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by baileyman
Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Tommy Dorsey Trombone
Replies: 6
Views: 330

Re: Tommy Dorsey Trombone

I seem to recall there were a number of these horns and King would prep and ship them from gig to gig so that all he had to do was reach for it and play. I think this was in a biography from years ago. But the older I get the more I mis-remember-make-things-up!
by baileyman
Tue Dec 01, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Use of factory delivered mouthpieces
Replies: 18
Views: 1073

Re: Use of factory delivered mouthpieces

The factory supplied mouthpiece is an average size for an average player. Many of us are not average and need something either larger or smaller. But some of us are average and they work fine. Don Reed said when the Kenton guys got their 6H horns, Frank played the mouthpiece that came with it. All ...
by baileyman
Fri Nov 27, 2020 5:35 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Weird lip problem
Replies: 41
Views: 1673

Re: Weird lip problem

Wow. Sounds like what the docs call "contact dermatitis". It seems this is one of those names they pull out for something they really don't know how to fix but where time and the reassurance of authority helps. Salves may help, but it sure seems more important to change the nature of the contact. Ge...
by baileyman
Wed Nov 25, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Probably a dumb question but ...
Replies: 17
Views: 1043

Re: Probably a dumb question but ...

With a round taper like lots of drifts, or the tail end of some body hammers, or maybe a tuba mouthpiece shank(?), you could flare a loose pipe to snug it up. Insert the taper and twist back and forth a bit and try. I have heard some will wrap the end with plumber's tape. Similarly you can shrink a ...
by baileyman
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Putting high range in context
Replies: 8
Views: 711

Re: Putting high range in context

Cool. He's basically talking muscular independence for breathing. Someone here ridiculed that idea a few days ago. Nice to have a guy with cred say it.
by baileyman
Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Innovations you'd like to see
Replies: 147
Views: 6065

Re: Innovations you'd like to see

Well, I'd say there's a reason we don't see widely-used double slides or long slides with handles. They both suck in different ways. My slide would have to be a foot longer with a handle to get 7th (as well as my bell section being radically shorter). And double slides are generally awful. It's a b...
by baileyman
Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Slide grip/technique
Replies: 14
Views: 882

Re: Slide grip/technique

... I hold the slide with my thumb on one side of the brace with two fingers on top and two fingers below the bottom tube on the other side. I no longer play "slide badminton" by tossing it back and forth between my thumb and fingers, but if I'm shifting quickly between middle positions I do allow ...
by baileyman
Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Cutting bells
Replies: 17
Views: 822

Re: Cutting bells

... I think I would cut a hole in a piece of heavy cardboard. Drop it over the small end of the bell and let it down till it stops on the bell taper. Adjust the size of the whole until it settles in place right where yo want to cut. Then just trace around the bell with a Sharpie using the cardboard...
by baileyman
Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Cutting bells
Replies: 17
Views: 822

Re: Cutting bells

Draw a line all the way around the bell where you want the final cut. Cut the bell off about 4 inches above the line with a hack saw. Next, with a good quality tin snips, slowly and carefully cut diagonally down to the line and then all the way around on the line. When I used to build tubas and sou...
by baileyman
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bach 8
Replies: 13
Views: 1151

Re: Bach 8

Pulled out a MV8 and put away the NY8, and MV rips! Crazy.
by baileyman
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Dick Shearer
Replies: 11
Views: 804

Re: Dick Shearer

Saw him in 76 with a 2b.

I rather think modelling him for lead would be a huge mistake, and the section style he enforced, too. Urbie would be a much better lead model, in any situation.
by baileyman
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Tinnitus
Replies: 24
Views: 7465

Re: Tinnitus

Hearing, like an oil well, is a depleting asset.
by baileyman
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Innovations you'd like to see
Replies: 147
Views: 6065

Re: Innovations you'd like to see

A five leg stand so sax players can't tip it over.

