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by timothy42b
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: sending PMs
Replies: 4
Views: 43

Re: sending PMs

That's normal. It stays in Outbox until it's read. At least that's how mine worked.
by timothy42b
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info
Replies: 26
Views: 596

Re: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info

Check this out: https://www.amazon.com/Ceremonial-Music-US-Army-Band/dp/B003BNZIFK Amazon is selling a CD of Army band music. I would have thought that 1) it's not legal for the band to make money off a CD, though they could recover expenses (but probably wouldn't bother, as the accounting is daunti...
by timothy42b
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: Wtb: ergobone
Replies: 5
Views: 147

Re: Wtb: ergobone

Is this for that contra? It looked like you'd need a couple people to hold that one up.

Another solution could potentially be Ken's cantilever support.
by timothy42b
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 972

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

boneagain wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:06 am
"The horn is more than just an amplifier. It's a resonator."
Not just an amplifier, but a stabilizer.

Yes, they're related with your resonator concept.

But the horn assists the lips to vibrate at the right frequency, and there's a perceived mental element to that.
by timothy42b
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 64
Views: 2688

Re: What we're doing

Yeah. Sunday we played Sweet Virginia Breeze, our highest and loudest, at an hour ten minutes in. The highest note is only an Ab, but my chops were pretty tired at that point, trying to balance 11 clarinets and the same number of trumpets. I'll post an mp3 of how it went. I think I played okay, but ...
by timothy42b
Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Loud Mouthpieces
Replies: 13
Views: 562

Re: Loud Mouthpieces

I read it on my phone. Sigh. Wish I hadn't.

Now I do have to retract one statement. There were some grammatical errors in that part.

If it's a spoof it's a good one, might be akin to Poe's Law. I think it is time for me to drop this, it's getting too close to politics and religion.
by timothy42b
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Loud Mouthpieces
Replies: 13
Views: 562

Re: Loud Mouthpieces

That is the most well done spoof web site I have ever seen. Bravo! I didn't find a single misspelling or grammatical error, either. Did you read the entire document for the Dynamic Economics thing? It's 28 pages and quite the read. I'm not sure it's a spoof... :amazed: I saw the web site at work, a...
by timothy42b
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 69
Views: 4181

Re: The Bunker

They used only their small groups, not the full concert band; they did a set of popular music, then the big band took the stage. The full band never played. They may have been double-booked and had to split the band. I've seen that happen with Navy Band Southwest. That could be, but I dunno. I neve...
by timothy42b
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Loud Mouthpieces
Replies: 13
Views: 562

Re: Loud Mouthpieces

That is the most well done spoof web site I have ever seen. Bravo!

I didn't find a single misspelling or grammatical error, either.
by timothy42b
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 972

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

Must .........resist.................nope, can't do it.

So how do you teach/describe your "resonance concept?"

(with apologies to the OP)
by timothy42b
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Most efficient way of learning a fast passage
Replies: 7
Views: 237

Re: Most efficient way of learning a fast passage

Thanks for posting the Sulliman link. I've been trying to find it again without luck. I've never had much success with the incremental speedup approaches. The at tempo methods of Doug and Sulliman seem to work better for me. Some of the piano teachers say always finish with a run through at half spe...
by timothy42b
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 69
Views: 4181

Re: The Bunker

I attended the celebration at the local Army base. There was a headline top 40s commercial band, then the Army band took the stage. They used only their small groups, not the full concert band; they did a set of popular music, then the big band took the stage. The full band never played. I don't rem...
by timothy42b
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 972

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

ONLY 5.5 litres !!!!! Chris When I have my Bod Pod tests done at work, they report my Thoracic Gas Volume as 4.3 liters. That's done during normal breathing. I don't know how those measurements would compare to spirometer type measurements. At one time I did those every year at work, when I handled...
by timothy42b
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 972

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

I don't see anything in this thread I disagree with, which is pretty rare. <smiley> Doug told me once that I wasn't taking a full breath, and another time that I needed to avoid playing past the resting neutral point. That resulted in me penciling breath marks into my music and paying more attention...
by timothy42b
Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 972

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

We've told the OP many valid reasons why we can't help him.

