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1  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Plumbers... on: Yesterday at 12:59 PM
Nice.

How long did it take you?
2  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: #60secpractise on: Yesterday at 10:05 AM
You have used several terms I don't know including Instagram and that weird thing that starts with the pound sign (which I know by the name Routetaster.)
3  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Bent mouthpiece shank on: Yesterday at 07:24 AM
I have tried the needle nose pliers trick and my results were not great.  And I was pretty careful.  I think you probably want the correct tool for this one, and a bit of practice.  
4  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: alto t-bone measurement on: Yesterday at 07:22 AM


I play alone/for my own amusement, and with a bit of practice room tuning, tenor trombone has been working well. I won't know if the alto is a good option, comfort-wise, until I identify/try a few possibilities, hence the preliminary research.



An alto might be softer, or because you get less direct bell feedback, it might cause you to play louder.  It might be worth taking some actual measurements at your ear position.  I don't know how much of the damage is done by near field vs far field sound. 
5  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: alto t-bone measurement on: Yesterday at 05:54 AM
Tubas come in bell front and bell up, and if there's no ceiling to reflect, they play louder trying to hear, I understand. 
6  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: alto t-bone measurement on: Yesterday at 05:11 AM
I would want the bell as far away from my ears as possible. Simple as that.


Interesting.

I wonder how much our perception of the sound of a horn (bright, dark, etc.) is colored by how far away the bell is.

It might be that a bell very close to our ear sounds brighter than it is, and causes us to darken our sound, or vice versa.

Perhaps there's no difference in sound between many horns not due to that factor. 
7  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Am I the only one? on: Yesterday at 05:08 AM
What I think is unethical, and really hurts small business, is to spend time shopping in the store, maybe even working with the salesperson to figure out the best product, then buy it cheaper on line.

8  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Am I the only one? on: Mar 27, 2017, 07:30PM
Unless there was some deception involved, I'd just accept it.

I wouldn't have bought it at 99 if I didn't think that was a fair price.  I agreed to pay for it, they agreed to give it to me, the deal was done.

I'd regret that I didn't buy it the next day cheaper, but it could just as well have gone up.  I don't think I'd feel entitled to get it at the low price.  When you come in one day after a sale ends, do you demand the sale price? 
9  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Mar 27, 2017, 12:23PM


So the founders anticipated--and they said this--that the EC was designed to overrule a bad choice by the people. But it's been so long since they've had anything but a ceremonial purpose that there would be chaos if they performed that function.

There were people who advocated that tactic, but it was never more than a token protest; it had no chance of happening.

If it did, it would have been within the rule of law.  I see that as in contrast with the side that did not agree to accept the results of the election if they lost. 
10  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: kidney stone attack on: Mar 27, 2017, 12:17PM
I saw the specialist today.  The stone is not moving and the longer it sits the more chance of damage, so I'm scheduled for lithotripsy Thursday.

Or, it could pass between now and then.  But he doesn't think so. 
11  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Advice on Hitting High Notes? on: Mar 27, 2017, 04:58AM
Why debate it then? I have a great high range. You need a lot of air.

Wait, back up.

You say those who don't use a lot of air in the high range sound thin.

But.......they're playing in the high range, without a lot of air.

(Unlike you I'm not a high range expert.  But I can squeak up around double Bb for quite a while on almost no breath.  So I'm playing up there without air.)

Now you're subtly changing the position.  Do you need a lot of air to play high?  Or do you just need a lot of air to play high with more tone? 

And then, once you got playing up there with more tone, could you get more efficient, and play up there with less air? 

Saturday morning in trombone choir rehearsal I was playing third, the piece had an 8 va section where the line went from the alt-F down to the high Bb.  I hit all the notes; they sounded like crap I'm sure, and in performance I'd take them down, but I did play them, and without a huge breath. 
12  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Rim Buzzing - Useful? on: Mar 26, 2017, 04:23PM
Sounds like we could have a kick-starter project here? If someone could print a 4G or 5G rim for me, I'd be happy to paypal you something reasonable!