Oh, wait, got that already.
by baileyman
Sun Nov 15, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bach 8
Replies: 13
Views: 1151

Re: Bach 8

Three 8's. A 9. Two 12's. Two 16's. Two 16M's. Three 6's and extra slide. A 36, 42 and 50b. I spend most of my time on a NY8. Why? It's the one on the stand. I believe the 8 is .490 and the 9 .485 by .495. I think the 16's are .495 by something. Some day I may make a 10 with two small side 16 tubes.
by baileyman
Sun Nov 15, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: facility in the bass trombone lower range
Replies: 14
Views: 1094

Re: facility in the bass trombone lower range

Great sound he has. Funny he talks about connecting the mid to the low, then illustrates by connecting the low to the mid, and very rapidly indeed. Doug would probably have much to say about the embouchure advice, but experience with freebuzz in that range indicates little movements, such as his "ja...
by baileyman
Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Chris Dean 'All Or Nothing At All '
Replies: 6
Views: 492

Re: Chris Dean 'All Or Nothing At All '

These guys play great. I was immediately reminded of Ann Richards singing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN2kwqTRwnY

with the Kenton Alumni, a very high energy group. In fact I thought it may the the same arrangement, but no, just similarity of ideas.

High energy, I mean, really high energy.
by baileyman
Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Weird lip problem
Replies: 41
Views: 1673

Re: Weird lip problem

Sometimes the lip skin accumulates. I can recall ties where I would abrade the skin with my teeth, leaving them very supple, but also at risk of drying out, so balm was needed immediately. However, the supple lips performed much better.
by baileyman
Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Whats wrong with this?
Replies: 43
Views: 2802

Re: Whats wrong with this?

Same original guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxJmWM6e0YM playing a piece that absolutely must be spot on time. I report, you decide. Incidentally, he appears to be somewhat the internet expert, judging from his videos, including breathing and embouchure explanations. But I am language limited.
by baileyman
Sat Nov 14, 2020 5:24 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Physical explanation of “Breaking Up”
Replies: 9
Views: 611

Re: Physical explanation of “Breaking Up”

Do you mean a tone production problem or maybe do you mean the fantastic percussive accent the horn can produce?
by baileyman
Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Aebersold - thoughts?
Replies: 17
Views: 4007

Re: Aebersold - thoughts?

Gary wrote:
Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:40 am
... the Aeberold have less generically performed backgrounds than BIAB.
I remember hearing an interview with Hal Galper and he said lots and lots of the early stuff kept him fed. He said the musicians played while imagining a soloist so as to make it as alive as possible.
by baileyman
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Whats wrong with this?
Replies: 43
Views: 2802

Re: Whats wrong with this?

I know there are hundreds of years of interpretation behind these performances, but the bottom line is these things are dances. The guy has crappy time and it hurts to listen to. Now, it may be that received interpretation has blessed bad time performance. If so, then that tells you something.
by baileyman
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Mute repair
Replies: 15
Views: 1499

Re: Mute repair

Oh, yes, now I remember. It looked better but suddenly became indistinguishable from all those other mutes!
by baileyman
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Mute repair
Replies: 15
Views: 1499

Re: Mute repair

Bruce, did I massage some of the character out of your aluminum mute? I seem to recall doing something to one of yours.
by baileyman
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: I hereby move
Replies: 7
Views: 918

Re: I hereby move

Someone here or TTF related a comment from some other instrument player, "Why do trombone players warm up without hardly moving the slide?" Fontana said he "played a few slurs", which for him were in some tonality, maybe in a song's changes, in time, with lots of partial change, lots of doodle, side...
by baileyman
Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Media
Topic: One sick solo
Replies: 8
Views: 1153

Re: One sick solo

I met Andy when he was playing with Steve Huffstetter. Maybe 2008. At the time he was playing a sterling 16M.
by baileyman
Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Air/breathing
Replies: 34
Views: 3014

Re: Air/breathing

Using the intercostals a strong image floods my brain of a flying lizard.

