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1  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Pulled ab on: Yesterday at 08:40 PM
I have a single plug bass with a pulled E but none of my trombones have a pulled A flat.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Stewbones

I have a very long tuning slide on the Bb attachment to my Alto.  Maybe I can get a pulled Ab. :)

Meronek, I hope you are feeling a bit better.
2  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Trump's statement against racism on: Yesterday at 07:10 PM
Quite frankly, my issue with the Confederate Battle Flag and the statues is the type of people who seem to revere them.  Mostly thugs and lowlifes who we probably would be better off with them in the chains rather than owning them.

In fact, Lee had a distinguished career in the Army before the Civil War.  He was actually asked to lead the Union Army rather than Meade but he chose instead to go with the South.  Note that the Civil War in the South is called the War of Northern Aggression.  They feel that the war was started by the North trying to impose its will on them against its institution of Slavery

I'm a Northerner but my roots do not go back to then.  My family arrived in the Great Migration of 1870-1920.  I really don't have much of a dog in this fight except for my moral compass.
3  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Trump's statement against racism on: Yesterday at 06:44 PM
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The statues were mostly erected long after the civil war in a revisionist effort to rehabilitate the Southern cause to some kind of dignity. The Southern cause, which is now supported primarily by neo-Confederates, neo-Nazis, the president, and DDickerson, was slavery, plain and simple. The latter-day explanations of it are as disgusting as defending the gas chambers.

It's not Slavery in general but Black slavery.  Asians, Native Americans, and Whites were not placed in slavery (although this was common until the 18th Century).  The Southern institution was specifically based on African slaves.  And I can understand Americans of Black heritage being uncomfortable with any reference to it.
4  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Trump's statement against racism on: Yesterday at 06:36 PM
So you claim that these monuments are dog whistles for white supremacists?
5  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Trump's statement against racism on: Yesterday at 06:31 PM
Dickerson, I don't think any of us are supporters of Anti-FA.  Coming in and trying to incite violence is a poor idea from any side.

Are you trying to imply that Anti-Fa incited somebody to drive into a cluster of demonstrators?  I don't think so...
6  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Trump's statement against racism on: Yesterday at 05:43 PM
Someone explain this to POTUS before he talks about tearing down the statues of Washington or Jefferson again. Yes, they were slave owners and we should not forget this. But they were patriots.

To Southern Whites Lee, Davis, Jackson, Beuregard, etc. were also patriots.  Unfortunately for them they lost the fighting.

I understand that Black Americans find all references to the Confederacy as offensive.  But it's part of our history.  As much as Brown (founder of Brown University in Rhode Island) was a slave trader.  And Woodrow Wilson was anti-black.  It's all part of our history.  I think instead of pulling down the Lee statue we should instead erect some to Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Luther Burbank, and other distinguished Blacks.  They are all part of our history.
7  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Shires Tenor Components/Parts Buying Advice on: Yesterday at 05:35 PM
1G and 1Y were the original Shires bells.  I have a 1G on my Yamaha 682.  Medium weight, soldered rim.  Nice bell.  But there has been 20 years of innovation since then and maybe a different one would fit you better.
8  Creation and Performance / The Healthy Trombonist / Re: Pulled ab on: Yesterday at 03:23 PM
Uhhhhh I don't get it.  Don't know

The equivalent of a pun.  Maybe you would recognize it as "pulled Ab".
9  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Bone selection in quintet on: Yesterday at 12:38 PM
I use a Bach 36C in the F-attachment configuration.  Our tuba player is on a Conn 5J, which is pretty small (he's really a Euphonium player).  Blend is nice.

I'm not a fan of big tubas in Quintet.  It sounds like a tuba and 4 other players, not always in cooperation.  When I played tuba parts I played an F-tuba and discovered I blended better with whatever the trombone player was using (mostly a .547 with F).

I've seen a small straight horn used for the 3rd part (in place of a French Horn).  For some rep that actually works well; especially when the 5th part is played by a bass trombone.

Donald Knaub liked to play the 4th part on a single trigger bass trombone.  He claimed it worked better against a large tuba.

