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1  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: That inadvertent vibrato on: Feb 23, 2017, 09:23AM
Simply because they pretend it to be "natural" (or most of them). There are some singers with a rather operatic way of singing that can control their vibrato, but these are mostly renaissance or baroque singers.

I have been told by sopranos that vibrato is a natural consequence of correct vocal technique, not something additional they add.

I don't know enough about it to know if that's true. 

I have a natural vibrato in my singing voice, which I'm now trying to rein in a bit because as I age it seems to widen. 
2  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: That inadvertent vibrato on: Feb 23, 2017, 08:40AM
Well, Alessi does add that little shimmer to the tone. 

I think we could use more vibrato than we do especially in ballad type lines that are essentially vocal.

But I don't want to do it unintentionally. 
3  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / That inadvertent vibrato on: Feb 23, 2017, 04:45AM
I recorded some simple midrange sightreading I did yesterday (in Bb treble on the plastic alto, for a reason).

I was surprised by how good a little steady vibrato sounded.

Of course, I'm usually surprised when something sounds good.  But, I hadn't added any vibrato, at least not intentionally. 

Anybody else have that habit sneak in without notice? 
4  Teaching & Learning / Pedagogy / Article on historical trumpet pedagogy on: Feb 22, 2017, 01:06PM
https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc700006/m2/1/high_res_d/dissertation.pdf

I haven't finished but there is some interesting stuff. 
5  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible - Song of Solomon 2 on: Feb 22, 2017, 12:58PM

2) I'm a bit curious - what are the theological arguments for the inclusion of this material in the Christian bible?

According to this:
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionqanda/2014/08/why-is-the-song-of-solomon-in-the-bible/
nobody knows.  Certainly not I.  I'd be interested in any ideas. 
6  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Ear wax again on: Feb 22, 2017, 04:46AM
I got it cleared last night, after about 4 days of constant Debrox and flushing (way more often than the twice a day the doctor recommended - more like hourly when possible).  Relief at last!

7  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Ear wax again on: Feb 21, 2017, 05:20AM
I've been able to do my regular morning routine though it sounds a bit tinny.

I went to rehearsal last night and it was miserable.  I couldn't hear myself, at least I hope that horrible sound wasn't me.  I gave up and went home at break time.

I hope the Debrox works.
8  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: Feb 20, 2017, 07:33AM
Whoops, my error, he was raised Protestant, became Anglican later in life. 

Too bad somebody didn't bring up C. S. Lewis during the Psalms, because his work Reflections on the Psalms is quite interesting.  Here's a PDF online:
https://korycapps.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/cs-lewis-on-the-psalms.pdf

Lewis has become sort of a hero among the evangelical crowd because he did some apologetic writings that may have no more content than McDowell or Strobel but are written with much more skill.  His beliefs do not appear to match conservative US Christianity in the slightest, but he writes well. 

This is now off topic as we've moved on, but I'll quote one final paragraph from p. 38:

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It seems quite clear that in most parts of the Old Testament there is little or no belief in a future life, certainly no belief of any religious importance.  The word translated "soul" in our version of the Psalms simply means "life;" the word translated "hell" simply means "land of the dead," the state of all the dead, good and bad alike, Sheol.

9  Town Hall / Notices from TTF Members / Re: ATW schedule / program? on: Feb 20, 2017, 07:03AM
I hope the live streaming works this year.  I take Wednesday through Friday off work, but I watch online the first two days and go up Friday and spend the night. 
10  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Ear wax again on: Feb 20, 2017, 07:02AM
My left ear is plugged.  I can't hear, it feels uncomfortable, everything muffled, etc.

i get a lot of wax, I don't know why.  Usually I can keep ahead of it with the occasional over the counter stuff.  This time it was so bad I went to the doctor, hoping it was just wax and not an ear infection.

Yup, wax completely blocking the canal.  He tried flushing it, no luck.  He tried manual removal with a probe, VERY uncomfortable, couldn't get it.  He did break off enough to see the ear drum and it looks okay.  So he sent me home to try a few days of Debrox and home flushing.  He said the next step is the ENT with his little vacuum, which will be even more painful. 

The weird thing is playing.  I'm getting a snare drum effect, the sound is kind of tinny and rattly.  It's not there on a recording but it sure is when playing. 
11  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: Feb 20, 2017, 06:19AM
C. S. Lewis, a great writer and a "cradle Anglican," a believer his entire life, became more fervent in his later years.



Whoops, my error, he was raised Protestant, became Anglican later in life. 
12  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: Feb 20, 2017, 05:31AM
C. S. Lewis, a famous philosopher attempted to disprove God with his superior understanding, only to fail, and become a great believer!