https://www.genesispark.com/wp-content/ ... Lizard.jpg
by baileyman
Sun Nov 08, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Big band arrangement to little big band
Replies: 11
Views: 2266

Re: Big band arrangement to little big band

Yeah, that was so BC.
by baileyman
Wed Nov 04, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Just Friends - Masaru Uchibori Big Band
Replies: 3
Views: 1224

Re: Just Friends - Masaru Uchibori Big Band

Very nice. I was worried at the beginning tempo whether this would be yet another typical trombone section wipeout. But these guys play on top of the beat in both section and solo. A great example to every east coast band I have heard, except for the mil bands that typically keep good time. Nice sec...
by baileyman
Wed Nov 04, 2020 5:05 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Mute repair
Replies: 15
Views: 1499

Re: Mute repair

Dents add character.

Must be a really bad dent otherwise.
by baileyman
Tue Nov 03, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Air/breathing
Replies: 34
Views: 3014

Re: Air/breathing

... Farkas in the 1962 Art of Brass Playing thought there were 3 ways to resist the flow of air... He thought you could do it at the lips, the throat, or the diaphragm. He thought the lips job was pitch and tone control, and the diaphragm not capable of quick fine adjustments, so the proper control...
by baileyman
Mon Nov 02, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Big band arrangement to little big band
Replies: 11
Views: 2266

Re: Big band arrangement to little big band

I have 120 old stock arrangements collecting dust. Fifty by Johnny Warrington, a dozen each by Paul Weirick and Jack Mason, plus others. If you (or anybody else) is interested, please let me know. I have a complete list on Excel I can send on request. Warrington, an always tasteful sensible dance b...
by baileyman
Mon Nov 02, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Air/breathing
Replies: 34
Views: 3014

Re: Air/breathing

Very good post from bailyman. To practise contraction and release away from the horn is geat. But when playing thinking about the diaphragm and abdomen is contraproductive. When you think about your belly under inhalation when you are playing, it will tense up. Yes it will. I'll try that. I also re...
by baileyman
Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Air/breathing
Replies: 34
Views: 3014

Re: Air/breathing

LA pros are coordinating the intercostal muscles with diaphragm.
by baileyman
Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Recording Trombone on a microphone
Replies: 13
Views: 3465

Re: Recording Trombone on a microphone

Carl Fontana carried an EV 635A for the purpose, aka, the "Hammond Hammer".
by baileyman
Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Air/breathing
Replies: 34
Views: 3014

Re: Air/breathing

It may not be "...I miss notes because I open the mouth too much.". It could just be that there is not enough time to get that motion back to your set ready to play. I suppose practicing the motion may help, smooth it out, quicken it, but it could also help to get an earlier start on it.
by baileyman
Fri Oct 30, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Plastic trombone players -- HELP!
Replies: 16
Views: 2002

Re: Plastic trombone players -- HELP!

I suspect a decent seal could be wound on to the ends using suitably sized thread. Polyester likely best. It would not have to be pretty with the loops lining up like a sword handle, just achieving the right diameter, which may have to be discovered by repetition. A pretty good seal at the top of th...
by baileyman
Wed Oct 28, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: mouthpiece buzzing Yes or No
Replies: 70
Views: 6390

Re: mouthpiece buzzing Yes or No

Tagging on a pet peeve of these discussions: weight lifting (used as a buzzing analogy by both the pro and con camps), for a large number of those who do it, is not about hypertrophy (bulking up). It is about improving neuromuscular coordination and so really about gaining better control over the b...
by baileyman
Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:00 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: mouthpiece buzzing Yes or No
Replies: 70
Views: 6390

Re: mouthpiece buzzing Yes or No

This is what I used to think. But now I find I can buzz a note with the tongue in an "ee" position, then gliss the tongue to an "ah", and the pitch will follow down with what feels to me like no change in lips. And reverse. Then I find I can gliss the tongue in the same way, but maintain the pitch....
by baileyman
Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Playing notes on glissando
Replies: 3
Views: 1572

