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by Kbiggs
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Le Freque sound inhancer
Replies: 31
Views: 1209

Re: Le Freque sound inhancer

I put the washers under the Rotary valves bearing caps. Not pistons. Many years ago I played around with some bronze washers under the rotary valve caps of my old 50B. At the time, my perception (subjective) was that it definitely affected the response of the instrument. IIRC, the instrument “slott...
by Kbiggs
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: New Wessex Bones
Replies: 27
Views: 1728

Re: New Wessex Bones

They certainly look pretty. I’m considering the bass as a back-up instrument. Has anyone played the contra? Any reviews on it since it’s been on display at ITF? I’m curious about the optional tuning crooks. From the description, it sounds like the instrument could be tuned so that it would be like t...
by Kbiggs
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 69
Views: 4208

Re: The Bunker

blast wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:11 am

Most quintets I have played in were conflict zones.... even outside the sevices .

Chris
Democracy in action!
by Kbiggs
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Tools for the trade
Replies: 9
Views: 345

Re: Tools for the trade

Dare I say it...? Perhaps, rather than focusing on fixing the problem after the fact, focusing on reducing the possibility of dents and bent slides in the first place would be time and energy well spent. A little care with music stand placement, not standing to close to our other slide-brothers, avo...
by Kbiggs
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Who are your favorite bass trombone players who played on a Elkhart Conn 62H?
Replies: 11
Views: 328

Re: Who are your favorite bass trombone players who played on a Elkhart Conn 62H?

I didn’t know Jeff Reynolds played a 62H. He played on a Mt. V Bach modified by Larry Minick for ages, then played Getzen for a while, then played something else. Did he play the 62H in his earlier years? **** A little obscure, but Robbie Hioki (Brian Setzer Big Band). Also, some of the LA studio pl...
by Kbiggs
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Most efficient way of learning a fast passage
Replies: 7
Views: 256

Re: Most efficient way of learning a fast passage

I will sometimes work on a fast passage first with all glissandos, then add articulations on the strong beats or accents, then add more articulation and speed. Here’s a different approach from Jason Sulliman. I haven’t tried it yet. Just waiting for “that perfect passage” to give it a go... :lol: ht...
by Kbiggs
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Bill Watrous
Replies: 12
Views: 602

Re: Bill Watrous

Very sad, indeed. Another legend.
by Kbiggs
Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 1025

Re: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?

Thanks for the reference to Wittgentstein’s ladder, boneagain :good: . It’s been a long time since I heard a musician refer to Wittgentstein!
by Kbiggs
Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 1025

Re: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?

There are so many different ways, metaphors, etc., to describe “proper” breathing it’s hard to know where to start. Given the ability of students to misunderstand instructions, it’s... again, hard to know where to start. In other words, I appreciate your problem. Suggestion: keep it simple. Don’t bo...
by Kbiggs
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Which Bach model is this?
Replies: 25
Views: 877

Re: Which Bach model is this?

It could be one of the old Mercedes models, an intermediate grade horn.
by Kbiggs
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Thoughts and idea on how to improve my legato.
Replies: 10
Views: 474

Re: Thoughts and idea on how to improve my legato.

Jay Friedman has some great ideas and approaches to legato which I’ve found helpful. He talks about air, slide movement, and concepts. Here’s a few of his posts: http://jayfriedman.net/articles/legato_and_the_arms_race http://jayfriedman.net/articles/legato__instruments__and_recordings http://jayfri...
by Kbiggs
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: What Symphonies should I listen to?
Replies: 8
Views: 343

Re: What Symphonies should I listen to?

