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by baileyman
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Jazz etudes like Snidero
Replies: 2
Views: 88

Re: Jazz etudes like Snidero

Just make sure you find one WRITTEN by a trombone player. Stuff that works great on a sax will both look and sound awkward on a trombone.
by baileyman
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Play Along Suggestions - what do you prefer?
Replies: 10
Views: 536

Re: Play Along Suggestions - what do you prefer?

Make a playlist of everything your favorite trombone jazz soloist has done.

Start it up, and play along with the pros until your guy plays, then rest and listen.

When he's done, play along with the pros some more.
by baileyman
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: clear upper register articulation
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Re: clear upper register articulation

Is it articulating A and above or just getting the notes to sound without blowing your brains out? To get the notes you'll need a smaller space defined by your tongue. More toward the EE than the AH. To articulate, you'll need a tonguing motion that does not disturb the smaller space. Plenty of tong...
by baileyman
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What's the difference between trombone and cello?
Replies: 14
Views: 312

Re: What's the difference between trombone and cello?

It's really hard to play section lead on cello in a big band. :amazed: But seriously not playing both, it sounds like it must be a physical problem to play a rhythmic swinging line on cello. Trombone has a pretty emphatic accent available, but I do not hear cellists doing anything similar. Trombone ...
by baileyman
Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Using an upper register setting all the time
Replies: 23
Views: 768

Re: Using an upper register setting all the time

Tom's experience is similar to mine. I do think I remember Doug saying something on TTF about the process. My motivation became to find a solution to what I now understand as a connection issue. Getting from one note or range to another was a problem. This especially showed up when I could get from ...
by baileyman
Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Mating bells and slides of different brands
Replies: 15
Views: 736

Re: Mating bells and slides of different brands

... I don't know of any others. Seems like an adapter would necessarily make the instrument longer and might result in pitch issues. Such an adapter can be merely a trimmed sheet of brass wrapped around the tenon, diagonally to overlap, or plumber's tape as someone mentioned. The extra length is ti...
by baileyman
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure question
Replies: 18
Views: 618

Re: Embouchure question

Why not experiment? Try building up the mouthpiece profile so it matches your face.

Stuff you could use: tape, silicone sealant, polyurethane glue, plumber's epoxy. You may get something that works, and then you could have someone make something like it in brass.
by baileyman
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Slide
Replies: 44
Views: 1595

Re: Slide

I don't get the long swab thing. Examine the stain and it's all near the tip where all the work happens. I guess the long swab shields the rod, but then it's aluminum, right?, so it cannot harm a slide tube. A small piece of microfiber sized to jam in the tube will clean it out great. Size it hooked...
by baileyman
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Maintaining Your Best Tone Through The Day and The Week
Replies: 8
Views: 312

Re: Maintaining Your Best Tone Through The Day and The Week

During warmup, and during long tones, and any other time you can pay attention to the sound, listen for higher harmonics. These can show up individually, but more generally they sound like "brilliance" or "richness". While listening, squidge your mouthparts around this way and that and keep listenin...
by baileyman
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: resonance approach
Replies: 4
Views: 598

Re: resonance approach

Resonant Single Tonguing I think what I will describe here is well known and old hat to some. If it is to you, please talk about it, as I have not heard it from anybody. Okay. Remember above I described what can be done with the note played by the totally relaxed embouchure. Well, this is about the ...
by baileyman
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Practice routine
Replies: 14
Views: 488

Re: Practice routine

As an amateur player with family and full-time job, I'm happy if I can squeeze in 15 or 30 minutes on one day. ... In the same situation, Al Hermann strongly suggested getting up early, putting in a good practice mute and doing the long tones before everything. Then anything else actually builds on...
by baileyman
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Method Books?
Replies: 4
Views: 243

Re: Method Books?

Faulise?
by baileyman
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Cup mute
Replies: 11
Views: 401

Re: Cup mute

Those are good adjustments as they add some transparency to the mute to allow the long low frequency waves to reach their nodes beyond the bell.
by baileyman
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Best Case out there for a tenor?
Replies: 17
Views: 2221

Re: Best Case out there for a tenor?

Some of the best cases ever were the French style King used for the 2b in the 50s.
by baileyman
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Alternative Big Band Setups?
Replies: 7
Views: 284

Re: Alternative Big Band Setups?

