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1  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Uncontrollable lip twitching! on: Jan 12, 2018, 01:35PM
Hey guys,

So for the past several weeks, I've developed a severe bottom lip twitching in my playing. It doesn't happen unless I play my horn, not when I buzz and warm-up on mouthpiece. I don't know how to fix it, and it's very frustrating.
2  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Improving Tone on: Dec 30, 2017, 05:29PM
I was just curious on how y'all improve tone!
3  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Yamaha YBL-321 Bb/F Bass Trombone Opinions on: Jul 24, 2017, 05:47PM
Hey guys, just curious on y'alls opinion on the Yamaha YBL-321.
4  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Jazz Bass Trombone on: Jul 23, 2017, 09:47AM
I'd like to ask, how does it sound for the part?

It's a great sounding horn. It's just the thayers that are causing the weight issue. Not necessarily a sound issue.
5  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Jazz Bass Trombone on: Jul 20, 2017, 09:30PM
Hey guys,

So I play normally an Edwards for symphonic and solo work, and I also have to play it for jazz. However, holding it up for that long is uncomfortable, and I've considered getting a single trigger bass trombone (which if y'all feel like, comment some ideas on single trigger basses I should get). The question is, should I get a single trigger bass, or get a light weight double trigger bass?
6  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Wessex Bb/F Bass trombone on: Jul 16, 2017, 04:37AM
Hey guys,

Anyone has any opinions about the Wessex Bb/F Bass trombone? Considering getting one and was curious on what you guys think.
7  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / 1967 Mirafone Bass Trombone on: Jul 12, 2017, 06:01PM
So I recently found a 1967 Mirafone  Bass Trombone for sale (single trigger, 9.5 bell) for sell and I was curious if it's worth the money to buy ($900). Anyone likes/dislikes it? Let me know!
8  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Accessories / Tuning Preference on: Jun 01, 2017, 09:01PM
So this is more personal preference, or what would be considered more feasible (if that's the right word for this). I'm just curious on y'alls opinion with 2nd valve tuning. Do y'all prefer G, Gb, D, Eb, or some other random tuning. And tell me what you like about it. I have been using Gb for mine for a while, but am starting to move towards the uncommon D slide when I'm playing jazz or a really low part.
9  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Schiller Bass Trombone Review on: May 24, 2017, 07:08AM
Hey guys,

So this is not a question, but more like an endless rambling about the Schiller Bass trombone. Feel free to post, but I haven't been able to find a review over this bass, which is why I'm writing this.

So to start out, I got this horn in February. It's a gorgeous horn to look at right off the bat. The case is a nylon case, not too bad, just what I need. Then I started playing it. Great sound, great triggers, and nice tone. My only complaint at first was were the Gb trigger is located, and was a bit uncomfortable to play at first. Another small complaint I had about the horn was how bright it was. However, I was occasionally playing tenor parts on it, so it helped blend.

After about 4-6 months, I started having a bit of an issue with it. I noticed that some notes sounded odd. However, I blamed myself, as I thought it was the mouthpiece as well as myself. But bits and pieces also started to fall off, as well as the fact the valves were gulping down oil. But I felt like it was a small price to pay for getting a $800 horn.

So a couple months ago (now 12+ months) I noticed that the notes REALLY sounded bad. I was checking the horn everywhere and sure enough, I found several points that had no soldering on it (call me an idiot for not checking sooner, but I never blame the horn, I blame the player). So I sent it for repairs and my repair guy told me that they could fill in the other points that needed soldering (that I didn't find) and it was going to be $200 for total repairs. I just sent it home with me, no repairs, and now it's gathering dust in my closet. Now I'm back on my W. Nirschl tenor.

So the point is, is that if you decide to get this horn, get it for a new, younger played. Though it has played in several band/orchestras, solo performances, chamber groups, and countless competitions, I feel like it should be used for young guys (high schoolers) or someone who is doubling on bass. I'm now buying a Getzen 1052 and while waiting for the horn, I'm back on tenor. It's a great horn, it's just something I felt buyers should be wary about when buying this horn.
10  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Concerto in One Movement Advice on: May 24, 2017, 06:46AM
Do Cameos. It is not played as much and is easier. You can feel more free to be a musician with it. I think too many young bass trombonist tackle the Lebdov too quickly.

