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1  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: FS - Tbn Mute Bags and a Mute on: Today at 05:00 AM
email sent - softone mute.

--Andy in OKC
2  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Best non adhesive handgrip tape on: Oct 15, 2017, 05:02AM
Velox Tressorex cloth handlebar tape works really well and is very cheap to boot 😀. I've used it for years and I find I don't grip as hard to hold the horn which helps with overall relaxation. One word of caution, what ever you use I always put a layer of clear sticky backed plastic (Fablon ? ) on the horn first as sweat will soak through most tapes and be trapped against the metal which over time will start to etch the surface. This also works great on the gooseneck and of course is invisible, it's a bit of a pain to remove but doesn't damage the lacquer if you take your time.


This was my concern when I used Silicone tape in the past.  It seems like moisture and oil wick up underneath the tape.  Maybe I'll try to find something like Fablon...

--Andy in OKC
3  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Big Band Trombone Section Features on: Oct 10, 2017, 08:17PM
We do an arrangement of "How High the Moon" that features the trombone section.  1st, 2nd, and 3rd have improvised solos 16, 16, and 12 bars respectively).

Pretty sure you're describing the Dave Wolpe arrangement.

--Andy in OKC
4  Teaching & Learning / Schools, Colleges and Conservatories / Re: Time Management Struggles -AP Kid on: Oct 07, 2017, 04:50AM
    Some rough guidelines:

    1) Decide what your priorities are.
    2) Ask someone*an adult* you trust to review those priorities (not a peer - your parents, a teacher, guidance counselor, etc)
    3) Designate time accordingly. 
    4) Recognize that it's ok if practicing doesn't end up getting more time allotted to it. [/li][/list]

    That said, just as with practice topics, your best bet to get good advice is to speak with your teacher(s) and, in this case, parents and mentors.

    This is good advice.  Good! Good!  (I made one minor tweak to #2 just to emphasize what I think Dan was indicating in the latter part of the item.)
    -Andy in OKC
    5  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Hey Doug, I really need your help and insight on the matter. Others too!!! on: Sep 29, 2017, 04:04AM
    OK ... now watch the second segment. It elaborates solely on one important concept (very briefly alluded to in the first segment). It will really drive home an important point regarding the cause of stagnation.

    Watching it now.  I absolutely agree. Good! 

    Praise process / progress / effort.  (This concept equally applies to gifted and talented kids.)

    --Andy in OKC
    6  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Hey Doug, I really need your help and insight on the matter. Others too!!! on: Sep 28, 2017, 04:00AM
    I found this series of TED talks to be relevant to trombone practice and performance:

    "Practice makes perfect"

    The first 2 segments (out of 9) are most helpful and relevant. The first few minutes of the first segment (entitled "Practice Makes Perfect") will be a wake-up call to any serious musician suffering from stagnation.

    I just watched the first one.  Bingo!

    --Andy in OKC
    7  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Tired chops and intonation on: Sep 24, 2017, 05:28AM
    Pitch will go sharp if you get tired and start pinching with your lips to keep going when you should have stopped.

    The same thing happens with players who habitually pinch to go higher.  If high range is sharp and low range is flat, it's from pinching and collapsing instead of controlling from the corners.

    I so wish I had known this when I was younger.

    My advice to you as a returner... Find a good teacher.  Doug is one whose skills include very deep understanding of chops.  I've been fortunate enough to have had a couple of lessons from Doug.  I *always* learn and I'm a much improved player as a result.  His lessons are less than the cost of a good mouthpiece and they'll do far more for your playing.  Good!

    8  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Lemon Pledge on: Sep 23, 2017, 05:27AM

    Lemon Pledge is good to clean the outside of the bell...

    I've actually found that dollar store aerosol wax is pretty good for this purpose when cleaning up school horns.

