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1  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: What are the tuning tendencies of partials above high Bb? on: Jun 23, 2017, 01:16PM
Including the alto?

I don't own an Alto.
2  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: What are the tuning tendencies of partials above high Bb? on: Jun 23, 2017, 09:40AM
Is that better then flatt 1st?  Evil

 Oh yes, MUCH better..  :)
3  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: What are the tuning tendencies of partials above high Bb? on: Jun 23, 2017, 07:47AM

Doug said that high F# speaks fine if you put the slide in the right spot.  I believe him, just can't seem to find that spot.   :/

Try sharp 2nd, works on all of my horns.
4  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: What are the tuning tendencies of partials above high Bb? on: Jun 23, 2017, 02:35AM
I've found that it helps to think of the notes above and including the high D as a new harmonic series. So play the high D in a b2nd and the F should be right above it and in tune. The F sharp is clear and stable on a sharp 2nd pos, as is the Eb. The troublesome E is around a slightly flat 3rd. The Eb works in third but can be a little "squirrely"..

A range building exercise I use is lip slurring the high C to the Eb to the E, changing the sequence around.
5  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Slide technique practice out of facetime? on: Jun 22, 2017, 01:27AM
Here's a slide position chart that I leave around the place in a NLP manner, for economical slide shifts when the time comes..

https://www.dropbox.com/s/84wod5hnyq21pbi/Slide%20Pos%20Chart%202016.pdf?dl=0

Tumbleweed..
6  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: My crooked teeth and the beginings of a bipolar embouchure on: Jun 21, 2017, 12:41AM

In desperation, I fixed my "classic" English teeth overbite problem by pushing my lower jaw out and holding it at the point of pain for about 5 minutes a few times a day. After a few weeks it stopped hurting and my jaw has settled into a new resting position, with my upper and lower set more aligned.
I've also had my top and bottom front teeth levelled.
No regrets about any of this, I wish that I'd done it decades ago, and the only minus is a slightly reduced lower range and weight. The plus has been a more stable attack and tone, and a much better recovery after long regular sets.

Better late than never IMO..



To the fellow who had the habit of thrusting his jaw forward --- I sympathize.  I found it to be useful, again, during my formative years, but when my jaw began making "clicking" noises and the dentist said that it would be necessary to open the joint of the jaw to scrape the channel where the two jawbones intersect to correct the problem, I immediately stopped protruding my jaw when playing.  I think it's called self preservation !


I'm not sure if you're referring to me, but if so I'd like to reaffirm that nothing but good has come from this. I have no residual pains or issues whatsoever from this, what started out as an experiment ended up as a game changer.
7  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Slide technique practice out of facetime? on: Jun 20, 2017, 11:20AM
Here's a slide position chart that I leave around the place in a NLP manner, for economical slide shifts when the time comes..

https://www.dropbox.com/s/84wod5hnyq21pbi/Slide%20Pos%20Chart%202016.pdf?dl=0
8  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: My crooked teeth and the beginings of a bipolar embouchure on: Jun 19, 2017, 01:20PM
That's interesting. What is the angle of your horn when you play? Down, level, up? And are you a down-stream or an up-stream player?

...Geezer

Hard to say without a protractor, but higher than before, and I don't have any pressure to play in any way other than what's comfortable for me. By that I mean because I only play in a big-band maybe once a year max and the rest of the time it's all small group gigs, I haven't had to adapt to playing over a desk in a "bell up" manner.

Definitely down stream.

PM on it's way..
9  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: My crooked teeth and the beginings of a bipolar embouchure on: Jun 19, 2017, 09:56AM
In desperation, I fixed my "classic" English teeth overbite problem by pushing my lower jaw out and holding it at the point of pain for about 5 minutes a few times a day. After a few weeks it stopped hurting and my jaw has settled into a new resting position, with my upper and lower set more aligned.
I've also had my top and bottom front teeth levelled.
No regrets about any of this, I wish that I'd done it decades ago, and the only minus is a slightly reduced lower range and weight. The plus has been a more stable attack and tone, and a much better recovery after long regular sets.

Better late than never IMO..
10  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: More questions on high range? on: Jun 16, 2017, 02:09AM
Yes indeedy - to everything!

We can go Full Monty with cross-grain slurs, using all the alternate positions that fit in; up to as high as we want, with lots of them ending in 6th, #6th, 7th, #7th, etc. Try a cross-grain scale slur from middle C in 3rd, up to high C in 7th, with lots of alternate positions to make as many cross-grain slurs as possible. That high C should not be muscled or forced. Great exercises! The new Remmy!

...Geezer

I'd understand this post a little more easily if you could demonstrate as below...


 I think there are some things that simply can not be learned by most of us from out of a book or dissection on this Forum. I believe some things need to be learned by rote; observation, discussion, demonstration and trial; on a one-on-one basis.

