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1  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Slide technique practice out of facetime? on: Jun 20, 2017, 02:31PM
The question is coming from a doubler, whose main instrument happen to be the  🎺. Many of us have exercised fingerings without instrument...or some have even used sandovalves. I often see trumpeters like sandoval mimicking playing valves when scat singing. That's where I come from. I hope that my question doesn't sound stupid to you, sliders :D What Tom's saying sounds plausible to me.
2  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Slide technique practice out of facetime? on: Jun 20, 2017, 03:32AM
Is it possible to practice slide positions and technique without putting facetime? If so, how to do it?
3  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: On Mouthpiece Buzzing on: Jun 20, 2017, 12:41AM
Guys, that's so fun to read at times...I guess it depends on your embouchure philosophy.

Buzzing on the way to work, or just because you don't have your instrument/mouthpiece is one thing, doing it systematically as a part of your daily routine is a completely different thing.

Free buzzing, mouthpiece buzzing, rim mp buzzing, leadpipe buzzing - you name it. The fact is, on most mouthpiece the pitch you get on most mp is not the same get by playing the same mp and same embouchure setup/tension on your instrument.

Still, free buzzing or mouthpiece buzzing can help us establish the relation between pitches and our embouchure set up. I hope we all agree on that...
4  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: A new trombone improv method book without scales or patterns? on: Jun 20, 2017, 12:33AM
Anybody already using the book? I just ordered one (hard copy). Let me know how you like it.
5  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: On Mouthpiece Buzzing on: Jun 16, 2017, 02:16PM
That's more or less the Gordon/Anderson approach - we don't buzz, we blow against a vibrating tissue (our lips). After my student years I always found that thinking of playing a brass instrument seem to be closer to blowing or singing than buzzing. I've done a decent amount of buzzing, because I was told so, but never really saw any tremendous benefits out of it. The only benefit if any, I felt from buzzing on the mouthpiece was that it improved my intonation by freeing my from the crotches of the valves. But I guess that I could actually do the same by singing or even whistling.
6  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Unboxing the wessex tenor trombone stand on: Jun 16, 2017, 07:24AM
My issue is that it is one piece that moves that doesn't need to and provides no useful function.  With what I paid for the horn, I don't need that spring to give me feedback on being careful placing the horn, and it doesn't do anything useful to help me pick it up. So, I'd rather just omit unnecessary parts.

Cheers,
Andy

+1. Absolutely the way I feel about. Sounds like something I'm about to do....
7  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Unboxing the wessex tenor trombone stand on: Jun 16, 2017, 05:13AM
The ideal accessory in my case would be a standing triple stand that can hold a tenor trombone, trumpet and a flugelhorn...never seen such a beast, though. Converting a trombone stand to a real standing trumpet stand is not a big deal, you just need a second rod with a trumpet base. BG surely got a valid point about standing big band trumpet sections. In a sitting orchestra that's not really an issue.
8  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Unboxing the wessex tenor trombone stand on: Jun 16, 2017, 03:59AM
Does it work as a standing trumpet stand also?
I tried. It works, but one have to adjust to rod in order not get blocked in the bell. But definitely needs a sock or something.
9  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Unboxing the wessex tenor trombone stand on: Jun 15, 2017, 02:02PM
I like it.  Your "King Silver Sonic" looks nice on it (man, that looks like a Bach copy).

Does it work as a standing trumpet stand also?

Well, I would say that it sounds quite more like a Bach than a King. I guess that it could work like standing trumpet stand, but I would never will - for me the tbone is a complimentary instrument and I will always have the trumpet at the gig as well (I would rather go without a tbone on some)
10  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Re: Unboxing the wessex tenor trombone stand on: Jun 15, 2017, 01:13PM
Here come the photos:



The sticky tape was the strongest ever. I didn't have a knife on me and trying to cut it with a key was a real pain  :-0














11  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Saving $ on shipping while shopping for trombone books on: Jun 15, 2017, 08:36AM
Here is the dilemma:
I want to get  few instructional books from very different sources from US authors, but would be pleased If I don't have to pay shipping separately  for every single book. Here is what I want:

Sam Burtis, Time, Balance & Connections:

Bob McChesney, Technical Studies for Trombone

Michel Lake, Trombone Improvisation Savvy


So, is there a way to purchase all three in a single shipping and how to do that?
12  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Unboxing the wessex tenor trombone stand on: Jun 15, 2017, 08:16AM
I just received my Wessex stand, I will post some pics later on.

What stroke me, is that it was much lighter than it looks. Generally I am pleased with that thing, but it seems to me, that if the palm (I don't know if this is the correct english term, I mean the small platform on which the bell is resting) was stationery/fixed instead of the spring thing it may be a good thing to change in the future.

I am a beginning  user of trombone stands, so I maybe wrong. If I need to know anything before I start to use the thing/warnings, feel free to chime in.
13  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: A new trombone improv method book without scales or patterns? on: Jun 15, 2017, 08:07AM
Hi Mike,

I think that it is a flash thing. I couldn't when I first wrote, but few days later I managed to view the preview (I have a setting blocking the automatic activation of the flash plugin instead the browser is supposed to ask me for a permission, but then nothing was happening when clicking on your link). Thanks for your caring  Good!
14  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: More questions on high range? on: Jun 14, 2017, 01:31PM
brute force can be useful, if you know where to apply it....
15  Teaching & Learning / Pedagogy / Re: Trombone equivalent to Claude Gordon, Cat Anderson and Roy Stevens (trumpet) on: Jun 14, 2017, 01:24AM
Have you tried that on your trumpet?

Yes, it works for me on trumpet. It took me some experimenting practice, but I found it helpful. However, on my SS tenor 7C it just feels weird, the mouthpiece has a very little contact with the unfurled tissue, so it hinders more that it helps.
16  Teaching & Learning / Pedagogy / Re: Trombone equivalent to Claude Gordon, Cat Anderson and Roy Stevens (trumpet) on: Jun 12, 2017, 02:58PM
The famous unfurling of the lips, used by some trumpet lead trumpeters - I tried to implemented on my tenor playing, so far a complete failure - I guess that the rim size is just too large for that - anyone opinions on that?
17  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: A new trombone improv method book without scales or patterns? on: Jun 11, 2017, 11:18PM
The preview function didn't work for me either - I am on chrome.

The book description sounds interesting enough, though. I would be interested to view those preview pages too.
18  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: How frequently can you train your high register? on: Jun 10, 2017, 07:15AM
In a very general sense, every other day is a good idea when building strength, but it depends on what and how much you're doing.
High range is only partly about strength... it's equally (or more) about form and finesse, which should be worked on every day in many different ways.

+1. Fine muscle and breathing control. not so much about brute force and power. I found that if daily routines are done with frequent and short break it gives me better results on building up higher range and stamina than long but fewer breaks in the practice sessions.
19  Teaching & Learning / Pedagogy / Trombone equivalent to Claude Gordon, Cat Anderson and Roy Stevens (trumpet) on: Jun 08, 2017, 02:26PM
So what would be the trombone equivalent to the above trumpet embouchure development (with emphasis on efficient set up and expanding register? Is there any substantial differences?
20  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: Flute, trumpet, piano, percussion, bass trombone on: Jun 08, 2017, 07:23AM
rather unlikely, not an  usual ensemble. If you add a tenor or alto register instrument (not necessarily a tbone) you be more likely to find something more....
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