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by StevenC
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 69
Views: 4134

Re: The Bunker

Oh yeah, we had a late gig at a barbecue. We went out and played what we could play without sheet music. Unfortunately, we didn't have percussion, and recruited from the audience. It was in keeping with the spirit of the gig. We had a pair of claves, an egg shaker and a kind of double cowbell thing....
by StevenC
Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 69
Views: 4134

Re: The Bunker

Fourth of July in Rosendale, NY starts the way it usually does. A cross section of town residents, onstage in Rosendale Theater, read the Declaration of Independence. This year the follow-up reading was by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Then the band plays. This year we played some funked up version of "Am...
by StevenC
Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 64
Views: 2634

Re: What we're doing

My wife says any trombone sounds like a truck horn. I practice in my garage. This is what it's like. It's 13 degrees cooler inside the house. Your wife should be more supportive. Tell her I said so. I am lucky in this respect. Not only does my wife tolerate all the trombone playing that goes on in ...
by StevenC
Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 64
Views: 2634

Re: What we're doing

A few weeks into the Summer Band season, we seem to have stabilized at five trombones. I'm having my daughter play first, because it is good for her and good for the band. When we have our first concert, because of a conflict we'll be down to a three trombones. Perfect, except I'll have to play thir...
by StevenC
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 64
Views: 2634

Re: What we're doing

MrHCinDE wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:22 pm
Strangely, my dog quite likes to come and listen, not sure about the neighbours though.
My cat hates trombone, and hates alto trombone most of all. He even runs away from video recordings of alto trombone.
by StevenC
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:24 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 64
Views: 2634

Re: What we're doing

With brother, sisters, wife, in-laws and children, we are 4 violins (one of which possibly viola), 1 cello, 1 double bass, 1 piano, 1 flute, 1 saxophone, 2 trumpets and 1 trombone (me). The other ones (except the children) are professional musicians, I chose a different career path but it's lots of...
by StevenC
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 64
Views: 2634

Re: What we're doing

henrikbe wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:06 am
Nothing upcoming at the moment, though, but my parents are celebrating their 70 years birthdays this weekend, so I'll join the rest of my family on "Waltz nr 2" from Suite for Variety Orchestra by Shostakovich.
Hey, this is cool! What instruments does your family band have?
by StevenC
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: I need help to stop coasting!
Replies: 18
Views: 847

Re: I need help to stop coasting!

greenbean wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:41 pm
How about a year of lessons with a top symphony player?
Yes. I know some very high level players who moved to Cleveland for this purpose. OP is already there (I think).
by StevenC
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Favorite Mouthpieces?
Replies: 41
Views: 2127

Re: Favorite Mouthpieces?

Where’s the best place to buy them?? I know most people have probably been gathering for awhile but it sounds like people have sunk thousands of dollars into mouthpieces. Is there a cheap place I just haven’t heard of? I have bought mouthpieces from Hickey's and Dillon's. They have good selection, ...
by StevenC
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments
Replies: 23
Views: 1027

Re: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments

timothy42b wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:29 am
- this very affordable instrument could go the way of pro level string instruments.
Having seen cello bows that cost more than a really nice trombone, I don't see this happening.
by StevenC
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 64
Views: 2634

Re: What we're doing

This time of year, my main playing transitions from a couple of college+community orchestras to the Legion Band, which is actually a pretty decent wind ensemble. The longtime director of Legion Band moved away a few years ago (and subsequently died). We do not have a permanent replacement. Our curre...
by StevenC
Thu May 31, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 69
Views: 4134

Re: The Bunker

timothy42b wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 8:43 am
Community bands in my area have tended to be older, white, and male, but that's changing a bit. I played with a different group last night and they were on average younger.
The groups around here tend to have pretty good age and gender diversity. It's good for the group.
by StevenC
Mon May 28, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 69
Views: 4134

Re: The Bunker

At our Memorial Day parade today, the two bands were positioned too close together. This made for some Ivesian moments.
by StevenC
Sun May 27, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!
Replies: 35
Views: 1460

Re: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!

The musician in me suggests it's too bad that Artie Shaw got burned out on music and left it to become a writer. The dude was a ridiculous clarinetist with a great band. But, we all have to forge our own paths in our lives. He really was not cut out to be a pop star. I listen to Gramercy five recor...
by StevenC
Wed May 23, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 44
Views: 1827

Re: Tenor horn

I guess this would be similar to comparing a flugelhorn and a trumpet. The flugelhorn being more "roundish". Some call it a "darker" sound. Does the flugelhorn's tubing increase in size throughout like the euphonium? Yes. The bore of a flugelhorn is more conical than the bore of a cornet, which is ...
by StevenC
Sun May 20, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Reminder: Shires Factory Day is Friday, Saturday, May 18, 19
Replies: 4
Views: 445

Re: Reminder: Shires Factory Day is Friday, Saturday, May 18, 19

Oh, I meant to say, the showroom in the new location is acoustically lively. To me this makes the trombones sound great, and the trumpets sound painful. Maybe it's just me.
by StevenC
Sat May 19, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Reminder: Shires Factory Day is Friday, Saturday, May 18, 19
Replies: 4
Views: 445

