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1  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Trying out Shires trombones, need advice on: Today at 04:38 PM
Update: I've ended up with one banger of a horn

Was it what you expected to buy or something a little different?

Congratulations and I hope you really enjoy playing it.
2  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Trouble with flexibility on: Today at 09:17 AM
I always thought that flex exercises were supposed to be done without the tongue.

Depends on the teacher (and sometimes the student).  I've known teachers who advocate tonguing them first and then slurring them.
3  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Today at 09:13 AM
Why would it cost us money to close something?

You have to pay the Sheriff who comes by with the enforcement documents, the court that issues them, etc.  Otherwise, anybody can open any kind of business and do anything they want.  I know you agree with this most times, but there seem to be a couple of businesses you don't want to support.
4  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: Trombone concertos/solos on: Today at 09:05 AM
While I'm at it, my friend Ed Madden (fine trombonist and composer of "A Colonial Rhapsody") has a trombone solo based on the Berceuse from Jocelyn.  You can get it directly from him at Coach Lane Music:

Edward J Madden
15435 North Cabrillo Drive
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Sorry, I don't have a phone number.  I believe Ed is a member of the Forum, though.

The piece itself is quite lyrical and not terribly difficult.  I did it with the Hollis Town Band (with Ed playing trombone in back of me).
5  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Trouble with flexibility on: Today at 08:55 AM
I also do my lip flexibilities with no tongue, but when I'm playing I use this light "legato" tongue, even for clean arpeggios.
6  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: AR Resonance Mouthpieces on: Today at 08:48 AM
For those interested, Antonio has enrolled as a member so you can send him messages.  I hope he chimes in soon.  I'm also interested in what is coming.
7  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: Trombone concertos/solos on: Today at 08:43 AM
I'm partial to the Saint-Saens Cavatine.  He also wrote a Morceau de Concert that is a favorite of horn players which I like.

I'm also partial to the Mozart Horn Concertos.  You can make them impossibly hard, especially in the cadenzas, but in many cases the basic piece works pretty well.  Nos 2, 3, and 4 are for Horn in Eb so you can read the music (bring it up an octave to match tessitura).  No. 1 is for Horn in D which means you need to read alto clef.
8  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: High Register, whisper g closed teeth and other "cheats" on: Today at 08:40 AM
I haven't done Maggio (although I suppose it is good).  I used Remington, long tones, and Caruso-like exercises (note that I only recently learned the real thing and discovered that I may have been doing parts of it for years).

There's more than one way to skin this cat, although I don't like to use the word "cheats".  Only real cheat I know of is to use a very small mouthpiece.  Lets the high notes out, but destroys the low ones.
9  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Today at 08:36 AM
The reason to tax is where the rub is. Apparently, you haven't gotten to that part yet.

So you are OK with paying taxes to buy trillion dollar airplanes and to close abortion clinics but not for providing medical coverage for all of us?
10  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Trouble with flexibility on: Today at 08:34 AM
You can download and use it.  It's on IMSLP (look under Herbert Lincoln Clarke, and books).

A lot of the stuff we learn as trombone players was originally developed for the Cornet back in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

I was taught to use a light tongue all the time and I even carried it over to my valved brass (euphonium and tuba).  I don't like relying on a mechanical device like a valve to do my articulations.  I know someone who uses hard tonguing to do all his flexibility exercises and he really sounds crude.

11  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Yesterday at 05:01 PM
Who gets to decide who 'needs' what? That's tyranny. I choose to stay with Liberty and Freedom over tyranny.

In my view, taxes should be flat for everybody. Period. No scales, no loop holes. Progressive scales are regressive in reality.



You have some really odd ideas about "Liberty" and "Freedom".

I think a "flat tax" is actually more regressive.

Suppose you have a minimum wage job at $7.50 per hour.  You probably can barely pay rent, buy food, and maybe an odd stitch of clothing at the Goodwill.  You can't really afford to pay 15% of it in taxes.