Net result: Use what's comfortable.
10  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Trump's statement against racism on: Yesterday at 10:10 AM
I don't think he's a Fascist sympathizer.  His viewpoint was set back in the 1960s, when we were both young and impressionable.

In the mid 1960's, Lyndon Johnson passed a bunch of Civil Rights laws that basically took the Dixiecrats (Southern Democrats in opposition to pro-Rights Republicans dating back to Reconstruction) over to the Republican Party in opposition to these new laws.

Dusty will support any  Republican in opposition to any  Democrat.

Note: any group hurling anything more than words at another is being inconsiderate -- Anti-FA, Neo-Nazi, KKK, Black Panther, you name it.  Charlottesville was a travesty from both sides.  And the locals didn't want these folks in either.
11  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Suggestions for fun bone solo with band on: Yesterday at 08:38 AM
I looked at Hickeys last night and I think I am going to shoot for Reflective Mood by Sammy Nestico.

Here's Scott Hartman making it look easy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5_2z2yx7os

There's another piece in that genre called "Persuasion".  I did it.  Not terribly difficult for band or soloist.
12  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Suggestions for fun bone solo with band on: Yesterday at 07:54 AM
I'm with you.  That's why I play the stuff I do.  There are lots of solos on BandMusicPDF.org that are easy but sound impressive.
13  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: What Trump's election means for the rest of the world on: Aug 15, 2017, 08:54PM
Yup.  At 7.7 million kmē you'd think your were a big enough target.

A lot easier to hit than Guam Evil
14  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Plating on the rotor casing on: Aug 15, 2017, 08:52PM
Not terribly likely.  Silver plating is less than one thousandth of an inch thick.  I doubt it would affect clearance (which is usually measured in thousandths -- more than one.
15  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: Suggestions for fun bone solo with band on: Aug 15, 2017, 07:43PM
Go to BandMusicPDF.org and find something called "Air Varie" (based on a 19th century tune called "The Old Home Down on the Farm") by Fred Harlow (I think it's a pen name for Henry Fillmore).  It's a Theme and Variation, but not difficult.  There is a spot where you do a downward scale going to low F.  I "play" with the band on this -- sometimes going VERY slow and sometimes with long gaps because they are supposed to play on top of the F.

If you don't have the solo part (not on BandMusicPDF) I can mail you a scan.
16  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: What is your Favorite orchestral piece to play? on: Aug 15, 2017, 10:54AM
Lots of favorites, played in a New Horizons Band Camp again this summer here in the NW. One piece was Victory at Sea, Bennett & Rogers arrangement, that'd always be on my list(s).  Love the Bass Trombone part at meas. 237-253 (Double triggers rule.) 

We did that in my orchestra one July 4th.  My friend, who has a very difficult low register, was playing 3rd (we swap off parts).  He referred to it as "Victory at Low D". ;-)
17  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Trump's statement against racism on: Aug 15, 2017, 10:52AM
What was that radical Leftist pro-Black church that DD said Obama was part of?  He claimed they wanted to elevate Blacks over Whites or something of the sort.

Talk about being paranoid!
18  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Trump's statement against racism on: Aug 14, 2017, 07:31PM
What's funny is that you don't see statues of Ngo Dinh Diem in the former South Vietnam; they put up statues of Ho Chi Minh (he was the leader of the victorious North).

Statues of Lee, Davis, and Jackson seem to date from the period when Reconstruction basically dissolved (late 1800s) and the guys who weren't too keen on Black Folks getting rights started revering the leaders of the revolt.

Arrowhead might want to also add a statue of Burgoyne and a statue of Mussolini to his collection as well Evil
19  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: 12 major scales in 2 octaves in 2 minutes? on: Aug 14, 2017, 04:34PM
Psst - C# major.  Same as Db major. :)
20  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Trump's statement against racism on: Aug 14, 2017, 12:25PM
I'd love to see DD come out and make a statement condemning white nationalism, but I won't hold my breath.

Please don't.  It makes it very hard to play :-P
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