Re: Reminder: Shires Factory Day is Friday, Saturday, May 18, 19

I had a great time at Shires factory day today. After more of a master class on breathing, than group warm-up, I took a tour of their lovely, new factory. After Q and A with Steve Shires, I had plenty of time to try instruments. I liked the Q series instrument I played, though there are certainly Sh...
by StevenC
Sat May 19, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Reminder: Shires Factory Day is Friday, Saturday, May 18, 19
Replies: 4
Views: 445

Re: Reminder: Shires Factory Day is Friday, Saturday, May 18, 19

bassbone wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 9:25 pm
Wish I was closer to check out their new location!
There was a father and son there today who were from further away than you. Son bought a trombone.
by StevenC
Fri May 18, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: New Horn: Monke F contra
Replies: 16
Views: 1263

Re: New Horn: Monke F contra

ə. There are a few ways to do it, including copy and paste.
by StevenC
Fri May 18, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: New Horn: Monke F contra
Replies: 16
Views: 1263

Re: New Horn: Monke F contra

ə. There are a few ways to do it, including copy and paste.
by StevenC
Wed May 16, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Reminder: Shires Factory Day is Friday, Saturday, May 18, 19
Replies: 4
Views: 445

Reminder: Shires Factory Day is Friday, Saturday, May 18, 19

https://www.seshires.com/factoryday

Shires has a whole lot going on this weekend at their new Holliston, Massachusetts location. I'm hoping to get there on Saturday. I am looking forward to it.
by StevenC
Wed May 16, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Building a Sound Concept - Is there a "too early"?
Replies: 27
Views: 1257

Re: Building a Sound Concept - Is there a "too early"?

Expose your student to a variety of good trombone players (including yourself). This will help the student develop a sound concept. I know it gave my daughter a running start, way back when she started. If you want to do more explicit activities, play some trombone music for your student and have th...
by StevenC
Tue May 15, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Rath R10, immaculate - SOLD
Replies: 3
Views: 404

Re: FS: Rath R10, immaculate

Neo Bri wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 2:16 pm
I envy.
Why envy when you can buy?
by StevenC
Thu May 03, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: What else do you play??
Replies: 9
Views: 678

Re: What else do you play??

For most of my life, I've noodled and dabbled with any instrument available to me. Non-musicians are impressed. Low brass are the only instruments that I am willing to work to play them usefully. I suppose I might also say hand percussion. This gives me something to do in pop bands when trombone doe...
by StevenC
Tue May 01, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: COURTOIS NEW YORK series LAUNCH
Replies: 7
Views: 715

Re: COURTOIS NEW YORK series LAUNCH

Oh man, that's Friday. If it were Saturday, I'd hop on a train.
by StevenC
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Event: Posuane Decuple 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 489

Re: Event: Posuane Decuple 2018

Back in the '80s, I briefly lived near Bryn Athyn. I can assure you, nothing this cool ever happened back then.
by StevenC
Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Event: Posuane Decuple 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 489

Re: Event: Posuane Decuple 2018

Mikebmiller wrote:
Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:00 pm
Sounds like a pretty good pick-up band.
I think a battle of the bones would have been pretty cool: New York versus Philadelphia. Was Jim Nova the only player from Pittsburgh there?
by StevenC
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Event: Posuane Decuple 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 489

Re: Event: Posuane Decuple 2018

When I heard about this program, it sounded almost too good to be true. I'm glad you got to be there.
by StevenC
Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: NO jazz fest
Replies: 4
Views: 513

Re: NO jazz fest

BGuttman wrote:
Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:14 pm

You are describing modern popular music. Lots of gee-tars and lots of singers. Add piano, drums, and a bass gee-tar and you have the ensemble.
Pop music hasn't been guitar dominated in years.
by StevenC
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Annie Whitehead
Replies: 1
Views: 376

Re: Annie Whitehead

Her website http://www.earthmusic.com/annie.htm is not very active or current, but it's a start. She's been teaching and playing. You might want to check out Penguin Cafe Orchestra.
by StevenC
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: College decision...
Replies: 28
Views: 1426

Re: College decision...

I guess my daughter's decision to go to Oberlin was similar to Largobone's. Her decision basically came down to Oberlin and one other school. Conservatory versus conservatory, Oberlin was not a slam dunk, but everything else pointed to Oberlin. She's happy, but stressed, like any college student. Ne...
by StevenC
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What is rose brass?
Replies: 21
Views: 822

Re: What is rose brass?

