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by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info
Replies: 26
Views: 586

Re: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info

So, someone is allowed to fabricate their own Army Blues CDs and sell them to whatever profit they desire? I'm not talking about reselling already bought CDs.

That doesn't sound right.
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info
Replies: 26
Views: 586

Re: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info

If you have something and somebody else wants to pay for it, you can sell it. Copyright gets involved when you want to replicate it or broadcast it. I've bought lots of Mozart and Beethoven symphonies, both sheet music and recordings. It's all Public Domain music, but the folks who printed the shee...
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info
Replies: 26
Views: 586

Re: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info

Surely this doesn't apply to private transactions that occur after the initial purchase? I read this as saying the initial sale by the military cannot cost more than the price to produce and distribute. What someone does after that is their own business. (both figuratively, and possibly literally :...
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info
Replies: 26
Views: 586

Re: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info

I haven't found the tidbit of legalese saying that military band recordings belong to the public domain, but second-hand Googling does reinforce this. Are you allowed to sell public domain property for your own profit without modifying it (and hence creating original work)?
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Beethoven 9th Symphony - Alto or Tenor
Replies: 3
Views: 204

Re: Beethoven 9th Symphony - Alto or Tenor

I'd make the alto work, but if there isn't enough time, I'd go with a small bore tenor. Remember that the German writing from this period assumed 3 different timbres from the trombone section, and this was an intended tool for blending between trombones and other sections.
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info
Replies: 26
Views: 586

Re: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info

I was able to find this tidbit of legalese: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/10/974 (c)Recordings.— (1) When authorized under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense for purposes of this section, a military musical unit may produce recordings for distribution to the public, at a co...
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info
Replies: 26
Views: 586

Re: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info

U.S. Military albums are public domain, and people selling them for profit technically are committing a copyright crime. Contact the band directly, through military channels. They will be able to make copies and send you one. http://www.music.af.mil/Bands/The-United-States-Air-Force-Band/Ensembles/A...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Who's going to ITF?
Replies: 4
Views: 593

Re: Who's going to ITF?

Dammit. I should have thought about this before now.

https://www.trombone.net/festival/

Apparently, it's July 11-14. :shuffle:
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?
Replies: 11
Views: 388

Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Some of my favorites, specific to jazz improv:

Jack Teagarden
Carl Fontana
Frank Rosolino
John Allred
Scott Whitfield
John Fedchock
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Home Improvement: Gutter cleaning
Replies: 7
Views: 356

Re: Home Improvement: Gutter cleaning

On the flip side, instead of gutters on the roof, you can install protective concrete or something like that on the ground surrounding your house so the roof drainage doesn't dissolve the soil around your basement walls.
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Intonation, drones, and equal temperament
Replies: 1
Views: 145

Re: Intonation, drones, and equal temperament

Sure, that makes sense.

Can your tuner do other temperaments than 12ET?

>-D
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Having books spiral bound?
Replies: 17
Views: 483

Re: Having books spiral bound?

Spiral binding is great for a person with a small amount of binding. I have a spiral binding apparatus. The trickiest thing is, if the book to be bound is too thick for a single punch, making sure successive punches go in the same spot. Which is to say, it's not that tricky. I do recommend plastic s...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: How much for charts?
Replies: 12
Views: 356

Re: How much for charts?

Assuming a new cost of $75/arrangement, what would you pay? Original, commercially available stuff, like, say, a Mintzer chart. Commercially available? I would think the cost shouldn't be more than to buy them freshly printed out from a commercial source, unless they have a lot of special notes wri...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Creating an Orchestra Manager / Ideas?
Replies: 12
Views: 336

Re: Creating an Orchestra Manager / Ideas?

cozzagiorgi wrote:
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:19 am
Any other stuff you would like to see in such a program?
Sub lists.
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: What Symphonies should I listen to?
Replies: 8
Views: 335

Re: What Symphonies should I listen to?

For fun, the Chicago Symphony released a 108 CD box set last year of the complete recordings with Georg Solti. For ~$3 per disc it is a great value and will get you a complete Beethoven cycle, Mahler cycle, and Bruckner cycle plus another 50+ hours of other recordings. Great way to hear ~30 years o...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Home Improvement: Gutter cleaning
Replies: 7
Views: 356

Re: Home Improvement: Gutter cleaning

Sounds like a good idea, but I would suggest seeing them tested first. My biggest concern is weight: if the gutters get filled up with needles or ice or whatever, does that mass make them impossible to flip? Can a bird build a nest in a hinge? How can the locks on the hinges fail so that the gutters...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: Anonymity
Replies: 20
Views: 1528

Re: Anonymity

I believe that while real names shouldn't be required, using them is generally a good idea. We, as musicians, need every bit of marketing we can muster. Plus, using one's real name adds incentive to say things that you're willing to own up to. You know: being adults.
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Printers for music
Replies: 18
Views: 563

Re: Printers for music

Eh, no thanks. I don't plan on buying Chinese knockoffs.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Favorite Mouthpieces?
Replies: 41
Views: 2147

Re: Favorite Mouthpieces?

