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1  Town Hall / Notices from TTF Members / Re: Who is going to the 2017 International Trombone Festival?? on: Today at 12:25 AM
Yes, pretty much everything I make will be available to try.  I'm short on a few things.
2  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: On Mouthpiece Buzzing on: Today at 12:16 AM
My sister cannot buzz her lips at all, much less can she buzz while the ends of her lips are pinched.

Trying to buzz with pinched lips is a good way to guarantee failure.
3  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Brand loyalty (?) on: Yesterday at 04:01 PM
One good reason for brand loyalty is that the intonation and slide positions are usually fairly consistent with one brand's design concept.  When you switch brands you have to relearn everything and it's hard to go back and forth between horns when the positions are in different places.

I bought one if my Schmelzers from somebody who couldn't deal with how different it was.
4  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: On Mouthpiece Buzzing on: Yesterday at 12:43 PM
In my travels to the ITF right now, We just stopped north of Cambria at the elephant seal viewing area.  I counted about 80 of them on the beach and in the water.

Their vocalizations seem like about 4 hz and it sounds like about a C or D to me.  Some of them are lower and I might identifying the "pitch" as a G below.  I never really thought about low pitches like that before.
5  Town Hall / Notices from TTF Members / Re: Who is going to the 2017 International Trombone Festival?? on: Jun 25, 2017, 09:41PM
I will be there, as almost always... I've only missed 3 in the entire history of ITW-ITF. 

I was planning on stopping in Tucson and Phoenix after ITF, but I will definitely reconsider if it stays as hot as it's been lately.
6  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: Doug Elliott lessons and masterclasses across the US on: Jun 24, 2017, 02:14AM
Let me know also where you'll be in SF
Contact me by PM, email, or phone.  Sunday morning is the only time I can be available.
7  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: Doug Elliott lessons and masterclasses across the US on: Jun 24, 2017, 02:09AM
Late to this party ... Have you been through San Francisco yet? Will you be?
I could stop by your place on Sunday afternoon if you want.  You're right on my route out.
8  Classified Advertisements / Classified Advertisements / Re: Doug Elliott lessons and masterclasses across the US on: Jun 23, 2017, 05:36PM
Heading there right now...  I'll PM you.
9  Town Hall / Notices from TTF Members / Re: Doug Elliott in the NW next few days on: Jun 19, 2017, 04:03PM
Fantastic.  I've been all of the country before on various tours, and even drove a car from Fairbanks AK to DC once. But this is covering a lot of ground  and a huge variety of scenery, and I get to break it up with days of teaching which I really enjoy. 

In Montana/Wyoming we drove the Beartooth Highway both directions.
10  Town Hall / Notices from TTF Members / Re: Doug Elliott in the NW next few days on: Jun 19, 2017, 02:59PM
Well at least the days of the week are right... Heading for Ellensburg now.

Eating lunch in Moses Lake, I'll wave to Euph as we leave....
11  Town Hall / Notices from TTF Members / Doug Elliott in the NW next few days on: Jun 18, 2017, 11:06PM
I will be doing some teaching in Washington and Oregon the next few days on my drive to the ITF.

Monday afternoon and evening 6/20 Central Washington University, Ellensburg WA (and Tuesday morning)
Tuesday evening 6/21  in the Seattle area
Wednesday evening 6/22 in Portland OR (and maybe Thursday too)

If you are in those areas, want a lesson and have not already expressed interest, please send me a message.


After that the next location is to be determined in the San Francisco / San Jose area, on Sunday 6/25 early in the day.

After ITF my itinerary (so far) includes San Diego, Tucson, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Kansas City.
12  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: medium bore question/information on: Jun 17, 2017, 07:52AM
There was recently a discussion of the large shank vs. 36.  It's quite a lot of modification involved, not as simple as replacing the leadpipe.
13  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: On Mouthpiece Buzzing on: Jun 17, 2017, 06:25AM
Here's how I look at it, in a bit simplistic way that applies to most embouchure but not all.

A GREAT balanced freebuzz is more correct than the way you play on the horn.  So instead of looking at it as "the buzz is different than the way you play" look at it as "the way you play is different than the way you buzz" so the goal is to make the "play" equal the "buzz."

This is a great way to improve your embouchure, not just do it "for fun" or as something to wonder about.

The hard part is figuring out the "GREAT balanced buzz" configuration, and that is what I do in lessons.  It's impossible to describe in words because it's usually many small adjustments, and it changes (needs to change) as you develop.

Freebuzzing really is much like weightlifting, in that form is of ultimate importance and a very small amount goes a long way. 
14  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: medium bore question/information on: Jun 17, 2017, 06:11AM
Shires makes a large shank .525 bore horn and it works very well for that.

If you want to play a small shank horn like a 36B (or smaller), my mouthpiece system is totally designed to be able to use your rim size on various different cups and shank sizes to be comfortable on any size horn.
15  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: On Mouthpiece Buzzing on: Jun 16, 2017, 06:50PM
I don't buzz on the mouthpiece and I think in most cases there are more productive ways to spend your time, both on the horn and freebuzzing, but Lindberg's logic is flawed.  If you watch very carefully, he changes his chops and that's the real reason his "demonstration" doesn't work.
16  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: How to get rid of the mildew odor? on: Jun 16, 2017, 04:49PM
I successfully got rid of mildew by putting a case in the hot attic for an entire summer.

I've tried less drastic measures with no success at all.  Soaking with several bottles of 91% alcohol, many days in the sun... No difference, mildew still obvious.  I dumped it.
17  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Thyroid problem on: Jun 16, 2017, 07:18AM
I had a cat who developed an overactive thyroid when he was 12 years old.  After doing the medication for a while we had the radioactive iodine treatment which brought his levels to absolutely normal.

Do they do that for people?
18  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: What Trump's election means for the rest of the world on: Jun 13, 2017, 10:17PM
Maybe by accident?  I unlocked it.
19  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Does a 1.01 rim take away from a good .500 to .508 horn on: Jun 13, 2017, 09:45PM
Try an ST 101. 
20  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Embouchure Change questions? on: Jun 11, 2017, 06:43PM
Success with a change isn't just a matter of practice.  It really depends on whether your face is capable of functioning in the new way.
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