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by AndrewMeronek
Wed May 16, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teaching Jazz
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Re: Teaching Jazz

The most important thing in jazz improvisation is to develop a vocabulary of musical ideas. Chord changes and scales do not constitute musical ideas, although they are useful. The language parallel would be that notes are like letters, chords and scales are like syllables, and the actual musical ide...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue May 15, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: "Great War Sextet" for Trombone and Strings: Composer looking for Collaborator/Champion
Replies: 2
Views: 101

Re: "Great War Sextet" for Trombone and Strings: Composer looking for Collaborator/Champion

That looks pretty ambitious. From a quick glance, it looks like this is really a piece for a theater, not just a trombonist and string ensemble. Complete with costumes and scenery. This is not a piece that some people can "just try out", from what I see.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon May 14, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: How to organize dramatic elements in music
Replies: 5
Views: 125

Re: How to organize dramatic elements in music

boneagain wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 10:44 am
Ever been to a concert with one door-buster after another, all played with maxium volume, energy, and intensity? Does it get to be tiresome and somewhat monotonous, rather than exciting?
Yes, definitely, more than I want to have had to experience, for sure. From both sides of the stage.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon May 14, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: How to organize dramatic elements in music
Replies: 5
Views: 125

Re: How to organize dramatic elements in music

There are different ways of playing around with the standard forms, blending them into different combinations, and borrowing certain ideas from them to create something that is more original. It may also help you to assimilate what you like from those forms so that the organization of dramatic elem...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon May 14, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: How to organize dramatic elements in music
Replies: 5
Views: 125

Re: How to organize dramatic elements in music

Boneagain - I was thinking along the same lines but you described it with a different take. I guess I didn't stress the importance of contrasts - the Mahler thinking of how he has long periods of lower dramatic impact to build to shorter, big impacts definitely is worth paying attention to. The dude...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon May 14, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yellowstone Vacation Ideas
Replies: 5
Views: 195

Re: Yellowstone Vacation Ideas

About half a day's drive west in eastern Idaho is the Craters Of The Moon National Monument, an awesome volcanic landscape. Really cool to check out.
by AndrewMeronek
Fri May 11, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: How to organize dramatic elements in music
Replies: 5
Views: 125

How to organize dramatic elements in music

Something that is probably one of the most difficult things in music is how to organize dramatic elements in music, at least in music that has a dramatic focus, in contrast to something that is specifically non-dramatic like some minimalism or pop music. This is something I've thought about for a wh...
by AndrewMeronek
Fri May 04, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tilting your head?
Replies: 7
Views: 380

Re: Tilting your head?

Probably. I suspect that much of the time when people develop little quirks like this it isn't just random, but to be able to reach the mouthpiece reasonably with how the trombone sits on the neck/shoulder. Have you tried holding trombones with different width slides?
by AndrewMeronek
Fri May 04, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Keeping the horn steady
Replies: 13
Views: 730

Re: Keeping the horn steady

That James Markey talk is here:



The bit about slide technique starts around 5:30.
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bach Cello suites - do you prefer tenor or bass trombone?
Replies: 12
Views: 507

Re: Bach Cello suites - do you prefer tenor or bass trombone?

baileyman wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:13 pm
I hear them with Mel Lewis on drums...
:good:

I like to play them on whatever instrument, but transpose them appropriately. In concert pitch, bass trombone seems to work best.
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Braces?
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Braces?

Is there a section for trombonist's health here? For now, I figure "modification and repair" of myself may apply: I'm considering getting my teeth straightened out a bit. My lower front teeth are out of alignment, and an wondering if that is affecting my endurance while playing. Essentially, I end u...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Flying with trombone
Replies: 11
Views: 577

Re: Flying with trombone

Travelling with a carry-on soft case may be viable in a lot of cases, as long as the case only includes the trombone and isn't bulky (i.e., not a bass trombone). I've been able to carry on a soft case to an airplane, partially for the simple reason that soft cases take up less room than hard cases. ...
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Do you legato tongue every legato note?
Replies: 14
Views: 628

Re: Do you legato tongue every legato note?

Speaking of artistic preference: IMHO not every note needs to sound the same. Variety of articulations add musical interest, even in "legato only" passages. Let the trombone sound like a trombone.

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