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1  Teaching & Learning / Composition, Arranging and Theory / Re: How to arrange on: Mar 27, 2015, 06:07PM
I think a good notation software program (Sibelius, Finale, etc.) would be a great help.

You can enter the melodies, chords and chord progressions you have in your mind, and the program will play it to you with the (more or less synthetical) sound of the instruments you have chosen. If you - like me - have a knowledge of chord progressions but can't play them on a keyboard in real time, this is what helps you to hear what your ideas will sound like in reality. I can only recommend it.

2  Creation and Performance / Musical Miscellany / Re: Harmonica and Trombone Embouchures interfering on: Mar 24, 2015, 07:00PM
I played the harmonica for about 4 weeks, trying to learn tunes and get my head around the whole sucking, blowing and what to do with the tongue.
I had hardly played any trombone during this time as band was on a summer break.
When band started up again, I found I had a range of an octave and the tone of a learner.
It took me 6 weeks of practise to get back to where I was.

I've had a similar, though not that devastating, experience trying to play mouth organ (a Hohner Larry Adler model, by the way). It's totally different from a brass embouchure and it seems to exhaust the muscles around the mouth in no time. One must have tried it to feel it. On the other hand I have no problem switching to flute and back. There's a synergy there, with regard to the trombone embouchure. Recorder doesn't require much strength of the lips and does not interfere with a brass embouchure IMHO.
3  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Note duration - is this possible? on: Mar 23, 2015, 04:09PM
On a staff, I have an F# below middle C ...

You didn't ask for this explicitely, but it makes a difference whether you're playing high or low. An octave higher you'll need less air; an octave lower you'll need more.
4  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Hesitancy to start again... on: Mar 23, 2015, 03:56PM
I tried to play again recently, and, even though I knew it'd be rough, the shock of hearing how I sound now really hit me hard.

That's what happens to me when I get back to playing after two weeks of vacation...   :cry:

Don't be too hard on yourself. Give yourself a fair chance. You made it then, you'll make it again.

All the best!
5  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Trombone Shepherd's Crooks and Golf Ball Bells on: Mar 16, 2015, 11:42PM
As far as I know, Olds never made any claim as to it improving the sound.

Is it your impression that the hammering does have an effect on the sound/response, "because of" e.g the material being denser/harder?
6  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Any advantage to dual bore slide? on: Mar 15, 2015, 04:43AM
These are some threads that may interest you.

Single bore? Dual bore?

dual bore vs single bore slides of relatively small trombones

dual bore bass trombones

Single or Dual bore Bass slides??

dual bore trombones

Dual bore jazz horns

"conical trombone"

Sometimes it's better to search Google directly, limiting the search to the site tromboneforum.org.

In this case I used
"single dual bore site:tromboneforum.org"

Have fun!

7  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Trombone Shepherd's Crooks and Golf Ball Bells on: Mar 14, 2015, 05:14PM
Peening the bell might be useful if the trombone is going to get more distance in say a trebuchet contest.

You're a golfer?
8  Creation and Performance / Performance / Re: me playing When You Wish Upon a Star on: Mar 14, 2015, 04:57PM
I like your vibrato. As for phrasing and breathing, I found for myself that it's good to follow the lyrics of a song, e.g.
"When you wish upon a star (breath)
Makes no difference who you are (breath)
Anything your heart desires (no breath if possible) Will come to you"
IMHO, listening to good singers is a very good guidance for phrasing melodies.
Keep it up, all the best!  Good!
9  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Pedagogical Myths on: Mar 14, 2015, 04:11PM
I thought these were supposed to be pedagogical myths? Are we just including trombone/music related myths of all kinds?
Why not.  Good!  After all, everything can be taught; repairs, reading music, etc.

So, if this thread is not strictly related to 'pedagocical' myths, I'll offer another one for your kind consideration  :D :  "Don't give a beginner a good quality instrument, because it's intonation will be spoilt."  Clever
10  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Counterweights on straight tenors on: Mar 12, 2015, 03:57PM
I like the way Holton and Martin used to do it.  They didn't use counterweights. (In most cases. There were a couple of exceptions) The brace in the tuning slide was solid. that took the place of a counterweight.

You're right - esthetically this is a beautiful solution. With regard to the overall balance of the horn, however, it's not different from a conventional counterweight.
11  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Crack in 2b on: Mar 12, 2015, 01:09PM
...put a patch over it, on the outside of the bell.

Is there a reason why not on the inside? Would not take up more volume than a shallow ding.
12  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: Counterweights on straight tenors on: Mar 12, 2015, 04:25AM
The weight of the bell causes a torque to the left of the supporting (left) hand. In order to counteract, the counterweight should ideally be on the right side of the goooseneck, somewhere behind the head. The conventional placement of counterweights in fact increases the torque.
13  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Something to mess around with on: Mar 10, 2015, 05:08AM
How about a mouth organ / blues harp ? Can sound fantastic.
14  Teaching & Learning / Beginners and Returning Trombonists / Re: Very very very cheap trombones. on: Mar 08, 2015, 12:48PM
...as someone completely new to trombones I don't know what to be careful of when buying, so I risk getting a trombone with problems that only become evident when I get better at the instrument.

You're absolutely right with this! Do you know someone with the necessary expertise who might advise you when decisions need to be made? I'm sure it would be a pleasure for any serious trombone player to help a young colleague.
15  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Trombones on: Feb 12, 2015, 01:28PM
Does she have a teacher whom you could secrectly ask what might suit her?
16  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: mouthpiece for vintage Conn 4H on: Feb 06, 2015, 02:43PM
I have four 4Hs, from 1923, 1925, 1929, and 1946. No problems with normal mouthpiece shanks. Like the others said, there seems to be something wrong with your receiver.
17  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Instruments / Re: Old trombones on: Jan 31, 2015, 05:35PM
Hi all, I'm looking to buy a 1920s/30s trombone...

You may get best advice if you tell us why you want a trombone from that period. What's your expectation, your desire?
18  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Repairs, Modifications and Maintenance / Re: keeping your horn on a stand on: Jan 29, 2015, 03:47PM
People use copper, brass and bronze in plumbing for a reason...

Since I found out that distilleries and breweries use copper equipment and tubings, I don't worry either...
19  Horns, Gear, and Equipment / Mouthpieces / Re: Mouthpiece keeps getting stuck!! on: Jan 26, 2015, 12:08PM
...get the receiver hot by pouring warm water over it...

The idea is good, just watch out. Hot water may cause the laquer to flake off...
20  Practice Break / Found on the 'Net / Re: Getzen "The Dude" on: Jan 23, 2015, 12:44PM
Might have suited Liberace, had he played trombone.
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