Here’s a link to the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestral Repertoire Report. It lists most frequently played composers, pieces, etc., by year, with 2011-2012 being the most current. (It doesn’t state why they haven’t continued the report to the present.) It has some other categories, too, if yo...
by Kbiggs
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 44
Views: 1931

Re: Tenor horn

I do believe that being conscious of the history should be a part of the artistic decision-making process, however. For instance, because "tuba" is written on the part, or because the part sits on the tuba player doesn't disqualify thought and analysis and choosing the right instrument for the righ...
by Kbiggs
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Raul de Souza
Replies: 15
Views: 631

Re: Raul de Souza

PaKETaZ wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:30 pm
I can find it’s an “electric trombone” but I really don’t understand why. Think it’s a larger bore than usual and four valves.
It looks like he’s using a dedicated mic (the one on his right) for the special effects. You can see him press the pedals.
by Kbiggs
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Valve Trombone Acceptance
Replies: 27
Views: 1309

Re: Valve Trombone Acceptance

Very interesting! Thanks, Tom!
by Kbiggs
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Valve Trombone Acceptance
Replies: 27
Views: 1309

Re: Valve Trombone Acceptance

Just out of curiosity, has anyone compared a piston valve to a rotary valve trombone? If so, how did they compare? I know that Červény and Mirafone and others still make rotary valve trombones in 3 and 4 valve configurations.

Tom, is a rotary valve trombone similar to the old basun?
by Kbiggs
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Valve Trombone Acceptance
Replies: 27
Views: 1309

Re: Valve Trombone Acceptance

I wasn’t aware that there was a tradition of playing valve trombone in German classical music, esp. around the time of Bruckner. I suppose I’d assumed that bands used valve trombones for the most part, whereas orchestras used slide trombones.
by Kbiggs
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Valve Trombone Acceptance
Replies: 27
Views: 1309

Re: Valve Trombone Acceptance

The valve trombonists in Mexican banda are insane (in a good way), as are the rest of the musicians. It's a really remarkable style of music. Agreed! If I’m in a down mood, I can listen to some banda music, which helps brighten the day. I’m often amazed at how tight these bands sound. My personal f...
by Kbiggs
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments
Replies: 23
Views: 1088

Re: Production Methods for "Student" Level Instruments

When we’re stuck in science mode, we tend to value consistency above all. In the case of manufacturing, consistency and accuracy from one part to another seem to be encouraged above all. However, when making ( not manufacturing) some items like musical instruments as opposed to, say, cars or compute...
by Kbiggs
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Any tips for transposing alto to bass clef?
Replies: 11
Views: 667

Re: Any tips for transposing alto to bass clef?

Buy one of several different books (tutors, primers) to learn to read alto clef. Reginald Fink and Ralph Sauer wrote some good ones: http://www.hickeys.com/music/brass/trombone/tenor_trombone/studies_and_etudes/products/sku001250-fink-reginald-introducing-the-alto-clef.php http://www.hickeys.com/mus...
by Kbiggs
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 68
Views: 2817

Re: What we're doing

Nothing. Doing nothing... but I have a good reason - got married on Sunday and the new wife and I are honeymooning in New Orleans. We'll meet up with some friends and check out their gigs, but I'm not going to try and book myself while I'm here (mayhap I'll sit in somewhere if I'm invited.) Congrat...
by Kbiggs
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Looking to get a mouthpiece to improve my lower register
Replies: 18
Views: 1238

Re: Looking to get a mouthpiece to improve my lower register

I have the greatest respect for Bruce and Aiden. They are knowledgeable and well-meaning colleagues, and all things being equal I think they make excellent suggestions. However, I would caution against taking advice over the internet about a mouthpiece change. I would also caution against making a m...
by Kbiggs
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: 7th position lip slurs
Replies: 12
Views: 820

Re: 7th position lip slurs

It will feel different due to the overall length of the instrument, the different proportion of cylindrical to conical tubing (slide vs. bell section), and the fact that the outer slide is a slightly larger diameter than the innter slide. Maintain your embouchure setting, keep your air flowing, and ...
by Kbiggs
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Building a Sound Concept - Is there a "too early"?
Replies: 27
Views: 1290

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

For comparison, here’s Joshua Bell:




Here’s Monica Huggett:




And here’s Marty McFly:

by Kbiggs
Thu May 31, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Building a Sound Concept - Is there a "too early"?
Replies: 27
Views: 1290

