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1  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Backing Track for I'am getting sentimental over you on: Yesterday at 09:02 AM
Start playing when you hear the piano around 00.30". It's viciously slow...
2  Practice Break / Found on the 'Net / Re: Multitracking- not easy on: Yesterday at 08:28 AM
It's been a while since I've used a DAW in anger, but I never had any problems with latency. I monitored myself from the input (not from the track) and played to the tracks with all effects etc off. I was using a standard MacBook with Reaper DAW Logic and Traction DAW, with a Motu Traveller Pre-amp.
3  Practice Break / Found on the 'Net / Re: Multitracking- not easy on: Yesterday at 07:52 AM
Just used audacity to generate a click track, imported that into Garage band and recorded 4 tracks listening to nothing but that click track each time,

Can't you just use the metronome in Garage Band? To reduce latency make sure that ALL other programs are off possibly including WiFi. Go to "Force Quit" to see what's running. A lean computer is going to have less latency than a more bloated one.

Well. at least that WAS the case..
4  Practice Break / Found on the 'Net / Re: Multitracking- not easy on: Yesterday at 02:24 AM
Most of his videos are highly edited (and auto-tuned heavily  :( ) so I imagine he has ironed out many of those kinks.

That's quite a statement to make, are your sure?

I made a few multitracks 8 or so years ago, and there comes a point where a choice has to be made. Do you use every (plug-in) tool at your disposal and go for perfection, or record a single or multiple passes until you get as close to your ideal performance  as possible. I went for the latter, which in hindsight may not have been a good idea, because in 2017 if you play a few overdubs on someone else's song you can bet your life that it's doing to be edited in some way. At some point though, you have to "dig where you stand", i.e. make your statement and live with it, which is not always a comfortable situation.
5  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: How would you approach playing with more core to the sound? on: Jan 15, 2017, 08:04AM
Try m/p buzzing a slow tune in pitch and time, and make it sound musical, one of best development techniques I've found. I use a "Buzzard" for a better and more satisfying result.
6  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Airy tone on: Jan 12, 2017, 02:37PM
Oddly enough, I tried to focus my embouchure and make my aperture smaller and the problem is less severe.

Is that not the answer then? Give it a little time and see how you get on, and don't be scared to experiment as long as you haven't got anything big coming up soon. These relatively small changes may feel big, but that's because there are so many more nerves around the mouth area. There's a page in the Bill Watrous book that deals with the aperture, also in "Practice with the experts", Murray Mceachern has an exercise for getting the chops back in after a break, that's about aperture as well.
7  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Airy tone on: Jan 12, 2017, 08:00AM
An airy tone can be attractive in a slow melody or ballad situation. I'd get this effect by loosening my embouchure a little and a little more air, so maybe you could try a little more focus with a tighter "M" shape and see how you get on, if it doesn't work out, no harm done.
8  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: headphone suggestions on: Jan 11, 2017, 08:15AM
I would avoid Beyer DT100's. They are a classic headphone but not because of a pristine sound, more because they are bombproof even in the hands of drummers, and all of the component parts are field replaceable. They also come in different Ohm values which also affects the overall tone. I had 2 sets with different impedances and they had quite different responses.

I found the sound of them quite boxy, but had no problem moving them on though, strange..

9  Practice Break / Polls / Re: What sports do we play? on: Jan 11, 2017, 08:00AM
Is that extreme "dog walking" or "extreme dog" walking? :-)


Extreme "Dog Walking",  Nothing extreme about the dawg, I seem to be doing a lot of it though..
10  Practice Break / Polls / Re: What sports do we play? on: Jan 11, 2017, 02:56AM
No extreme dog walking?
11  Teaching & Learning / Pedagogy / Re: Jack Teagarden: Modern Trombone Studies on: Jan 11, 2017, 02:54AM
When I was on a tour in the US in the 70's I have bought 2 copies of many of these "artist" methods, TD, JT, etc etc which were unavailable in the UK. They went "missing" from a hotel room before I got an opportunity to have a really good look at them.

In the same way that small bore trombones refuse to roll over and die, I'm sure there must be a strong market for these books.                         
12  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: High register quality tone? on: Jan 09, 2017, 09:19AM
The top of your high range needs to be thin before you can think about developing sound on it (and adding more "thin" range above it).  That's the only way to keep improving it, otherwise you reach a plateau and never get beyond where it stops.

13  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Smallest bore tenor trombone? on: Jan 09, 2017, 09:17AM
It said "conical slide" Is that duobore or a conical slide tube?

Dual bore, one is .480" and the other .488".
14  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Smallest bore tenor trombone? on: Jan 09, 2017, 02:57AM
The K&H 480/88" doesn't play like any 2b that I've owned, it's a heavier instrument with a corresponding sound, and slide. I've got 2 identical lead pipes, one in brass the other in sterling silver. It suits me for the kind of gigs that I play, which is with very small groups where I have to pick up a melody at the drop of a hat, or make a strong blend with an alto sax. I've only use it twice in a big band situation, and wasn't aware of any vices.

I bought it untried (from Thomann.de) after hearing some YouTube videos that peaked my interest; at the time the exchange rate was very good plus a 30 trial period as well.

I've owned a Rath R10 which had been sold by the time I bought the K&H, a very different horn.

15  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: I played so bad yesterday.... on: Jan 08, 2017, 02:23PM
You can take a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead.
16  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Smallest bore tenor trombone? on: Jan 08, 2017, 02:20PM


Got one, love it.
17  Practice Break / Found on the 'Net / Re: Another studious trombone player on: Jan 08, 2017, 08:32AM
It's hard to know how that can even made a really awful instrument for this price, with a case and gloves?
18  Practice Break / Found on the 'Net / Re: 6H at Goodwill in NC? on: Jan 08, 2017, 08:28AM
I don't know why Conn stopped making the 6H, it's a classic horn..
19  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Daily routine or warm-up on: Jan 07, 2017, 08:42AM
I like to use gizmos, so that by the time I play the first note on the horn, my embouchure is solid and then I'm just re-establishing my relationship with it. Plus, I like the daily practice or warm-up to reflect any up coming events. Likewise, for post event practice, to include looking at any shortcomings that need dealing with.
20  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Bill Watrous trill lick on: Jan 07, 2017, 08:27AM
I don't know if he what he does it, but it is really easy that way Pre59 suggested. Good tip. Thanks.

Try taking that exact phrase and playing it up and down the slide in as many keys as possible. Check the actual notes against your position chart to make sure that you understand what you've learnt.
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