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1  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Trombone feature pieces? on: May 07, 2017, 07:29AM
Want to really  wow them?  Have a few of you do the piccolo solo on trombone. :D
I have a quartet arrangement with the piccolo solo in the bass trombone, valve "trills" (more like flutters). A flute/piccolo player attended a performance and after all the laughter told me it worked great  :D Pant
2  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: How do you get back to playing well after not playing on: Apr 30, 2017, 11:45AM
Assuming that you were in good playing condition before you took a break, I read something about this many years ago and have tried it often after taking 1-2 weeks off the horn (which I make a point to do every year), it works for me.

First time back, carefully go through an easy warm-up: long tones, easy lip slurs, a few scales. Then, play anything--a solo, an etude, a familiar song--in mid range fff about 3 times. As loud as you can play with a good sound. 15-20 minutes. Put the instrument away, next day go back to your regular practice, just avoid difficult playing (hard lip slurs, wide range, extremely fast stuff, etc) for about a week.

It is a shock technique to your embouchure, breathing, and articulation. Like a long distance runner getting back in shape by running a few fast sprints.
3  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Where do you play high D? on: Apr 18, 2017, 03:31PM
2nd position with the trigger.
ditto. #3 works for me as well
4  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Cleaning a King alligator coffin case on the OUTSIDE on: Apr 18, 2017, 03:30PM
armourall works great
5  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Basic Military Training on: Apr 17, 2017, 05:28PM
I went thru basic in the Army during the Vietnam war. Even though I was going to a band in SF. 2 months of very rugged experience, but it is only 2 months. Lost some weight, got in shape, and got be around some of the biggest (nice word) jerks of my life...that also helped me grow into an adult.

But are you doing Navy basic training, isn't that longer and more involved? Good luck.
6  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / Re: My tribute to George Roberts on: Apr 15, 2017, 07:02PM
  Having met George several times, as well as well as listening to his playing. He would just give you a big smile and say thank you.
7  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: 1st trombone bass trombone on: Apr 10, 2017, 12:52PM
or they could have sounded diffuse or barely there.  Not every high school player sounds good on big equipment.
As I remember I think he said the whole section played 1 1/2 Gs (he did). I think he said there was usually upwards of a dozen trombone players. Probably sounded like the sound tracks to Lord of the Rings or Planet of the Apes where they used several bass trombones, contrabass trombones, and cimbassos.
8  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: 1st trombone bass trombone on: Apr 10, 2017, 09:15AM
Many years ago when I was an Army musician at the Armed Forces School of Music at Little Rock, VA (Norfolk). I was "issued" a tenor while waiting for my bass to be shipped. I worked my way up to 2nd chair in the top band, the 1st chair (Navy) was playing 1st parts on a single valve Bach 50B. He was a very good player and had no problem with the first parts. After a few rehearsals I finally asked him why he was playing lead parts on a bass trombone. His reply, "What's a bass trombone?" Turns out at his Arkansas HS the entire trombone section played 50Bs  Amazed

That being said, I think lead parts just sound more appropriate on tenor.
9  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: Wave on: Apr 03, 2017, 08:30AM
I played Wave last summer with the Coastal Communities Jazz Band at the Carlsbad Community Church as part of their concert series. Last February I played Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week, another bass bone feature by Pat Williams, with the same band at the same place.
10  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: How to get a better sound when playing loud? on: Apr 01, 2017, 08:55PM
I recommend not forcing the air, just take a big breath and let it flow naturally. Keep the mpc loose on the lips, let them vibrate do not make them vibrate.

Probably the best advice I got from my teachers was to mentally focus on the sound you want, instead of impressing others with your volume.
11  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Anyone here familiar w/older Bundy trombones? on: Jan 26, 2017, 08:07PM
My first trombone was 1960 Bundy.7th to 10th grade. Played very well, I thought. I got interested in bass trombone and after 6 months could play awesome falset tones on it. After getting a bass trombone and playing it for a few months I picked up the Bundy and hated it. Tone sounded shrill and thin. But I think I remember it doing well on lead parts
12  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: pitching the trombone to non musicians on: Jan 22, 2017, 03:28PM
Selling trombone solo will always be tough.  With a sax, and trumpet, it usually works.
13  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: 2017 Inaugural address fact checking on: Jan 20, 2017, 07:35PM
It is odd to have to be fact-checking an inaugural address as they are typically broad vision for the future rather than a collection of assertions.
True, but he made broad statements about unemployment, crime, failed businesses, depleted military and some other things that were obviously unfactual or erroneous, I think the public needs to keep attention to his statements. His oratory is to make broad statements as if they are fact when they are not. Usually angry opinion, which angry opiniated people jump on board with.