Re: Playing notes on glissando

Glissando is one of the barest, simplest things you can do on the horn. Because of that, it can quickly reveal problems that may be covered by things like tonguing or melody. It's a challenge to glissando ever higher and stay in the partial. It's a challenge to go up and to go down. It's a challenge...
by baileyman
Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: mouthpiece buzzing Yes or No
Replies: 70
Views: 6390

Re: mouthpiece buzzing Yes or No

... ... Pitch is controlled by muscular contraction at the lips together with variations in the presurisation of the air within the lungs so as to allow air to pass through the lips in such a way as to allow continued vibration. ... My lips are the major controller in the system and I can therefore...
by baileyman
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: mouthpiece buzzing Yes or No
Replies: 70
Views: 6390

Re: mouthpiece buzzing Yes or No

A couple of things are happening with my freebuzz right now. One is that around pedal A it wants a lower pout and upper curl to get lower. It migrates to a different set. And then it will go deep into the double pedals. On the horn it will stretch its setting just about as deep, but the sound has al...
by baileyman
Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Rejano Practice Mutes
Replies: 25
Views: 4410

Re: Rejano Practice Mutes

Pedals? Highs? Flexies? On mine the pedals are awful, it starts to go flat around the 8th partial, but is not less flexible than anything else really. The flat part is where the typical mute begins to resemble a Solotone. The awful pedals is the effect of the cut off exterior nodes. While it's very...
by baileyman
Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: mouthpiece buzzing Yes or No
Replies: 70
Views: 6390

Re: mouthpiece buzzing Yes or No

Suppose you have a nice high range free-buzzing but on the piece or horn the same notes are more effortful. Practicing to resolve the difference may be a good idea, that is, to convert the easy free-buzz into easy on the horn.
by baileyman
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Rejano Practice Mutes
Replies: 25
Views: 4410

Re: Rejano Practice Mutes

Pedals? Highs? Flexies?
by baileyman
Sun Oct 18, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Rejano Practice Mutes
Replies: 25
Views: 4410

Re: Rejano Practice Mutes

Burgerbob wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:34 pm
...

I take it you haven't tried many practice mutes.
Next time I'm in LA I invite you over to try mine. Just bring a 7 1/2" belled horn. You'll know.
by baileyman
Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Rejano Practice Mutes
Replies: 25
Views: 4410

Re: Rejano Practice Mutes

Okay. This is really simple. Visual observation shows that the bell shape of the mute extending beyond the horn will change the effective length of the horn. You can guess the consequence. Second, the cap end of the mute will cut off the outer nodes of lower notes, once again changing the effective ...
by baileyman
Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: PPE for trombonists
Replies: 14
Views: 2547

Re: PPE for trombonists

As Bruce says, lots of brass infection should condense on the way out. But also, the velocity of what makes it through, is really low by nature of the bell compliance with the atmosphere. I would expect that velocity to be near a dead stop coming out of a trombone. Meanwhile a loud talker could make...
by baileyman
Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:41 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Rejano Practice Mutes
Replies: 25
Views: 4410

Re: Rejano Practice Mutes

I just looked at a pic online to understand what this is.

Ain't gonna work.
by baileyman
Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Carbon Fiber slides? Yea or Nay?
Replies: 26
Views: 8531

Re: Carbon Fiber slides? Yea or Nay?

Seems the light slide may make an actual difference depending on your shift style. The major weight to move is the arm itself. The smallest weight to move is the fingers. The mass of a slide is small compared to the pounds of an arm. Seems if you are an Alessi full arm 1-0 digital style shifter a li...
by baileyman
Fri Oct 09, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Lightweight slides and shoulder pain?
Replies: 13
Views: 4533

Re: Lightweight slides and shoulder pain?

My massage gal explained there is a network of nerves from the neck down to the elbow that wind all over the place and even intersect along the way, differently for almost every person. There are many opportunities for them to get caught among the muscles and bones. And a pain in one place may not r...

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