What if I draw an SVG and post it here?  You can then print it anywhere you want.  I'm just learning the software and struggling a bit but this is a simple shape. 
13  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Beer while practicing on: Mar 26, 2017, 04:22PM
Tim I appreciate your response; however I was asking more along the lines of whether blowing the sweet nectar through the horn could do any actual damage to the horns, similar to red rot and sugary stuff.

Thanks again,

Elliot

Moisture is the enemy of brass.  Dry, I think it would last for ever.  It doesn't precipitation harden, so work hardening is the only possibility, and that is an energetically unfavorable state.  I think it will self relax eventually, probably on the order of about 10,000 years.

Moist, some galvanic corrosion is inevitable.

But it is impossible to play without moist air, so there's no way out.

Beer doesn't add any more moisture.  It may add some organics as Bruce said, and those deposits can also cause areas of varied electronegativity (might be the wrong term).  So a reasonably regular snake and swab is probably indicated.  I would do monthly. 

14  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Advice on Hitting High Notes? on: Mar 26, 2017, 04:16PM
There seem to be three basic ways to get higher:

1 More air 

And finally, play the F and then raise the tongue from the back toward the front, something like "ah" to "ee" or "i".  You may find the note pops up. 

More air, or the right amount?  I think it is less air, but has to be just right.  I think blowing more air can work if you start below the amount you need and ramp up slowly.  If you overshoot you lose it.  I think.  Not a high range expert here. 

Tongue position in the staff makes no difference for me.  An octave above it makes some difference, another octave a good bit more.  I think.  This is subtle stuff in that range.  For me.  YMMV. 
15  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Beer while practicing on: Mar 24, 2017, 03:13PM
Actually it can improve your results.

When you play continuously you wear out your chops.  Taking that break every few bars for a small sip is a great way to rest enough to keep making progress.

Of course, it's possible to over do..........................

I know people who drink at performances.  I would never do that.  In home practice though, in moderation, probably doesn't hurt.  Don't forget it's calories, lots of them, and they're the type that can pack on weight.  If you're spending hours in the practice room, they aren't at the gym, you're going to want to watch that. 
16  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Rim Buzzing - Useful? on: Mar 24, 2017, 01:11PM
??

It would take you about ten minutes on Tinkercad or 123Design to draw a mouthpiece rim and handle.

email or bring a thumb drive to a public library and they can often 3D print it for you.

17  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: 4 Trombones in an Orchestra on: Mar 24, 2017, 01:09PM
I don't know how demanding the first part is in an orchestra (or even if you're using the word the way I do.)

I play in a band that carries four people.  The extra player plays first, for two reasons.  One is that when one can't make it, the other is familiar with the music.  The other reason is that the first part in band can be tiring.  That doesn't affect a real pro, but at the am level endurance is a consideration. 
18  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Rim Buzzing - Useful? on: Mar 24, 2017, 12:45PM
Do you have a public library handy? 
19  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Advice on Hitting High Notes? on: Mar 24, 2017, 12:15PM
Something I'd like to get off my chest about my videos.

Geezer puts a lot of effort into making his artistic, and I appreciate the work and the talent.

But my approach is different.  They're all done live, one take, no prep - they're an instant snapshot of where I was at that moment, most just a quick experiment.  Some of them suck farts out of dead seagulls. 

I leave them up because I consider us friends here, and I don't worry because I don't get that many hits outside of us.  Maybe that's not a great idea.  If I were chumming for gigs I'd be culling them, and spending some time trying to do a good one.
20  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: GOP Health Care on: Mar 24, 2017, 09:42AM
It doesn't seem to have occurred to anyone that there just aren't that many ways to construct a health care insurance system.

They're going to all be variations on the same theme, which a substantial percentage on both left and right don't like (for opposite reasons.) 

"We're going to replace it with something better."

"okay, go ahead." 

"Oh crap."
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