Does that mean that GOP now stands for Grouchy Old Pharts?
14  Practice Break / Purely Politics / 2017 Inaugural address fact checking on: Jan 20, 2017, 04:03PM
I don't usually post on this board, but I think this might contribute to the discussion:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/20/fact-check-president-trump-inaugural-address/96836370/

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/ap-fact-check-trumps-inaugural-speech/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/20/trump-inaugural-address-fact-check

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-presidential-transcript-20170120-htmlstory.html 

I tried to post non-political sources, but I am sure that some will say all the above are "liberal media", which is why I did not refer to Washington Post, NY Times, or Huffington all of which have been accused of a liberal bias, especially by Trumptonians. I looked for but could not find similar fact checks by Fox News, commentators like Limbaugh, or other "conservative media".
15  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Best left hand support option for bass trombone on: Jan 20, 2017, 06:57AM
Been using the Rath hand support for years. Love it. Not only supports the weight but helps to stabilize movement when moving the slide back and forth over large positions.
16  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / Re: Byron Peebles Passes Away on: Jan 17, 2017, 02:44PM
I was privileged to have worked a few times with him. Fine gentleman, great player of course. I contacted him by phone a couple of years ago asking about his involvement with the Minick inline double valves during the 1970's, though he was very frail and under care, he was very lucid and had a great memory. He was a star in the trombone world, and a fantastic mentor.
17  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Animal Rights--Now a Topic on Purely Politics. on: Jan 17, 2017, 02:37PM
I played as a pick up local musician several times in the 70's, 80's with the RB/BBC. I only saw gentleness and affection towards all the animals. However, the employees behavior toward each other was pretty rough. Saw a few fist-fights over who is cleaning up stuff like elephant dung after the crowd left.

More abuse between the humans and each others than the animals.
18  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Performing a solo with a high school band on: Jan 17, 2017, 02:28PM
If you are comfortable with Morceau Symphonique, I would recommend that.http://www.hickeys.com/music/brass/trombone/tenor_trombone/solos_with_band/products/sku024518-guilmant-shephard-morceau-symphonique-op-88.php

If you want a more jazz oriented piece, Reflective Mood by Sammy Nestico is great, but it takes very good interpretive skills to make it work. What I mean is that you need to have a mind-set of someone like Urbie, or Carl Fontana, or the like. If you just play the notes it is OK, great when you add the soul of an inspired musician. http://www.hickeys.com/music/brass/trombone/tenor_trombone/solos_with_band/products/sku089000-nestico-reflective-mood.php
19  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Why the negativity? on: Jan 14, 2017, 08:21PM
One of the first things I do when playing a road show (and I have dozens if not hundreds) is erase extraneous pencil marks...positions, accidentals, sloppy marked cuts, etc.

Then I go back and try to figure out the logic of why they were there, adding cautionary accidentals in parentheses, clear markings of cuts and changes, vocal cues, etc. Most of the time, other pros have marked those things clearly...students and amateurs add ridiculous comments like "Don't breathe here Stupid!" or "what the heck, it is in 4 not 2", and similar nonsense. By the time you read it, try to decipher it, you have missed the next thing to play. Same with big sweeping Xs or marks across the page.

Pros have found codes of time changes, eyeglasses (to listen to stage or watch conductor), arrows to show ritards or accelerando, etc. that are quick to recognize and avoid the confusion of "the fog of war".

The simpler, the better. I hate seeing reminders of a key change, when I have already seen the key change. But if I miss it once, I put in that cautionary (#) or (b) in my part. Don't like the scribbles some others put in.
20  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: How would you approach playing with more core to the sound? on: Jan 14, 2017, 08:00PM
LONG TONES!!

Concept of the sound you want, like has been said. When I first heard the marvelous tone quality of George Roberts at 16 years of age, I put that sound in my mind and did everything to pursue it. After 50+ years later I still do. Like Phil Teele says, it is not about our technique, it is about how good we sound.

And he told me many times over coffee between rehearsals, it is all about

LONG TONES!!
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