On the other hand, there are some things we could say about breathing that would be agreeable to most of us and potentially understandable to a beginner, aren't there?
by timothy42b
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 64
Views: 2688

Re: What we're doing

Perfect, except I'll have to play third. My enthusiasm for third comes and goes. I like third with a community band, no endurance issues, but I never get to do that. Yesterday I knew the third would be missing and I planned to move down instead of doubling the first. Alas, the other first couldn't ...
by timothy42b
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece cleaning
Replies: 14
Views: 504

Re: Mouthpiece cleaning

I don't see why you would need to do more with your mouthpiece than you do with a spoon you eat with. Either one needs enough cleaning to avoid germs, and no more.

I clean mine with dish soap.
by timothy42b
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 972

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

I suspect Dave's #2, Wittgenstein's ladder, may be related to #4, the fractional anticipatory goal response. I looked for a good wiki explanation of that but found nothing except references to Clark Hull (prominent early behaviorist and researcher into operant conditioning) and his 1934 paper. So he...
by timothy42b
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 972

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

I like Dave's contribution and realize now that in my first rant I inadvertently supported #3, antagonism toward technical understanding. That was not my intent. I do think there does exist some technical knowledge of breathing, but most of what I read is so overladen with metaphor I have trouble fi...
by timothy42b
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Db bass trombone!
Replies: 92
Views: 2130

Re: Db bass trombone!

I suspect Bb (or 9 feet of tubing, either way) is the sweet spot for a particular bore size, and everything else is a more or less acceptable compromise.

We did have a long and contentious discussion of this some years ago.
by timothy42b
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 972

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

I think there is a huge disconnect between what the performer's breathing concept is, and what a student will hear. A student will probably interpret anything he's told about breathing as something physical he must do, and usually that involves muscles he must tighten. Your breathing concept probabl...
by timothy42b
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Intonation, drones, and equal temperament
Replies: 1
Views: 148

Intonation, drones, and equal temperament

This idea came from one of the tuba forums but I've shamelessly stolen it. The tuba player uses a wireless tuner on his bell, so that his tuner cannot hear the drone. Then he plays against the drone, tuning perfect intervals by ear, but then also tuning equal temperament intervals with the tuner, an...
by timothy42b
Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Bell repair = deadening sound?
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Re: Bell repair = deadening sound?

sirisobhakya wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:40 pm
And everyone knows that denser material deadens the sound. But how much?
Actually, no, we don't all agree on that.

I do agree with Tom's post on shape.
by timothy42b
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Db bass trombone!
Replies: 92
Views: 2130

Re: Db bass trombone!

But........... Okay it sounds good to my ears, but I didn't have good headphones available. But if that method of shortening works so well, why does not that apply to the alto? I think most of us would say the alto, while it can obviously be played very well, has some limitations> Not trying to crit...
by timothy42b
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Db bass trombone!
Replies: 92
Views: 2130

Re: Db bass trombone!

It's just one step below an alto, right? (assuming alto in Eb, I know they were made in other keys)
by timothy42b
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Db bass trombone!
Replies: 92
Views: 2130

Re: Db bass trombone!

I like the idea. Maybe Bb isn't the ideal pitch for a trombone.

Or, maybe the bore, or the fixed bell has something to do with the response.
by timothy42b
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Having books spiral bound?
Replies: 17
Views: 484

Re: Having books spiral bound?

I have also punched books with a second set of holes on the opposite side so I can turn pages over to make page turns easier. That is more on one sided things I print out. That is my standard practice. Any time I punch holes I punch both sides. I never know what side of a binder I'm going to want i...
by timothy42b
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Having books spiral bound?
Replies: 17
Views: 484

Re: Having books spiral bound?