Neo Bri wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:27 am

I think red brass is pretty, though. And that's something.
and it's something that affects how you think about the instrument. If I were to do a blind test, my brain would be on overdrive trying to figure out what I am testing. Maybe some of you could test more dispassionately.
by StevenC
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Good, Change of Pace Rehearsal
Replies: 4
Views: 467

Re: Good, Change of Pace Rehearsal

PhilipEdCarlson wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:16 am
Hearing it from the orchestra can shed a different light than from the professor.
Oh yes. You could see that hearing their music performed was a big deal. I was glad to be part of that.
by StevenC
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Good, Change of Pace Rehearsal
Replies: 4
Views: 467

Good, Change of Pace Rehearsal

In one of the orchestras I play, we had a reasonably entertaining rehearsal last night. We played works from an undergraduate orchestration class. Apparently, the students have trouble imagining four low brass parts. Often there were just two trombone parts, and sometimes a bass trombone or tuba par...
by StevenC
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 69
Views: 4134

Re: The Bunker

Jhereg wrote:
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:03 pm
if I had health insurance I'd see a psychologist.
My county offers many types of low-cost counseling for low income residents. Maybe yours does too.
by StevenC
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 69
Views: 4134

Re: The Bunker

Yeah, I know what you mean. My boyfriend went to Berklee, and they have a strong emphasis on electronic music and software that has enabled him to find good full time work even when gigs are scarce. He teaches Ableton and Finale and such. I was never even introduced to those things during my educat...
by StevenC
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 69
Views: 4134

Re: The Bunker

In a reasonably long, reasonably successful career, I have found job searching to be a soul crushing experience. The ability to get a job, and the ability to do a job do not seem to be well correlated. (Tim no doubt has statistics to support or refute this.) I remember back in the '80s, applying for...
by StevenC
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Trombone Materials
Replies: 31
Views: 2651

Re: Trombone Materials

Matt K wrote:
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:09 pm

I know Rath has bronze stuff... something like 80% copper, 10% zinc, 10% tin or something to that effect?
Olds Supers had bronze bells, and Reynolds, of course, had their "Bronze-o-lyte". I never knew the numbers, but if it is bronze, it should be copper alloyed with tin.
by StevenC
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New Case for a Plane Ride
Replies: 7
Views: 504

Re: New Case for a Plane Ride

ObsessedTrombonist333 wrote:
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:15 pm
I’m looking at being there both Friday and Saturday, hoping it’ll be a fun break from school!
I'm thinking of going there on Saturday. Friday sounds great, but I don't know that I can justify the day off.
by StevenC
Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New Case for a Plane Ride
Replies: 7
Views: 504

Re: New Case for a Plane Ride

Flying with a trombone is pretty good these days. If there is not room in an overhead, they will put it in some onboard closet. We haven't had to check a trombone in years.

Are you looking at being there Friday or Saturday?
by StevenC
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: High schooler looking at music schools
Replies: 8
Views: 455

Re: High schooler looking at music schools

I've known a few people who went to both. I know that CMU also has good public infrastructure and is conveniently located to housing and Heinz Hall via bus. Evidently you can live there fairly easily without access to a car, or so Iv'e been told. I know less about Duquense. Duquesne is walking dist...
by StevenC
Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: High schooler looking at music schools
Replies: 8
Views: 455

Re: High schooler looking at music schools

Duquesne and CMU would definitely be on my list if I were in PA. CMU is a relatively prestigious school and so a degree from there, especially a double major or even a minor in something else would go probably a little farther than other schools. We visited both schools while daughter was on the PO...
by StevenC
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: High schooler looking at music schools
Replies: 8
Views: 455

Re: High schooler looking at music schools

There are plenty of good instrumental programs within reasonable distance of you. I would include Pennsylvania state schools in your search (main campus and others) to increase your financial flexibility.
by StevenC
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 69
Views: 4134

Re: The Bunker

Neo Bri wrote:
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:14 pm
StevenC wrote:
Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:39 pm

Me? My professional life makes me feel like it's time to move on again. I'd love to talk about it, but probably not in a public forum. I'm too young to retire, but too old to start a new career.
I know how you feel.
Don't know. At 98, I'd think you've earned a good retirement.
by StevenC
Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 69
Views: 4134

Re: The Bunker

I hope your daughter and nephew get an education reflective of current trends. Many industries have had to go through this kind of drastic change...I'm sure with the right training they'll be just fine! I don't know how reflective of current trends conservatory education tends to be, but I also don...
by StevenC
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 69
Views: 4134

Re: Burnt

In other news. I think it's time to admit I've burnt out on being a musician. I'm sorry to hear this, but glad you made your way here to tell us. I expect music will somehow continue to be a significant part of your life. My daughter and nephew are both performance majors. Who knows what the future...
by StevenC
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Doubling
Replies: 36
Views: 1822

Re: Doubling

I've had to play bass sometimes on a Bach 36. Pretty fun, actually. My "bass" is a Holton TR-183. I like using my tenor mouthpiece with it and playing it as a tenor. Being small for a bass, this works pretty well. I haven't done this lately, but there are things I really like about this setup. Now ...
by StevenC
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Doubling
Replies: 36
Views: 1822

Re: Doubling

I'm pretty much the opposite. I play tenor, but I have a bass to play and don't turn down bass gigs. If I'm auditioning on tenor, at some point I try to mention that I can play bass (without overselling my lesser bass chops). Life would be easier if I just played tenor, but keeping my bass chops som...
by StevenC
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Is This The New Trombone Forum?
Replies: 41
Views: 5023

Re: Is This The New Trombone Forum?

Neo Bri wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:04 pm
Wasn't it TromboneForum.org?
Yes.

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