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1  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Trombone : shake or lip trill? on: Today at 04:55 PM
in the mind of that trumpeter lip trill=shake, no matter how it is produced.

That's because trumpets typically use valves to do trills.  We don't.

I think it sounds awful when trombone players do it by shaking the horn.  I have not ever heard that done well.
2  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Animal Rights--Now a Topic on Purely Politics. on: Today at 02:22 PM
When I was there it definitely looked like the employees all treated them as pets.
3  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: A Small Mouthpiece for Large Shank on: Today at 10:59 AM
I have 98 and 99 rims for my LT series, and soon I'll also have an 11C copy.
4  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Bach16 question on: Today at 07:32 AM
I had a MV16 for a while many years ago but I found the blow a bit strange compared to straight bores, and I sold it.

Now I wish I still had it in the collection.
5  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Mt Vernon Bach 16B - Anyone Heard Of Such A Critter? on: Today at 07:02 AM
That local one here was a modification done in recent years, I think by Todd Clontz in Baltimore. 

There are logistical problems just putting a 36B attachment on a 36 - the 16 bell section is narrower than a 36, and it's also a different length.
Even so, it plays great.

It would be very interesting to see the factory job.  That's the first one I've heard of.
6  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: 2017: My Last Year In High School Marching Band on: Today at 12:53 AM
I tried to get out of the band when I was going to be a senior, but I was informed that high school instrumental music was a requirement to be in the county Youth Orchestra I was in.
7  Creation and Performance / The Business of Music / Re: Ringling folding, 800ish jobs gone on: Yesterday at 09:05 PM
http://www.circusmusic.org/index.htm

"The Windjammers Unlimited is a 501(c)3 historical music society that is dedicated to the preservation of traditional music of the circus. This music is kept alive via live performances and recording sessions at the annual convention and summer meetings."

They just inducted Keith Green to their Hall of Fame.  Keith was the Red Unit's Bandleader through the time I used to play the circus in DC and Baltimore, and I think for many years after that.  He played trumpet on the show but he had also been a trombone player  - just like Brett Barlow, the current Red Unit Bandleader.

I would hate to see the tradition become merely "history."
8  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Tight lips on: Yesterday at 02:50 PM
It's not an exercise, it's a concept and feeling.  You should not be pinching in ANY way or trying to make a buzz in whatever way is not letting air through.

The whole point is that the air MUST be able to pass through freely.  Otherwise it stops and you get no vibration and no sound.  When you start to understand the balance between freely blowing and getting a vibration going, then you'll be at a good starting point.  NEVER force air through, it should always flow through freely.  Pull your bottom lip in and blow down - with enough air flow, your top lip will start to vibrate and then you'll understand.

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For a low placement player, the sensation of blowing downward is actually pretty much the same.  It goes up in the mouthpiece, but the feeling is not really different.
9  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Tight lips on: Yesterday at 08:14 AM
Try these things:

Blow like you're blowing out a candle.

Now blow downward like you're trying to make the air hit your chin.

Now play like that, trying to hit your chin.  For most people, that will work.  Don't "try" to buzz, just get the feeling of freely blowing air downward.
10  Creation and Performance / The Business of Music / Re: Ringling folding, 800ish jobs gone on: Yesterday at 08:00 AM
I subbed a few shows for Megan recently.

They HAVE reinvented themselves since the last time I played it - I don't remember exactly when they changed from hiring locals to a self-contained band.  The music is very techno, no marches and gallops like before.

I thought it was an excellent show, very well received by the audience and was surprised at the low attendance.  Only one show looked close to sold out.  And ticket prices were very reasonable, I'm sure far too low to sustain it.

It's all not much different from the situation with orchestras.

Video games have changed the whole concept of entertainment. 

11  Creation and Performance / The Business of Music / Re: Ringling folding, 800ish jobs gone on: Jan 15, 2017, 08:59PM
Maybe Feld will buy it... that's one way to downsize.
12  Town Hall / Notices from TTF Members / Re: Now available for gigs! on: Jan 15, 2017, 01:12PM
Keep your eye out for the military band auditions.  I don't know much about you except you sounded fantastic on the recordings you gave me...  It's a worthwhile option, in addition to cruise gigs.
13  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Haven't Played since Middle School! on: Jan 14, 2017, 04:32PM
If the Scotchbright you're talking about really is the light gray ultra-fine grade use it, but not anything more coarse than that.  Take it to somebody good for the dent work.
14  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Pedal notes and altitude on: Jan 14, 2017, 08:27AM
If your embouchure is too open, air will pass through without starting your lips vibrating.   In a borderline inefficient setup like that, a small thing like air density due to altitude can make a difference.  This is related to the thread about tonguing between your teeth (which is really tonguing between your lips).  The reason people do that is because the lips are too open, and the tongue fills the gap to get a vibration started.  That works but it's not a good solution when the real problem is that the lips are too open.

15  Practice Break / Found on the 'Net / Re: Would this be worth it? on: Jan 12, 2017, 10:28PM
Yes
16  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Why the negativity? on: Jan 12, 2017, 05:38PM
I just love it when people mark in wrong accidentals - an altered note in the chord and they think it's wrong because it's dissonant.
17  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Airy tone on: Jan 12, 2017, 12:28AM
Some people's sound is airy up close.  Ignore it.
18  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Please listen and comment on my recording (take 2) on: Jan 10, 2017, 11:19PM
Very nice.  You really cleaned up the legato immediately.  
I would probably use a tiny bit more vibrato, but I like the speed and it all sounds great the way it is.
19  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Please listen and comment on my recording (take 2) on: Jan 10, 2017, 10:06PM
Even with a Google account I couldn't open it.
20  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Beginner needing mouthpiece advice on: Jan 10, 2017, 09:50PM
A small child with a small face should probably start on a small mouthpiece.  Consider not only the inside diameter, but the outside diameter is important to not be too big for the space available between the nose and chin. 12C is probably reasonable.
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