I never unbound a glued spine, though. Sounds like that would have a lot of potential for damage. It's been a while, but when I did the Arban (and it was a trumpet copy, that's what I use if I do Arban) I think I was able to peel outer layer of the backing and it came apart. When you punch the shee...
by timothy42b
Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Having books spiral bound?
Replies: 17
Views: 484

Re: Having books spiral bound?

We have a machine at work. I bought my own combs and bound an Arbans on my lunch hour. I did a good job, but I did mess up a couple times and have to redo some pages, it takes a lot of care, but is worth it. I also had Staples do one for me, and they did a good job too. Just inspect it and make them...
by timothy42b
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The Bunker
Replies: 69
Views: 4181

Re: The Bunker

I had my routine checkup with my primary care physician Friday. He said my blood pressure was way too low - with the weight loss, I was over medicated. He took me off the meds completely. Woo hoo! But now I have to be careful it lasts. Weight is SO easy to put on, compared to taking it off.
by timothy42b
Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Le Freque sound inhancer
Replies: 31
Views: 1183

Re: Le Freque sound inhancer

Concerning the observation that a significant number of players can hear some effect, we must be cautious. What we really know is that a number of players SAY that they hear some effect, and perhaps FEEL strongly that they hear a definite effect. But that's not evidence of a difference that others ...
by timothy42b
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Home Improvement: Gutter cleaning
Replies: 7
Views: 358

Re: Home Improvement: Gutter cleaning

I looked carefully at my gutters last night, and I see two potential problems. One is that my house is long and narrow, which means a very long span to flip. If it doesn't flip exactly level I suspect the gutter weight might be enough to bend the gutter. The other is more serious. My power lines are...
by timothy42b
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Home Improvement: Gutter cleaning
Replies: 7
Views: 358

Home Improvement: Gutter cleaning

I hate this job, and my house is surrounded by trees. Gutter guards have barely helped, really they just make it harder to clean. I had a brainstorm today, why not hinge the gutters? Flip them over, blast with a hose, done. Google shows I'm not the first person to think of it. http://flipcleangutter...
by timothy42b
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Le Freque sound inhancer
Replies: 31
Views: 1183

Re: Le Freque sound inhancer

Clearly it cannot function like the advertising hype claims, at least not without violating the laws of physics.

But a number of good players can hear some effect, so provisionally we can accept that adding mass to some spots seems to do something.

Could you do it cheaper? Ah, there's the rub.
by timothy42b
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Printers for music
Replies: 18
Views: 563

Re: Printers for music

I have an older Canon laser printer I got at a thrift shop for $35 years ago. Huge thing, takes two of us to carry it down stairs. A new Canon toner cartridge was somewhere around $150. I got a $20 cartridge from Amazon, and years later it is still on that one. It scans fine too. It works fine. BUT!...
by timothy42b
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Advantages with a soprano trombone
Replies: 11
Views: 575

Re: Advantages with a soprano trombone

Neo Bri wrote:
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:18 pm
Another advantage is that you could, in theory, have perfect intonation vs. a trumpet.

In theory.
That's not an advantage. It just means you can't play with anybody else.
by timothy42b
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue level, vowel sounds, thoughts
Replies: 24
Views: 856

Re: Tongue level, vowel sounds, thoughts

He does get a bit confusing though, and if we're talking about using the pitch of your mouth cavity to adjust, the resonance cavity concept makes a little more sense. It very well could be a metaphor as well. All those tongue adjustments pull on embouchure muscles, who knows what really happens? But...
by timothy42b
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue level, vowel sounds, thoughts
Replies: 24
Views: 856

Tongue level, vowel sounds, thoughts

In the recent doodle tongue thread, baileyman talked about tongue level having to be just right for the range. Some time ago Doug told me if I could get my tongue level dialed in better, it would make things easier. I believe, but it's not something that's obvious to me. I can't really feel where my...
by timothy42b
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Advise for Marching Trombone (Corps Style)
Replies: 17
Views: 480

Re: Advise for Marching Trombone (Corps Style)

We're talking past each other, I think. I recommend you visit Dave Wilkins's site.

