, exhalation that matches the effort used in conversation.  Do less. Practice blowing freely through a straw the size of your mouthpiece throat.  do less! 
5  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Giardinelli Symphony T on: Dec 17, 2016, 12:10PM
I found a "new" Giardinelli Symphony G at the Horn Guys.  I love it.  Has a G drill bit throat, much like a Bach 5G.
6  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / Re: Orchestral tenor/bass players on: Dec 17, 2016, 12:03PM
I saw of a picture of Don Harwood holding a Conn 88H with Per Brevig and a fellow named Gillespie listed as New Tork  Met Bone section.
7  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / Re: Jay Friedman on: Dec 17, 2016, 11:58AM
Mr. Friedman is a tremendously generous and kind gent!  He helped me tremendously with my efficiency and tonguing, YES, between the teeth!  It works.  I am a huge fan of his and hope for another lesson.
8  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / Re: Trombone players with great Articulations on: Dec 17, 2016, 11:55AM
Gardell Simons, John Coffey, Milt Stevens, Jim Nova, Of course Mr. Allessi, must be included.  Simons, according to John Coffey, may have been one of the first to teach legato tonguing.
9  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / New York Phil. Trombonists as teachers on: Dec 17, 2016, 11:48AM
I am a trombonist geek to be sure interested in  prior era Trombonists/teachers.  Are there any memories out there to shared of Mario Falcone, Gerald Cohen, Gorgon Pulis, Allen Ostrander, memories as students of these greats?  Thank you!
10  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Understanding isn't the problem ... on: Nov 29, 2016, 01:30PM
This whole article was RIDICULOUSLY one-sided. As someone who has spent a lot of time in Rural America himself, you would have to be quite imaginative to find this in 99% of people in small-town America. Or maybe I'm just dense.

-The Educated Conservative
Thank you, Sir.  I am a conservative also, formed by experience and education.  I've given up trying to explain myself to "liberals"or "progressives. ". I got tired of being treated like I was some *****.  Now, sitting back watching, we'll just have to see how all this plays out. Ahem. 
11  Teaching & Learning / Pedagogy / Re: Tonguing on: Nov 29, 2016, 08:12AM
Sam:  As per usual, you helped me.  You are absolutely right,  I've grown a bit wary of "how to" and "where to" philosophies of teaching.  The reason I asked was because one of my heroes, Jay Friedman, does tongue between his teeth and he told me Bud Herseth did, also.  It does work for me, but I am not Jay Friedman!  Past teachers steadfastly preached against tonguing between the teeth.  Jay and I practiced spitting spit balls in his living room!  BYW, what a kind, humble, and generous gent!  And, he is his own man . . .
12  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Giardinelli Symphony T on: Nov 29, 2016, 07:54AM
I really like my Symphony T but it has a small tenor shank.  Would anyone like to sell me a large shank Symphony T they're not using any longer?  Does any one produce Giardinellis any more?  Thank you!  Feel free to message me . . . .
13  Teaching & Learning / Pedagogy / Tonguing on: Nov 25, 2016, 03:05PM
What are your thoughts about any tonguing between the teeth excepting pedal tones?
14  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Green stuff collecting on my Conn 88HO on: Oct 27, 2016, 08:37AM
Thank you my fellow New Englander!1111
15  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Focal (Embouchure) Dystonia on: Oct 27, 2016, 07:29AM
Bob!  I remember you fondly and attended MANY of your performances with the NSO!  I was in the USAF Band from 1976-1993.  I am back with Jan Kagarice and am staying.  Since Vern's heroic fight with Cancer ends two years ago, she's made some refinements to her method and I am finally, slowly but surely, returning!  BTW, do you ever pull out that beautiful Conn 70H?  I loved your sound on that horn!I. I believe Jan Kagarice will undoubtedly have me playing better than I ever did before, no baloney!
16  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Green stuff collecting on my Conn 88HO on: Oct 27, 2016, 07:02AM
Fellow trombonists:  I love my Conn 88 but the lacquer job on the cork barrel where I hold it is disappearing and is being replaced by green scum or mold.  It's gross!  How should I clean it?  Of course, the lacquer now is pitted from my sweaty palms.  I know, small topic, I should have protected it.  But now what, esteemed colleagues?
17  Teaching & Learning / History of the Trombone / Re: Gordon Pulis article on: Sep 12, 2016, 06:12PM
I think Mr Pulis more than likely studied with either Charles Gerhard pr Mr Gussikof given the years he attended Curtis
18  Teaching & Learning / History of the Trombone / Re: Gordon Pulis article on: Sep 12, 2016, 06:03PM
I think Mr Pulis more than likely studied with either Charles Gerjatd or Mr. Gussikkof  at Curtis.
19  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: An Investigation into the Acoustics of the Trombone Mouthpiece on: Mar 19, 2016, 04:04PM
Thanks, BillO!  That has been true for me.  I now play on a Stork Custom 4.  I love it.
20  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Focal (Embouchure) Dystonia on: Mar 19, 2016, 03:55PM
I have been diagnosed with TSFD.  My doc was an honest man who turned me onto the phenomenon of nuero-plasticity, I.e, re-learning.  I worked with Jan Kagarice and am now quite happy with Jon Gorrie, who actually recovered from it.  It is basically fear based, fear of failure, fear of not meeting perfectionistic goals, fear of negative appraisal by others.  It manifested itself with severe nene muscle tension, tight chops, loss of the "money" register, et al the typical symptoms.  I am re-learning to play with minimal effort, just allowing the free air to come out, through relaxed chops.  Just let it out!  Stay in the moment, trust the process, don't judge or pre-judge, those are the tickets!  And, be patient, breathe, relax, enjoy the the Zen like state practicing in this new way produces.  I believe with Jon's help, I will even play better then before one day.
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