On the other hand, if you get $150 an hour, and have similar expenses, you can easily afford rent, food, clothing, etc. and have a lot more left over.  You could pay 40% in taxes and still be able to live comfortably.

The idea of the graduated tax scale is that those who earn more can more easily afford to pay.
12  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Trouble with flexibility on: Yesterday at 04:16 PM
You may be trying to shift embouchures between the notes.  This is a recipe for failure.  Your teacher should be able to give you some exercises to help.  Some suggestions:

1.  Lip flexibilities, especially skipping partials: low Bb-"tuning" Bb-F-D-Bb-F-High Bb and down.  In all 7 positions.

2.  If you have Arban's, look at the interval studies.

If all you want to do is the Hungarian March excerpt, try playing that interval in different keys and different positions.
13  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Trying out Shires trombones, need advice on: Yesterday at 04:11 PM
Put your trust in the guy who is helping you select your instrument.  Have the following in mind:

1.  What are you playing now?
2.  What do you like about it?
3.  What don't you like about it?

There are an awful lot of variations, and you may not even be able to see the difference between some options.  If this is the case, go with the most common option and leave the heavy customization for when you have developed a more sophisticated palate.

Consider the Q series, which are "most popular options".  Especially if you aren't a seasoned player.
14  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Olds Recording R20 from "Los Angeles" era? on: Yesterday at 02:51 PM
Ambassador "bass" was yellow brass.  Wish they had one with a Bronz-O-Lyte bell

Have a friend with a SuperStar with F.  His is silver plate as well.  That's a sample size of 2.
15  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Olds Recording R20 from "Los Angeles" era? on: Yesterday at 02:17 PM
I had a Los Angeles Ambassador with F, which is basically the same instrument but "stripped down".  It didn't say "A-20" anywhere.  If they could offer an Ambassador with F from LA, no reason they couldn't do a SuperStar or Recording.
16  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Older beginning trombonist on: Yesterday at 11:27 AM
One of the important things about this hobby is that we generally play in groups.  When you do that you need to fit in or they won't accept you.  So you may have developed your own sound on your own, but if you don't sound like a trombone and you want to get into a group they probably won't want you.

Teachers generally train you to get an acceptable sound that matches with others.

Now if all you want is to play in your basement for yourself, have at it.
17  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Oct 18, 2017, 01:40PM
Doesn't matter whether they are Cabinet Level or worker bees.  All Government related business is subject to a Records Act and must be done on a Government computer system.  

Personal items are supposed to be kept OFF of Government computers.

It's a tough line to walk; especially if your definition of Government related business is different from somebody else's.
18  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Oct 18, 2017, 11:51AM
...

Of course, you people defended Hillary for her comments and lies to the family of the people that died in Benghazi. She was spectacular with her "What does it matter?", and you people were OK with that. LOL!

I wasn't OK with Hillary lying.  I was more sanguine when you put words in her mouth, though.  She did not intentionally use a private e-mail for Government business -- there were all of 6 messages out of 30,000 that qualified as Confidential, and they were not so marked.  I did not believe that she caused Benghazi; she reacted to a call at 3 AM without being able to find out the actual situation.  What really contributed to the tragedy in Benghazi was the Republican Congress cutting back funds for additional troops for embassy defense.  Also, what the Republicans claimed was actually as far of the mark as what Hillary claimed.  Neither of you were actually right.  But the Republicans kept pushing their side.

I think Trump is probably the worst President we've had since James Buchanan.  And he was a Mugwump.
19  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Oct 18, 2017, 09:36AM
Trump has the delicacy and tact of one of the bulldozers on his construction projects.  He leaves a trail of gaffes and untruths.  And he's just as tactful in his business dealings where his word is as good as that roll of paper in the bathroom.
20  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Bolero! on: Oct 18, 2017, 09:33AM
I just pity those two snare drummers who have to play the same bar for 15 minutes. ;-)

Note: the piece runs around q=60 and it's 3 beats to the measure so you play 20 measures per minute or 300 measures in the piece.  Not only that, but you have to match the other guy as well.
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