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

It seems to me that you're suggesting that players of Sullivan's era played with blind obedience to the written score, with no attempt at interpretation at all. If so, I think that is nonsense - artists of all descriptions have been putting their own interpretations on all forms of art since stone ...
by Kbiggs
Wed May 30, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: WTB - ErgoBone
Replies: 1
Views: 214

Re: WTB - ErgoBone

Yes. Contact me at e p o s a u n e @ c o m c a s t . n e t.
by Kbiggs
Wed May 30, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Building a Sound Concept - Is there a "too early"?
Replies: 27
Views: 1290

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

Turning back to the practical question, “Is it ever too early to foster sound concept?” Again, I don’t think it’s ever too early. Provide the student with a broad range of tone qualities to choose from. Recordings are a great way to provide a model. Some people will naturally have a tone quality tha...
by Kbiggs
Wed May 30, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Building a Sound Concept - Is there a "too early"?
Replies: 27
Views: 1290

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

BaritoneJack, I neither agree nor disagree with the your characterizations of the performance and the tone quality in the above videos. I want to point out that the differences between Sullivan and Childs reflect a number of different things, primarily time period, tone, and aesthetics. What is acce...
by Kbiggs
Sat May 26, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Found money - sort of.
Replies: 5
Views: 485

Re: Found money - sort of.

E. Definitely. :roll:

If you have an ongoing relationship with the church, maybe A. But realistically, B.
by Kbiggs
Sat May 26, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 44
Views: 1931

Re: Tenor horn

Re: tuben not equaling tuba, I think this is a form vs. function matter. In form, the Wagner tuben looks like a mirror image of German oval tenor horns and baritones. Yet it sounds distinct. In function, it’s a highly specialized instrument that is an alternative to the (French) horn sound. Re: “ten...
by Kbiggs
Thu May 24, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tenor horn
Replies: 44
Views: 1931

Re: Tenor horn

I may be pointing out the obvious here, but I believe there are several reasons why there is so much confusion about the names of instruments, in this case, the baritone, tenor, and alto horns, and the euphonium: 1. Form vs. function 2. Language 3. Tradition and history These three reasons—and I’m c...
by Kbiggs
Tue May 22, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats
Replies: 42
Views: 2221

Re: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats

There’s a local individual who fancies himself a conductor. One of my old teachers played a concert where this stick-wagger stood in front. During rehearsal, in a passage marked staccato , the conductor asked the trombones to play “more legato .” Trombones marked the parts accordingly. Conductor sto...
by Kbiggs
Sat May 19, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Laurel vs Yanny as relates to hearing
Replies: 18
Views: 917

Re: Laurel vs Yanny as relates to hearing

How do I know what I hear?
It changes from ear to ear!
Is it laurel or yanny?
Is it one or too many?
It depends on the speakers, I fear!
by Kbiggs
Wed May 16, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Building a Sound Concept - Is there a "too early"?
Replies: 27
Views: 1290

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

In a word, no. My view: Initially, provide good models to the student, as said above. Play well for your student, and encourage them to listen to trombonists who have sounds that are in the “normal” range for that kind of instrument (whatever that means... ducks and runs for cover...). Maybe even a ...
by Kbiggs
Mon May 14, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: M&W custom trombones - any reviews available?
Replies: 21
Views: 1744

Re: M&W custom trombones - any reviews available?

I believe they both worked for Greenhoe at one time... hence the “Greenhoe-ish” appearance. I’ve been told that appearances can be deceptive... ;)
by Kbiggs
Mon May 07, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Taper
Replies: 2
Views: 433

Re: Taper

The taper is there to fit the ceramic head to the titanium shaft. The ceramic heads are of different sizes and shapes to fit different joints. The virtue of the Morse taper as part of the joint is, as you note: The basic principal of operation is simple genius: friction is a function of coefficient ...
by Kbiggs
Mon May 07, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Transport mutes/stands etc.
Replies: 20
Views: 1032

Re: Transport mutes/stands etc.

