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1  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Out of breath on: Yesterday at 11:03 AM
1.  Buy a pencil
2.  Plan where you will breathe
3.  Mark your music

This has limited utility if you mostly play by ear though. 

Usually I run out of air because I'm trying to finish a phrase that I never should have started without breathing at the right time.

2  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: Maybe dumb car repair idea on: Yesterday at 07:28 AM
Based on the mechanic at the shop and some internet advice, I thought it was worth seeing if it would overheat less if I took the thermostat out.

It's easy on a Volvo, the upper hose is right there with nothing in the way.

Yeah, not.

Two nuts hold it on.  One came off easily, the other defied my efforts for most of the day, but finally came off, a bit mangled but intact.

Of course the thermostat has to go back in sans guts, the gasket is too small to seal alone.  So I removed the thermostat center.

But then.  All the time I was working on the difficult nut, I was sweating over rounding it completely or snapping the bolt shaft.  (yeah of course I bought a new nut before reinstalling.) 

So of course when I put it back together, the other bolt snapped off.  Not sure why, I was using my short 3/8 inch ratchet, not the 1/2 breaker bar that worked on the other one. 

Sigh. 
3  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: Maybe dumb car repair idea Maybe the end of the Volvo threads on: Oct 18, 2017, 08:28AM
This may finally be the end of my bringing my Volvo woes to this forum.

It's started overheating, shortly after doing enough repairs to pass inspection.  That would have cost more but I repaired the window switch and the bad connections on front turn signal and back brake light myself. 

The shop diagnosed a bad water pump and replaced it.  That made no difference.  It overheats and the heater blows cold air, then it seems to fix itself and the temp gauge comes back down and the heater works, then everything repeats, all within a couple of miles.  Clearly there's a coolant blockage that comes and goes. 

This morning I squeezed the radiator hose and it was pressurized rock hard.  Seems to be exhaust gas getting into the coolant.

That means a blown head gasket, I guess, and that's not economically repairable on a 1991 high mileage car.  The mechanic we use agrees with me.  He did say I might get some local travel running it without a thermostat and maybe trying one of those stop leak products.  The gasket itself is only about $60 but there's apparently a lot of labor involved in changing it. 
4  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress on: Oct 17, 2017, 06:36AM
Interesting sidelight.  When Glenn Miller was looking for musicians for his Air Force band, he'd look for tents where there were cannabis plants.  Those musicians were the "swingers" he wanted.  Note that cannabis was not only popular with Black musicians -- it was also popular with White ones.

I always did think military musicians should be exempted from the mandatory drug testing, but they're not.

Old timers have told me stories of getting high on the band bus while the lifers up front were unaware.  Come to think of it, it may have been an Air Force guy talking. 
5  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Learning to play loose! on: Oct 17, 2017, 06:33AM
I think you should focus more on watching what the pros do than on the verbiage used to describe it.

Lots of people do things right, but describe them wrong or at least confusingly.

By the way, if a youtube video is too fast, hit pause.  Then the period key . moves one frame to the right, the comma key , moves one frame left.

What I see in these videos (my verbiage, no more correct than anybody else) is a couple of things.

The horn is very still, it never jerks side to side.  Some of that comes from playing into the mike of course, but these guys and every blazing fast trombonist I've seen have a mostly motionless horn.

The slide moves in a straight line.  The arm joints do whatever they need to produce straight line motion without side pressure.

Almost everybody holds the slide with the thumb towards the mouth and the palm down.  Sabutin is the exception, but he is mostly that way now.  In the past I think he was more thumb up and palm toward mouth. 

What that means is these are not wristy motions.  You can see some soft flex in the wrist that seems be the result of the rapid slide movement, not the cause.  Most of the motion is forearm, it appears the wrist cushions the stop.  Logic tells me there must be some shoulder and elbow movement but we see very little of it in the videos. 
6  Practice Break / Religion / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: Oct 17, 2017, 06:13AM

I'm pretty sure that the implications of what Jesus taught was that nobody could follow the Torah well enough to get into heaven. 

The Torah was actually given to Israel as part of the old covenant between them and God.  But even the Jews stuffed that up, so God brought in a New Covenant, that wasn't dependent on obeying laws. 

Under the Old Covenant God was the God of Israel, the descendants of Abraham through Isaac ... and there was a set of rules around that relationship.


