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by AndrewMeronek
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Printers for music
Replies: 3
Views: 69

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: 1408

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: 3
Views: 69

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: 333

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: 5
Views: 148

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: 10
Views: 295

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: 333

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: 273

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: 237

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: 259

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: 259

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: 259

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: 273

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: 189

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: 25
Views: 815

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: 25
Views: 815

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: 221

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: 433

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: 175

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: 333

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: 333

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: 333

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: 275

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: 333

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: 490

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: 830

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: 640

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: 271

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: 673

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: 755

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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