    --Andy in OKC
    9  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Olds Special vs Holton 65 on: Sep 02, 2017, 04:41AM
    get the special  !!  they are very punchy  /////65  a  bit  more open  --65  were made  for awhile and bell size  changed
    a reynolds emperor  is  a pro model  ///and some  older  conn directors  w 8 in bells  blow  about as good as 6h
     the olds  --find olds 3  mpc --fits receiver okokok
    -----65  pro model

    I just purchased a Reynolds Emperor for $20.  It's ugly, but I was shocked at how good it sounded.  Didn't realize what I had until I played it.  I was going to pass it along to one of the local beginners, but I changed my mind.  This one is going to our daughter. :D

    --Andy in OKC
    10  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: FS: Conn 5H on: Aug 31, 2017, 03:56AM
    PM sent.

    --Andy in OKC
    11  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: F.S. Music, Mouthpieces and Case Straps on: Aug 28, 2017, 03:55AM
    PM sent - Raph book and Straps.

    --Andy in OKC
    12  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Love shiny things but afraid of the .545 bore on the Wessex on: Aug 23, 2017, 03:09PM
    I purchased one of Wessex's PB 525 horns for our daughter.  It's a good horn.

    --Andy in OKC
    13  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: FS: Like-new Bach Bass trombone case on: Aug 13, 2017, 05:34AM
    PM sent

    --Andy in OKC
    14  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: FS: Bass Bone Mouthpieces and a Soft Gig bag on: Aug 13, 2017, 05:28AM
    Email sent - Bach 2G.

    --Andy in OKC
    15  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Idea: How to practice to reduce embouchure movements. on: Aug 06, 2017, 06:09AM
    Am I the only one that sees a distinct embouchure change when Tom ascends in the first video?  It happens right at the  switch between the first and second octave.  If I were to use words to describe what I *think* I'm seeing, I'd say maybe it looks like what I think Sabutin describes as shifts.  But to me, it seems very forced, almost as if Tom's trying to use a smile embouchure to ascend.  The chops reset as he descends for the next pattern and then there's that shift again about half way up.

    --Andy in OKC
    16  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Shoulder and Wrist Exercises on: Jul 23, 2017, 05:36AM
    Dan Hine posted some exercises earlier this year.  I've begun doing this and it's made a world of difference for me.


    --Andy in OKC
    17  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Difference between King 3BF Silversonic models on: Jul 18, 2017, 04:19AM
    King had a mechanical kidney-shaped linkage since the 1950s on the 3B.  The larger models used string (4B, 5B, etc.)

    The "wash" in the bell is gold.  It's quite thin and was usually on all Silver Sonics.  It's pretty easy for it to be wiped off, especially when polishing the bell.

    FWIW, my 3BF (circa 1978) has string linkage.  Don't know   My parents bought me the horn new.

    --Andy in OKC.
    18  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: iBone app on: Jul 17, 2017, 05:19AM
    I tried it many years ago. Unless they really worked on it, I remember it being a gimmick. Not even cool like the Otomatone

    Same here.  Fun to show kids.  That's about it.  Wasn't useful to me as a practice tool.  Now if they had one in Bb/F/Gb/D...  Evil

    --Andy in OKC
    19  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: I'm Going To Have My First Trombone/Bass Trombone Lesson on: Jul 12, 2017, 07:51PM
    If you are going to have lessons, search out the teacher with the best reputation.... a good teacher will inspire you, a bad teacher will confuse and demoralise you. I can see you are growing in maturity and will really benefit from GOOD tuition.

    Chris Stearn

    Or at least frustrate you...

    Good luck with the teacher.  Don't be afraid to make a change if you don't believe you're making meaningful progress.

    --Andy in OKC
    20  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Yamaha Slide oil bottle breaking on: Jul 12, 2017, 07:41PM
    If you can't wait until you get an ear infection, you can always just buy them for the price of bubble gum.

    THESE ones for slide lube.

    And THESE are great for valve and linkage oil.

    I bought some small bottles for my Yamasnot.  I can't believe I never thought of this before.  This is so much better than the new stock bottle.   Good! Good! Good! Good!

    --Andy in OKC
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