I've order Cameos, and I may end up doing that, as I've already performed Lebedov already. I feel like it would cheating if I were to do a piece I've already worked up and performed. But that's me.
11  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Concerto in One Movement Advice on: May 23, 2017, 07:51PM
Hey guys,

So my audition at UNT requires me to play one of three solos provided (Cameos by Jacobs, Concerto in One Movement by Lebedev, or Sonata in F Minor by Telemann) and I chose Concerto, arranged by Ostrander. However, I know he had to make some adaptions to this piece due to his single rotor bass (changing B naturals to another note, etc). My question is should I play what he arranged, or find the original and play that?

12  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Bach 42B Review on: May 23, 2017, 07:42PM
Hey guys,

So a buddy I play with is selling his Bach 42B, I was just curious on what you guys think of this horn. I like it well enough to buy it, I just personally think there is a bit of back pressure to it and prefer my W. Nirschl.

13  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Bach Trombones on: May 18, 2017, 12:49PM
Hey Y'all,

So a buddy of mine and I were talking about trombone brands last night and he went on a rant about how poorly made Bach trombones instruments are. Personally, I have never had any problems with my peashooter Bach, and I like the horn. I also played on a Stradivarius tenor and for a school horn, it played nicely. I just want to hear your opinion on Bach horns. Thanks guys!
14  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Bass Trumpet on: May 11, 2017, 10:02AM
I'm probably going to get either a piston Wessex bass trumpet, or a Schiller bass trumpet, both in Bb.
15  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Bass Trumpet on: May 10, 2017, 08:10AM
Hey Y'all,

I am considering playing bass trumpet, as per request in some local civic and professional orchestras. However, I don't have the money to buy a crazy expensive one, and most are in Bb. Is there a way I could play the bass trumpet parts that are in Eb and C on a Bb Bass trumpet? Thanks guys!
16  Creation and Performance / Performance / Church Gigs? on: Apr 22, 2017, 09:52PM
Hey y'all,

So I've seen some of you guys playing at churches and getting paid. Currently, I am playing at the church I've been going to for years for free, but I would like to start being hired at various churches and play for profit. How are y'all requested to play at churches, how much do you charge per gig, and how do you go about with the entire thing basically, as I'm curious to learn on how to play and make money at churches. Thanks!
17  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: 4 Trombones in an Orchestra on: Mar 27, 2017, 01:18PM
Hold a challenge session, move one to euphonium? or first come,first serve.  I wonder how the principal would react if the other three were better players than he.

Between you and I, all of the other trombonists are, we just don't want to deal with him fussing.

Also, thanks to all of y'all for the input. We've decided that since I can play alto, tenor, bass, and bass trumpet, that I'll play second trombone parts (having two trombones to 2nd) if the full section is there, but if one of the guys can't play, or if there is a bass trumpet part, I'll fill in.
18  Creation and Performance / Performance / 4 Trombones in an Orchestra on: Mar 24, 2017, 11:27AM
Hey y'all,

So recently my town made a civic orchestra and we've had an amazing turnout of musicians. However, with that said, we now have 4 trombone players. Of course we can't turn someone away, but there is only 3 trombones needed. The principle wants there to be 2 3rd trombones (one playing a tenor while another playing a bass), while I suggest 2 on 2nd trombone, as that is the thinnest part. What are you guy's suggestions?

19  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Viola Music for Alto Trombone? on: Feb 24, 2017, 10:09AM
Hey Y'all,

So I've started messing around with my alto trombone and thought about playing some music in alto clef to familiarize myself with the clef. I was curious if I could play viola music for the alto trombone, since they're in the same clef. 
20  Creation and Performance / Performance / Blue Topaz on: Feb 01, 2017, 08:25PM
So after making several auditions and achievements in my high school band, my director agreed to let me be the soloist for Blue Topaz by Tommy Pederson. It's a great piece, I was just curious if anyone was willing to give me some tips before I jump into the piece!
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