C. S. Lewis, a great writer and a "cradle Anglican," a believer his entire life, became more fervent in his later years.

13  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: Feb 17, 2017, 10:52AM
  The text explicitly says that finding enjoyment is "from the hand of God" and I factor this into my understanding of the purpose of life and developing my "20th century conservative theology." 

  I didn't say that others couldn't enjoy eating....  My point was that I believe that genuine enjoyment of this is a gift of God. 

I read your "in other words" to mean that man cannot enjoy the eating and the hard work UNLESS he understands it to be a gift of God.  If that was not your intent then I misunderstood you.
14  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: Feb 17, 2017, 09:10AM
I believe that the key to interpreting Ecclesiastes is the refrain that first shows up in 2:24-- "There is nothing better for as person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil.  This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can have enjoyment."  The idea is repeated, for example, in 3:12-13,22; 5:18, etc.  It culminates in the closing remarks of 12:13-14.

In other words, without living a life that understands that all is a gift from God and that all meaning and purpose ultimately comes from Him, such a life is just, in the words of the song that Peggy Lee made famous, "Is that all there is?... then let's break out the booze and keep dancing."



I bolded a couple of phrases from your post.

I think you are erring in drawing more from the passage than is there.

I don't see the first phrase as pessimistic at all.  It is a great thing to eat and drink and work hard. 

The next sentence observes that this state of affairs is a gift from God, in the author's opinion.  But it does not require that understanding to enjoy eating, drinking, and working hard.  Your "in other words" does not follow from the plain reading of the scripture.  It is a conclusion you have reached from the viewpoint of 20th century conservative theology, and may be true or false, but is not based on the text as it is written.

Nor is there any hint of an afterlife here, nor suggestion that man is doomed and in need of a Savior. 
15  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible - Ecclesiastes 3 on: Feb 16, 2017, 04:42PM
Rather than questioning if this means is there an afterlife, or not, we should remember that Solomon was speaking from an "under the Sun perspective" -(vs 16), the way things would look without God's Divine reality and purpose.

Some of us think it is a mistake to read the Bible solely in the context of modern US Christianity, without some attention to the culture and attitudes of the times.

The fact that the concept of an afterlife had not yet occurred to the Israelites at the time of the writing does not mean it could not exist.  Understanding can possibly grow over time.  People a thousand years later might know more. 

16  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Ideal characteristics of a bell? on: Feb 16, 2017, 06:13AM
I believe that most of the option we discuss and we choose from a based more on the feedback we receive from the instrument, than the actual sound comming from the bell as heard by a listener.

Years ago I decide I should cancel that feedback and listen only to the room sound.

So I wrapped my 42B bell in self vulcanizing rubber tape, the stuff you put on a hammer handle.

Zero detectable difference. 
17  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible - Ecclesiastes 3 on: Feb 16, 2017, 06:11AM
There are scriptures that refer to afterlife, read my post #1824 for just one example.

You can interpret some scriptures that way, IF and ONLY IF you already believe in it and are looking for it.

It is well established that Judaism did not have the concept before Second Temple, and some branches today still do not include it. 
18  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Richard Smith, still nutty on: Feb 15, 2017, 05:49PM
If it were really the forward motion of the air that made a trombone so loud, you could be just as loud buzzing on your mouthpiece or just buzzing your lips, since all of those would be moving the same amount of air forward.



No, but your comment does point out the disconnect we run into.

Air flows slowly into the horn, it is part of the process of introducing a sound wave.

The sound wave is not air flow.  Resistance to air flow is not necessarily resistance to sound wave and vice versa. 

The common metaphors of blowing through the horn, moving warm air, etc. etc., are useful to some people, meaningless to others, counterproductive to others. 

Air and sound wave are two separate entities. 
19  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Feb 15, 2017, 05:42PM
There is a very interesting article in the current (March/April) issue of Scientific American Mind.

It says that Trump succeeded in defining two groups of people - an in group and an out group - and aligned himself with the ingroup to the extent that a few minor character flaws were meaningless. 

Oversimplification of course, but the article is convincing in its analysis.
20  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible - Ecclesiastes 3 on: Feb 15, 2017, 01:14PM
4) So we die like beasts, and "what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same". This seems noble (and true to me), but how does it square with Christian ideas of afterlife? Is it asserting that beasts are also judged? Can a Christian be reunited with their pets in the afterlife?

I don't think the concept of an afterlife existed when this was written.  That is a much later development.

Nowhere does the Bible distinguish between animal and human souls, so there is no reason not to believe you'll be reunited with your pets.  And ex-wives.  Well, unless you don't believe in an afterlife, I guess that would be a show stopper.
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