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1  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: WTB Doug Elliott LB112 Rim on: Yesterday at 09:12 PM
I have a used LB Silver 112 in stock.

I generally have a few used parts around, often they're new parts that I dropped so they might have small dings.  This one looks pretty much perfect but not perfect enough to sell as new.
2  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Out of breath on: Oct 19, 2017, 11:30AM
Sometimes running out of air is from not taking in enough, but more often it's a result of inefficiency at the embouchure, where you're wasting a lot of air that's not becoming vibration.  If the horn has a leak, at the spit valve or a joint somewhere, that can also cause it.
3  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Tuning Problem on my valve trombone on: Oct 18, 2017, 01:38PM
Or if it's that old it may have worn valves or other leaks that you're not aware of.  Leaks can definitely cause that problem.
4  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Tuning Problem on my valve trombone on: Oct 17, 2017, 09:59PM
Is this a name brand American made or Yamaha valve trombone, or something else?

If it has that much of a problem I would bet it's "something else."

There's a lot of junk out there.  You might need to bite the bullet and buy a real instrument.
5  Teaching & Learning / Composition, Arranging and Theory / Re: Notation question on: Oct 15, 2017, 08:40PM
Don't always take ornaments like that too seriously.  Lots of arrangers who don't play trombone (and even some who do) write things like that that aren't even possible.  Like plunger on a trigger note....  Or cup mute on a low G or below.
6  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Asthma and Sleep Apnea on: Oct 15, 2017, 06:20PM
I played around with the pressure every night for at least a month, to narrow down the range that worked without pushing too much air into my stomach, which is the only real problem I've had.  Recently I reduced it more.  My apnea episodes stay right around 1 now.

I tried a nasal pillow and couldn't use it because air kept coming out of my mouth. Some might say I couldn't keep my mouth shut...
7  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Asthma and Sleep Apnea on: Oct 15, 2017, 10:55AM
I have been using a CPAP for almost 2 years now.  I started a topic about it here.  My first suggestion is to try 14 days of Prilosec to see if reducing stomach acidity helps - sometimes there's some acid reflux that makes sleep apnea worse. Prilosec is very inexpensive over the counter and the effect of the 14 day course lasts 3-4 months.

A good CPAP mask fit is essential.

Experiment with the pressure and humidity.

8  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Lip rolling on: Oct 14, 2017, 11:08PM
I'd have to see what you're doing.
9  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Lip rolling on: Oct 14, 2017, 08:29PM
Is it working OK?  If so don't worry about it, just be sure you pull it back in as you go up.
10  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Tuning in Slide vs. Tuning in Bell on: Oct 14, 2017, 07:33PM
I think at this point most of the boutique trombone manufacturers put tapers in the tuning slide legs to approximate the continuous taper of a TIS bell section.
11  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Lip rolling on: Oct 14, 2017, 07:26PM
It's actually normal for the bottom lip to roll outward for low range, but it would happen less and cause less problems on a larger mouthpiece.

One key to dealing with it is to make sure you roll your bottom lip back in as you come up out of the low range.  Otherwise it can get stuck in the outward position and mess up your middle and high range.
12  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Adjusting my mouthpiece position on: Oct 13, 2017, 09:58PM
"somewhat of an upstream embouchure" ????

If I saw you I would do quite a bit of testing to see what effect different variations have, to fully diagnose your likely best embouchure type.  It's not just about "upstream" and "downstream,"  there are two distinctly different downstream embouchures and full testing would likely reveal important details of how your face really needs to work.

AND, I would test you on tuba, trombone, and maybe trumpet too.

Otherwise you're just guessing.
13  Teaching & Learning / Pedagogy / Re: Ear Training - how do you listen? on: Oct 13, 2017, 12:18AM
It definitely helps a lot.  Get in the habit of always thinking the pitch before you play.
14  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Double-tongue and spit on: Oct 10, 2017, 02:43PM
There are salivary glands on the bottom of your tongue that are activated by tongue motion.  I haven't specifically had that problem that I've noticed.  Probably as you refine your motion it will diminish.
15  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: WTB 4G Cutaway on: Oct 10, 2017, 02:40PM
In case you're interested I am now able to make rim-on-a-stick visualizers in any of my rim sizes and shapes, per order.  I have 101 and 114 sizes already done.
16  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: alto trombone mouthpiece with a 1.5 G rim on: Oct 09, 2017, 09:15PM
All of those things I mentioned are in stock.
17  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: alto trombone mouthpiece with a 1.5 G rim on: Oct 09, 2017, 09:51AM
Matt's right, SB 108, C, C Alto.
XT 106 might be close enough to not bother you and would probably help some with range and sound, and then you have more cup choices but C is a good place to start.

If you don't already play alto you have more to worry about than the mouthpiece.
18  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Equipment Experiments on: Oct 08, 2017, 02:37PM
I'm about to start a one week run of Urinetown, which is trombone/euphonium double.  I started thinking some of it would sound good on my Eb tuba, so I ran through the whole show on it for practice.  My trombone mouthpiece feels like a trumpet mouthpiece right now.
19  Town Hall / Notices from TTF Members / Doug Elliott 2 days in NY on: Oct 08, 2017, 09:52AM
I've had a lot of requests for in-person lessons, so - I'm planning to be in NY on either Monday  & Tuesday October 16-17, or Tuesday & Wednesday October 17 & 18.  Or maybe even all three days.

If anybody wants to get together, or have a lesson or try mouthpieces, please let me know soon.

I probably can't bring a lot of mouthpieces but I can have a representative selection if I know what I need to bring.
20  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Technology / Re: Laptop changed on: Oct 05, 2017, 06:59AM
I think the jack is designed to recognize  different impedances for phones or powered speakers, and when I plug in the speakers it's just like nothing went in. It doesn't cut off the internal speakers either.
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