Implications, and later interpretations by Christianity.

I think if you go back to the times, you see how desperate Judaism might have been to maintain their end of the covenant.  They were a conquered and enslaved nation again (history repeats itself.)  One interpretation of the reason for that could be failure to obey the Torah sufficiently.  So there was an increased emphasis on legalism and strict adherence.

If it were not the Jews fault, then there was no hope - the Jews had made a contract with someone (Yahweh) who was not holding up His end. 

Jesus came along and said Yahweh doesn't want the letter of the law, he wants the intent.  This was a threatening and dangerous idea, because if it was wrong, then the Jews would be punished even further.  Jesus was maintaining that the old contract is still in place, but they weren't understanding the terms correctly. 
7  Practice Break / Religion / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: Oct 17, 2017, 06:07AM
If you can't get in by doing the right things, how do you get in?

Well, you've got to be dead, for one. 
8  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Tuning in Slide vs. Tuning in Bell on: Oct 13, 2017, 04:30PM


I'm not going to argue that we don't have a huge tuning slide in the right hand... But another one on the instrument is pretty necessary.

In the past I would agree, but I think things have changed.  The $20 electronic tuner on every stand has stabilized pitch to the extent we don't have to chase it like previously.  I never move my tuning slide anymore. 
9  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Double-tongue and spit on: Oct 10, 2017, 01:00PM
That happened to me when I experimented with dorsal tonguing.

It went away after a bit though. 
10  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Tuning in Slide vs. Tuning in Bell on: Oct 10, 2017, 12:59PM
Or an E on an alto...........
11  Practice Break / Religion / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: Oct 07, 2017, 01:59PM

Sounds like you've just been putting the burden of proof on Joseph Smith and the BoM to me.
 
Why would you? Why wouldn't you take it at face value as straightforward eyewitness testimony and look into how it can be true instead of just presupposing it's not and going with the oh come on kind of skeptic's take?

I think he is attempting to apply critical thinking to these accounts, and they maybe come up short in his opinion for three reasons: the lack of supporting evidence, the extraordinary claims, and the conflict with a prior belief.

The same problems apply to all religions to some extent.  But like here, the critical thinking is applied only to the other guy's story.  The believers have no problem with their own. 
12  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: GUNS CHAPTER TWO //2nd AMENDMENT on: Oct 07, 2017, 01:46PM


I would like to see firearms licensed with the licensees required to undergo safety and use training periodically, and to store their arms safely when not in use.  I would also like to see limits on the ability to carry firearms in crowded places like cities where their indescriminate use can cause harm to innocent bystanders.


We do have some common sense measures in place. 

You can't buy mail order, you have to have a background check run, you can't buy if you're a convicted felon or mentally ill, there are a number of prohibited items, not just automatic firing but those with features like short barrels, the dreaded bayonet lug; in some states there are long waiting periods, limits on guns per month, limits on magazine size, etc.  If your spouse has a restraining order they will confiscate your guns until it expires.  If you do a firearm crime there is usually a mandatory long prison sentence. 

It's not like there haven't been some attempts.  But a) this is not easy given the inventory already out there, and the unique American propensity for solving problems by shooting people, and b) most of these will have their impact, if there is any, on the more common deaths.  It's hard to see what kind of "common sense" control measure will work for the sophisticated lone sniper scenario. 

That's our approach though.  Ignore gang drivebys, convenience store holdups, resisting arrest, suicide, but react emotionally to the rare but highly publicized mass shooting.  Then enact something, anything, don't care if it works but it makes us feel better.

13  Teaching & Learning / Schools, Colleges and Conservatories / Re: Time Management Struggles -AP Kid on: Oct 06, 2017, 06:46PM
When I was a junior in high school, 1970 or so, SAT prep classes were unknown in our area.  We took the PSAT as a practice the year before doing the SAT. 

It worked out for me; I was a National Merit Scholar and that helped greatly with the costs at Notre Dame (which in the 70s were nothing like they are now.) 
14  Practice Break / Religion / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: Oct 06, 2017, 12:08PM
Actually if you had taken the time to pursue what works C. Blomberg has written, such as The Historical Reliability of the Gospels, you might find that he it isn't just a facile claim that they are true. He takes a rather serious look at the materials. Stroebel's interview probably sounds similar to the sound bites

If you're defending Stroebel and McDowell you're in some seriously sketchy territory.

