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1  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Happy MLK Day on: Today at 09:48 AM
For our American members, today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  One of the great leaders of the Civil Rights movement.
2  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Trumpet player starting on the Pbone on: Jan 12, 2017, 04:40PM
Ah, well that complicates things again.
So, try all the Kings, Conns, and Yamahas. Got it :)

I got a mouthpiece today to replace the plastic Pbone mouthpiece. It's a Benge 12C.
Is that any good to start on? I saw someone mention that anything between a 6.5 and 12 was OK, but that was Bach measurements. I'm assuming those are the same as the ones from Benge?

I'm gonna play this one for a week or 2 (If I can stand the pbone for that long) and then take them to the store and try out some other horns.

And of course, Bach mouthpiece sizes go from large to small - a Bach 6.5 is larger than a Bach 12c
3  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: What Trump's election means for the rest of the world on: Jan 12, 2017, 01:44PM
Russ, don't  you understand?  It's perfectly fine to bash those lazy, no-good, liberal Democrats, but not those fine, upstanding, conservative Republicans.
4  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Trumpet player starting on the Pbone on: Jan 12, 2017, 09:52AM
The Conn Director is a beginner horn.  Olds Ambassadors have a good reputation.  The King 3b has a great reputation. I believe the Bundy is a beginner horn.  I think some of the models you have listed are alto trombones (I'm sure someone here can correct me.)  I've heard nothing but good things about Yamaha trombones. 
5  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: What Trump's election means for the rest of the world on: Jan 12, 2017, 06:15AM
Yup!!

But we're on a budget and are building it out of snow blocks. We have lots of snow.  We're hedging on Frump being impeached by April 1st.

The only time a president has been impeached has been when there was a Democratic president and a Republican congress.  I doubt that the Republicans will impeach one of their own.
6  Practice Break / Polls / Re: Diversity on TTF on: Jan 11, 2017, 10:01AM
I want to point out that this is a very diverse group here.  We have tenor trombone players, bass trombone players, alto trombone players, and even people who play lesser instruments.  ;-) ;-) ;-)
7  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: The election on: Jan 11, 2017, 07:26AM
Biden would have been a far better choice this time than Clinton, but this was his window. It is time for the Dems to re-build around the next generation. We Baby-boomers have wrought enough destruction on this country. Someone like Cory Booker, Harold Ford, or some new freah face needs to step upand take over the party. Wonder what the new Trump/ Russia compromise is going to turn into.


Easy - Welcome to the North American portion of the Russian Empire.
8  Practice Break / Polls / Re: What sports do we play? on: Jan 10, 2017, 02:20PM
Is Blackjack a sport?
9  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Jan 10, 2017, 01:14PM
Who knows?  With this congress and this president-elect, anything could happen.
10  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Trumpet player starting on the Pbone on: Jan 10, 2017, 06:17AM
Small bore is usually favored in Jazz settings.  Many people also find it easier to play in the high range with the smaller bore.  Large bore is mainly for orchestral work.  A medium bore tenor with f-attachment is a good all-around horn.

As for air, of the brass instruments, the trombone uses the most air.  I can sing about 8 measures in choir at my church easily.  I can play at most 4 measures of the same song on my trombone.  (Of course, I've had 3 bouts of pneumonia, so my lung capacity isn't what it used to be.)  When I started back on the trombone after a 20 year lay-off, I had problems with anything passed 4th position.  It took a while to be able to play a C in the staff.  I would definitely suggest long tones in the lower register.  They are very helpful.
11  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Trumpet player starting on the Pbone on: Jan 09, 2017, 11:56AM
Also, for a 1st trombone, you might consider a small or medium bore trombone instead of a large bore.
12  Creation and Performance / Trombonists / Joe Alessi Interview on: Jan 07, 2017, 07:53AM
Here is a link to an interview with Joe Alessi on Brass Chat - https://www.brasschats.com/interviews/joe-alessi
13  Practice Break / Polls / Re: What languages do we speak? on: Jan 04, 2017, 11:13AM
I speak fluent East Texan and American is my second language.
14  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Bunker 2017 on: Jan 02, 2017, 06:34PM
One thing I've learned - things can always get worse.
15  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Bunker 2017 on: Jan 01, 2017, 08:45AM
Happy New Years! 
16  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / William Christopher has passed away on: Dec 31, 2016, 08:47PM
William Christopher, who played Fr. Mulcahy on M*A*S*H, passed away earlier today.
17  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Bunker 2016 on: Dec 30, 2016, 07:14AM
Just dropping in to say goodbye to Bunker 2016.  Looking forward to all the new furnishings of Bunker 2017!  Happy New Year everyone!
18  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Debbie Reynolds has passed away on: Dec 28, 2016, 07:49PM
Debbie Reynolds passed away tonight
19  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Confused on: Dec 28, 2016, 02:47PM
You don't have to do a thorough cleaning after each time you play.  Drain the water, wipe down the outside of the horn, clean the mouthpiece, done.
20  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Articulations in low register on: Dec 28, 2016, 01:11PM
Do you have a trombone method book?  If not I would suggest getting the Remington Warm-ups.  Another good book would be the Buddy Baker Trombone Book.  Both are available at Hickeys. 

Also, try doing long tones as low as you can go.  You should see improvement after a few weeks.
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