...Geezer

 Hi
11  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: More questions on high range? on: Jun 15, 2017, 01:56AM

 I think there are some things that simply can not be learned by most of us from out of a book or dissection on this Forum. I believe some things need to be learned by rote; observation, discussion, demonstration and trial; on a one-on-one basis.

...Geezer

I really don't know how to respond to this post..  Confused
12  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: More questions on high range? on: Jun 14, 2017, 01:09PM
Are you using the same aperture in the higher register as you would for say, for a middle Bb?

I was asking this question because there seems to be a lot more interest in the mouth cavity rather than the "reed" set, or aperture.

Pages 30 and 6 of "Tromboninisms" by Watrous/Ralph is a good explanation IMO.
13  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: More questions on high range? on: Jun 14, 2017, 11:36AM


But it should not be hard work. And for those of us who make it hard, we are doing it wrong.

...Geezer

Are you using the same aperture in the higher register as you would for say, for a middle Bb?
14  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Bach rim over the years on: Jun 14, 2017, 11:27AM
I've got the impression that pieces made CNC lathes are more consistent, is that not true?
15  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: More questions on high range? on: Jun 14, 2017, 06:05AM
I wonder whether this shaping the tongue technique is dependant upon the individuals palette shape. For myself, the change in my tongue shape/angle to help produce the higher notes is minute and something that I don't consciously use and have never felt the need of. Even when I deliberately include it into my practice it doesn't seem to help at all, and just gets in the way.

I do arch to tongue downwards to open out lower notes though..
16  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Bach rim over the years on: Jun 14, 2017, 03:45AM
I hope that "ntap" doesn't mind me mining his quote from another topic, the italics are mine.


Now I am playing a 6.5A for my main piece and have been for around four months now.  I bought four, and found one that works for me.  Sometimes I play my 11C when I need to get a
Again, some folks have the sound and concept where 11C totally works for everything - totally possible and wish I could do that.  I did over a year on just 11C mouthpieces on my small bore and made it work in every setting except jazz improvisation.   Even if you don't feel great on it, give it at least 3 months if you already feel it sounds the best.  I definitely achieved a workable level of comfort with my 11C foray and still pop one in when the time calls.

I've have owned around ten 11C's - my favorite is a NY Bach (I have two), the Marcinkiewicz Ian McDougall model, and a Greg Black 11C/9 rim (flat, wide rimmed 11C) that works well.  I also had a Bach Corp 11C (no period) that I foolishly put a Shires 5GS rim on.  Unbeknown to me, the company I had do that for me told me the original 11C rim was lost forever.  If you can find a Bach Corp from '65-'70, snatch it up. Mt Vernon Bachs are also very good.  

 My two cents.

ntap
17  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Bach rim over the years on: Jun 13, 2017, 04:12AM
When it comes to mouthpieces I wouldn't put my faith in VB's pieces. If you need to have duplicates it's safer to go with another company making their version of a 6.5.
18  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: TESSITURA PRO Comments, Ideas etc. on: Jun 11, 2017, 01:28AM
I purchased the Mac desktop version and have been fiddling with it; adding approach notes and randomising the pattern produces some interesting patterns.  Early days, though; this seems to have a lot going on.  One limitation -- I can't get it to display (or play) anthing above 3rd ledger-line G in bass clef.  I'll try to get it to put patterns on the grand staff which should extend the range up.

Not sure what the "assistant" function is -- I can't see anything by that name, but have all the presets, etc.  Are you talking about the iOS/iPad version, and does it not have these features?  If not, that seems like a pretty significant reduction in functionality compared with the desktop version, which is only a few dollars more.

The assistant is missing from the desktop version, it's a feature on their YouTube videos so I'm not happy about that..

It's supposed to have a lot of pre-sets to help you get going; typical user examples etc. I was hoping to use it to generate some practice material, it could be a bit of a long winded way of doing that.

The ledger line is an issue as well. You have the presets?
19  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Bassist John Clayton on Opportunities for Young Jazz Musicians on: Jun 09, 2017, 08:41AM
"In this segment of an interview with John Clayton during the 2013 Jazz Cruise, the bassist talks about opportunities for young jazz musicians today, when touring jazz groups are somewhat rare. Clayton maintains that opportunities for young musicians abound and explains how he teaches that to his students."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6PAnrPaXV8

There's a few points here that are worth checking out.
20  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: TESSITURA PRO Comments, Ideas etc. on: Jun 06, 2017, 04:58AM
I hadn't seen this before, either.  Looks interesting and very well priced.  I might download it today and have a play with it ...

It looks like the "Assistant" function is missing which is a shame as it's a source of presets etc.. It's not quite what I was looking for, but that's not to say that I can't find a use for it, info wise, especially at the price.
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