15  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Las Vegas shooting on: Oct 06, 2017, 12:05PM


At that time, the second amendment lost any real relevance.



I'm not a second amendment scholar and don't pretend to know all the reasons.  Or much care.

But it seems to me another concept has been inserted that confuses the issue.

US courts have consistently upheld the right to exercise self defense, have they not? Even in some rather dubious circumstances.   That would seem to generate gun ownership as an implied secondary right, because clearly disabled or small or female people who would have no other option can't be denied the right to self defense.

We take that "right" for granted in the US but it is by no means universal across the world. 
16  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Las Vegas shooting on: Oct 06, 2017, 11:59AM
I don't see how the two can be reconciled.  They appear to be orthogonal.
 
Either we only have rights and property we can prove we need, all else are denied by the states; or we are allowed all rights and privileges that the state has not proven harmful. 
 
Our country is based on the latter, is it not?
I have to agree mostly with Bob on this (although I also have to wonder about the obsession with phalli and obviously mis-calibrated rulers). When something is harmful it changes the free society private property standards. This is very much the same kind of limitation to personal freedoms as applies to the commons in general.

Well, maybe I stated it badly.

The way I see it, cost benefit analysis if it shows harm must limit personal freedom.  I'm fine with that, at least in principle - none of us live alone on a desert island.  Absent that analysis, everything is legal.

I am seeing a contrast with the "but you don't need XXX"  approach. That seems to imply nothing is legal unless you can prove it should be. 

The burden of proof should be on the state to show harm, rather than on the individual to show need. 
17  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Las Vegas shooting on: Oct 06, 2017, 11:26AM
Both approaches are valid and needed.

I don't see how the two can be reconciled.  They appear to be orthogonal.


Either we only have rights and property we can prove we need, all else are denied by the states; or we are allowed all rights and privileges that the state has not proven harmful. 

Our country is based on the latter, is it not? 
18  Practice Break / Religion / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: Oct 06, 2017, 07:50AM
https://www.christianbook.com/the-case-for-christ/lee-strobel/9780310350033/pd/350034

"The Case For Christ" written by Lee Strobel goes into that issue.

I've read it.

It was a waste of good ink.  Seriously.............no, correction, it CAN'T be taken seriously.  Look at it again.  Even preaching to the choir you gotta make SOME sense.

Also, I don't trust that he's honest with his own story.  His conversion makes no sense at all. 
19  Practice Break / Religion / Re: TTF "Read Da Book": The Christian Bible on: Oct 06, 2017, 06:48AM


The general problem is the one that I have specified to you before in this thread. You think that attempting to reach a particular conclusion is a valid way to be a scholar. I do not, and nor does modern knowledge-gathering outside of your kind of field; it is in fact a near infallible way to keep fooling oneself if one is already convinced of something in error.

That is also my perception.

The conservative theologians John most often links to seem to me to be just apologists.  They start with a Not-to-be-questioned assumption (that the text can be trusted because God wrote it) and proceed to use it to justify the existing doctrinal conclusion.  They may tease out more details, they are smart people, but never do they overturn a previous belief.  

That doesn't mean they are always wrong, but it means I'm uncomfortable accepting what they say.

By contrast the more liberal theologians like Ehrman, Pagel, Spong, et al, write in a much less biased style.  That doesn't mean they're necessarily right, either, but their approach seems significantly more honest to me.

The thing I struggle with is that if the approach of the people John quotes is all there is, then I have trouble seeing any "there" there.  I don't want that to be the case.  Ultimately though John may convince me to abandon belief, something that no atheist could ever do.    
20  Teaching & Learning / Schools, Colleges and Conservatories / Re: Time Management Struggles -AP Kid on: Oct 06, 2017, 05:34AM
For people my age the answer is get up a little early and play before work.

That doesn't work for a teenager.  Most are chronically sleep deprived anyway and this is risky.

I think you have to accept that there's going to be a period where you get less than optimal practice - if you're not going to be a music major.  If you are, then you have to practice, and do less math. 

I do think 15 minutes a day, every day, plus your ensembles, can have great benefits.  The way to ensure this is set a regular schedule.
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