http://www.wilktone.com/?page_id=371

He explains it better than I can. If we were in the same room I could show you what I mean, but not by typing.
by timothy42b
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Advise for Marching Trombone (Corps Style)
Replies: 17
Views: 480

Re: Advise for Marching Trombone (Corps Style)

Joel, My horn angle is straight out from my face, for the note that is the center of my range. For notes above that note, I have a small motion up and to the left; for notes below I move down and to the right. By move I don't mean the mouthpiece moves across the lips, but that the mouthpiece sticks ...
by timothy42b
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Valve Trombone Acceptance
Replies: 27
Views: 1238

Re: Valve Trombone Acceptance

Thanks for the post. I bought a Getzen Valve bone with the slide back when I was in the Army Band. I found the Getzen to be too stuffy. I would like to play a King Valve Bone.....never tried one. Thanks for the post. I have the Getzen valve and slide combination. I didn't find the valve side stuffy...
by timothy42b
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Advise for Marching Trombone (Corps Style)
Replies: 17
Views: 480

Re: Advise for Marching Trombone (Corps Style)

You've probably considered this idea already, but I'll put it out there just in case. Some DCI style bands are very rigid about uniformity in how the instruments are held. If you are forced to hold the trombone exactly horizontal, but that is not a good match for your embouchure, your tone will suff...
by timothy42b
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Listening and learning by ear, alto
Replies: 6
Views: 345

Re: Listening and learning by ear, alto

In short, it works really really well. Playing by ear makes your intonation better, frees you from visual paralysis, and helps you connect what you hear in your head with what your hands/arms/lips are doing. Matt Yes but. What I'm getting at is partly the mental process. I suspect mine is overly in...
by timothy42b
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Listening and learning by ear, alto
Replies: 6
Views: 345

Listening and learning by ear, alto

I had a thought this morning, and then saw that listening and learning thread. This is totally thinking out loud, sorry. Playing by ear. I spend a little time on it, because it's a skill I don't do well, and that's always an opportunity. Actually I thought it was just impossible for me, but it turns...
by timothy42b
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Listening and Learning: one song, three ways
Replies: 5
Views: 304

Re: Listening and Learning: one song, three ways

Triggered a thought about playing by ear, maybe a new thread is better.
by timothy42b
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Trouble with Slide, Bach 42BO
Replies: 16
Views: 693

Re: Trouble with Slide, Bach 42BO

For me, adding water increases the slide speed by maybe 3%, and reduces the lube longevity by maybe 3000%. That's something I wondered too! It always felt like water decreased the lube longevity for me. And then there's a ton of condensation in my slide which may cause friction? Not sure about that...
by timothy42b
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bass trombone and guitar
Replies: 11
Views: 719

Re: Bass trombone and guitar

I like that.

IMO. Trombone and guitar, nice. Trombone and piano, boring at first, then later irritating. Trombone and organ though, can be very nice. Could just be my ears.
by timothy42b
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Trouble with Slide, Bach 42BO
Replies: 16
Views: 693

Re: Trouble with Slide, Bach 42BO

For me, adding water increases the slide speed by maybe 3%, and reduces the lube longevity by maybe 3000%. But it does depend a bit on what I'm using. With SOM or Yamasnit, water makes my slide a tiny bit faster, but I have to reapply much sooner. With Superslick or other cream water has more effect...
by timothy42b
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: I need help to stop coasting!
Replies: 18
Views: 873

Re: I need help to stop coasting!

Neo Bri wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:40 pm
Sounds like you could use a goal. What about scheduling a mini-recital for friends, family, religious community, etc.?

And of course there's nothing wrong with posting a youtube video here periodically. Geezer and I will welcome the challenge. Hee, hee.
by timothy42b
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: I need help to stop coasting!
Replies: 18
Views: 873

Re: I need help to stop coasting!

My thoughts, from a community band amateur, so consider the source. I am looking for guidance. Telling me to "play more" or "do long tones" isn't specific enough. Exactly! That's way too vague. But so are your goals, as you've expressed them so far. "Play more" will make you "better." Neither is mea...

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