I use a cheap, large rolling duffle bag. I can carry my trombone stand, a Hercules portable music stand, music, stand lights when needed, and all my mutes. I use some dense foam blocks as dividers to keep everything in place and avoid damaging the mutes.
by Kbiggs
Thu May 03, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Doubling
Replies: 36
Views: 1839

Re: Doubling

How many of you bass trombonists are forced to double on tenor on a regular basis and like it? I’m never forced to play anything. I’m a freelancer and very part-time musician, so I can choose what I want to play. In my view, there are only three reasons to play any gig: money, fun, or obligation. M...
by Kbiggs
Thu May 03, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Control shoulder tension?
Replies: 11
Views: 1063

Re: Control shoulder tension?

I’ve had wrist, elbow, and shoulder problems in the past—tendonitis in the wrist and elbow, and frozen shoulders (both at the same time!) I’ve used the ErgoBone extensively in the past. I’m currently using the Sheridan Get-A-Grip, which works better for me. I remember seeing a cantilever type arrang...
by Kbiggs
Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Stainless steel, heavy tops?
Replies: 24
Views: 1488

Re: Stainless steel, heavy tops?

It's possible, though testing that is difficult sine I'm not aware of anyone who makes the same mouthpiece with the different variables you mentioned (e.g. all of the permutations of lightweight, heavyweight, steel, brass, etc.). Even the Bach "megatone" mouthpieces are not the same internal dimens...
by Kbiggs
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Trombone Pics
Replies: 14
Views: 1454

Re: Trombone Pics

Some pics of my 50B3-CR. This is the most recent iteration. That Benn Hansenn’s old workbench, BTW.



by Kbiggs
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Keeping the horn steady
Replies: 13
Views: 1073

Re: Keeping the horn steady

Here’s another take on slide technique: https://trombonetools.com/slide-technique/ There’s also Weston Sprott’s position: keep the thumb and first two fingers “glued” to the slide brace. Try holding a dime or a penny with your thumb, and then with your two fingers. I’m not saying any of these are ri...
by Kbiggs
Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Keeping the horn steady
Replies: 13
Views: 1073

Re: Keeping the horn steady

My first thought: ask your teacher about it. If you don’t have a teacher, find one. If you can’t find a good, reputable teacher to help diagnose and work to change what you’re doing, ask a friend whose playing you admire to watch and provide feedback. If neither of those are available, take a video ...
by Kbiggs
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Braces?
Replies: 3
Views: 367

Re: Braces?

I had a similar situation 10-12 years ago. I had traditional braces as a kid, and some of my teeth shifted over time. I was playing a lot back then, so I chose to use InvisAlign braces. I believe they are more expensive than traditional braces, and they take longer to shift the teeth, but you remove...
by Kbiggs
Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: King 3b hard to play?
Replies: 25
Views: 1424

Re: King 3b hard to play?

Yes, spend more time on the horn. Now, I’m not suggesting an equipment fix to address this problem, but... Have you tried a different mouthpiece on this horn? The 3B is larger than the 2B or the 48H, so it might play a little more comfortably with a slightly larger rim and/or cup depth to the mouthp...
by Kbiggs
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Bone socks? (for stands, not feet)
Replies: 18
Views: 1589

Re: Bone socks? (for stands, not feet)

Mine’s a regular dark blue sock with a heel. It even has a stylish Argyle pattern!
by Kbiggs
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Practice mutes
Replies: 31
Views: 1478

Re: Practice mutes

Denis Wick mutes are pretty good—fair response and good intonation. The lower register usually suffers, though, for tenor and bass. I drilled an additional small hole in the side of the mute, which seemed to help.
by Kbiggs
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent
Replies: 107
Views: 8766

Re: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent

I’ve played a few singles, but I’ve played quite a few indies and several dependants. My preference is indies with a standard F and Gb tuning. It’s what I learned on, and it’s most comfortable for me. For those that learned on a dependant set-up, that would likely be most comfortable. There are many...
by Kbiggs
Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: News & Announcements
Topic: TTF Archives are LIVE!
Replies: 58
Views: 4571

Re: TTF Archives are LIVE!

A thousand thanks. May you grow old and wise, may your children love you, and may you never lose your place while counting rests!

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