IMHO I have 3 series of mouthpieces that I consider to be the best:

Doug Elliot's stuff.
Denis Wick Heritage series. Not the standard line - the ones with extremely thin rims.
Wedges.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Printers for music
Replies: 18
Views: 563

Printers for music

I'm looking to replace my Lexmark E120 laser printer. It's actually performed well, but I'm highly annoyed at Lexmark's cost to replace the toner cartridges. I don't do much photo printing; I just need monochrome printing, and perferrably with a printer that can handle double-sized paper (11"x17" or...
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: How to organize dramatic elements in music
Replies: 12
Views: 628

Re: How to organize dramatic elements in music

I ran across this nice video blog by David Bruce on this subject:

by AndrewMeronek
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Listening and learning by ear, alto
Replies: 6
Views: 343

Re: Listening and learning by ear, alto

It probably depends on what your goals are. If one of the goals is to get more physical and aural comfort with the alto, then yes. I'm also thinking in terms of sight-reading, that when I sight-read, I don't really think to myself note names any more; I kind of "pre-sing" the phrase as I read it, wh...
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Any tips for transposing alto to bass clef?
Replies: 11
Views: 645

Re: Any tips for transposing alto to bass clef?

One step plus one octave. Remember that the Alto Clef is a C clef, meaning the C goes through the middle.

Long term, it's easier to just memorize the alto clef as its own unique thing. Congrats on grabbing an alto trombone. They're great! :good:
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: How to organize dramatic elements in music
Replies: 12
Views: 628

Re: How to organize dramatic elements in music

I've been asked on several occasions by people after a performance if what they heard was excellent? They just couldn't hear the difference between a 19 year old kids with a few years of lessons and a professional soloist. This may be true, but I think it's worth considering that typical people are...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: 9 Ways to Protect Your Ears and Hearing Health
Replies: 5
Views: 431

Re: 9 Ways to Protect Your Ears and Hearing Health

I use Surefire EP5s. I tried the custom molded musicians' earplugs several years ago and I didn't find that they were really any better than a good set of triple-flanged earplugs. It is important to get the earplugs sized to your ear canals correctly, and your ears may require two different sizes. T...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: The Johan Stengård Jazz Big Band
Replies: 3
Views: 367

Re: The Johan Stengård Jazz Big Band

Yeah, good band. Kinda weird to see that piece without seeing people cutting a rug to it.
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Doodle tonguing in different ranges
Replies: 7
Views: 443

Re: Doodle tonguing in different ranges

Baileyman - yeah, that's pretty much my take as well. I'm wondering if my doodling is causing my vowel to shift in that register due to the tongue motion. Practicing some different placements for the "l" syllable to see if I can get less severe arch in the center/back of my tongue, to be more simila...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Doodle tonguing in different ranges
Replies: 7
Views: 443

Re: Doodle tonguing in different ranges

From one of the masters:
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Doodle tonguing in different ranges
Replies: 7
Views: 443

Doodle tonguing in different ranges

Doing some articulation/speed exercises, and I realized today that in my high range, while my regular tongue location doesn't really have to change where the tip contacts my hard palette behind my teeth, during doodle tonguing this contact point creeps back in my mouth, and is probably the reason wh...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: 9 Ways to Protect Your Ears and Hearing Health
Replies: 5
Views: 431

9 Ways to Protect Your Ears and Hearing Health

Found this article, seems like pretty good advice. IMHO this kind of stuff is required knowledge for any musician.

https://www.earq.com/blog/9-ways-to-protect-your-ears
by AndrewMeronek
Wed May 30, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Video: The Art of the Impossible: MC Escher and Me - Secret Knowledge
Replies: 3
Views: 280

Video: The Art of the Impossible: MC Escher and Me - Secret Knowledge

IMHO this is some seriously awesome stuff. I don’t know much about the guy, but I’ve always thought Escher’s art was pretty neat. I knew he liked to play with geometry, but I didn’t realize just how much. Wow. Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7kW8xd8p4s Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun May 27, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!
Replies: 35
Views: 1479

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

It's probably more appropriate to start a separate thread on sharing which of the swing-era tunes are fun to play and to listen to, but here's a kind suggestion from Artie Shaw's book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qf1Zrm2fASM The musician in me suggests it's too bad that Artie Shaw got burned out...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun May 27, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!
Replies: 35
Views: 1479

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

I play in a big band (Rhythm Society Orchestra) that has become a pretty solid staple of the Detroit area swing scene, and the band has people in it from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some players are stronger than others, but as long as everyone plays what they need to and aren't adverse to giving...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun May 27, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Brass instrument (lip reed) acoustics: an introduction
Replies: 2
Views: 323

Brass instrument (lip reed) acoustics: an introduction

I just came across this excellent overview of how brass instruments work, from a physics perspective. I gotta give props to the University Of New South Wales Physics department for all the work involved in putting this together:

http://newt.phys.unsw.edu.au/jw/brassacoustics.html
by AndrewMeronek
Wed May 16, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teaching Jazz
Replies: 6
Views: 606

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: 271

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: 12
Views: 628

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: 12
Views: 628

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: 12
Views: 628

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: 6
Views: 434

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: 12
Views: 628

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: 657

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: 1063

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: 840

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: 359

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: 843

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: 976

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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