The only good alternative to the traditional setup I see is the one commonly used for recording. A square with sides saxes, bones, trumpets, rhythm playing to the middle. Great for players. Probably less so for listeners. All the great balance California bands use traditional setup.
by baileyman
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Cup mute
Replies: 11
Views: 401

Re: Cup mute

How does it sound? Incidentally, to my ears, most bass trombone cups and straights are too big, too voluminous. They thus emphasize lower overtone frequencies than tenor mutes. The problem is when they are all in the same range, the bass often sounds relatively tubby. For sound I would experiment wi...
by baileyman
Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Mating bells and slides of different brands
Replies: 15
Views: 736

Re: Mating bells and slides of different brands

A selection of taper adapters would match most anything to most anything else. Then use it old school without a locking nut. You get a bump at the joint, but then Bach used that intentionally.
by baileyman
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: D partial: unusable 1st position
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Re: D partial: unusable 1st position

Push the tuning slide in, forget it, and tune with the other slide. If that's not enough, cut the tuning slide down.

John
by baileyman
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue stopping
Replies: 34
Views: 1211

Re: Tongue stopping

GabeLangfur wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:41 am
...What I practice and teach is to make note shapes - including how you start, what happens in the middle, and how you end - always, always, always mindful and deliberate. Then there are no unhealthy habits, there are just choices.

...
What a great way to give someone tools for expressiveness!
by baileyman
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue stopping
Replies: 34
Views: 1211

Re: Tongue stopping

One problem with using a tongue stop that can show up is that the stop is a timing event and it contributes something to rhythm. So in a section, not only does everyone have to have good time on the attack, but also the stop. A way around the clatter of untimed stops is to just stop the air.
by baileyman
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: “Taming” a nickel slide
Replies: 20
Views: 756

Re: “Taming” a nickel slide

The inside tubes are always nickel, aren't they? So is it the small amount of exposed outer plus the crook that is the issue?
by baileyman
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Holton Superbone
Replies: 38
Views: 1305

Re: Holton Superbone

dukesboneman wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:27 pm
Ashley Alexander was the 1st serious player to make this horn really work. Not as a gimmick but as HIS Horn
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What a great link!
by baileyman
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Watrous, Rosolino, Fontana
Replies: 24
Views: 1419

Re: Watrous, Rosolino, Fontana

... Would (stylist) Frank Rosolino play recording sessions today? I doubt it, because it's been suggested that even at the time of his passing his diary was not looking good, and this at a time when there was more room to have a distinctive playing personality. A friend who knew Frank up through th...
by baileyman
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Bill Watrous, Body and Soul
Replies: 4
Views: 279

Re: Bill Watrous, Body and Soul

One of the great things to do with a transcription like this is to chart out the slide positions used, recognizing that Bill was not sawing wood. They illustrate useful pathways to build ideas on, playable pathways. If one can limit their imagination to what can be played on them, much progress can ...
by baileyman
Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Watrous, Rosolino, Fontana
Replies: 24
Views: 1419

Re: Watrous, Rosolino, Fontana

In one of Bill Crow's books he told a story about Carl walking into a club where Jay and Kai were playing, then sitting in for a few.
by baileyman
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Wich rare horn would you buy EVEN...
Replies: 51
Views: 2646

Re: Wich rare horn would you buy EVEN...

An old pro horn. Just pay the asking price and enjoy.
by baileyman
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: flexibility
Replies: 2
Views: 330

Re: flexibility

Brad's book is now on my stand as a regular rotator after a flex workout. What I like about it is that it forces new coordination pathways because the sequence of notes is new compared to workout exercises. The major part of that is to lead the next note with tongue tuning. Then they follow effortle...
by baileyman
Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Slide Technique Resources
Replies: 6
Views: 395

Re: Slide Technique Resources

Where within the hour does he talk about slide technique?
by baileyman
Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: how to develop endurance
Replies: 9
Views: 604

Re: how to develop endurance

Tough subject. It's tempting to think it's an athletic training issue. But having been where endurance was hard work and now where it feels like hardly working, I'm wondering how could I have gotten here easier. I think I would try to find the note that takes the least effort to play. This one would...
by baileyman
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: High range to low range
Replies: 30
Views: 1112

Re: High range to low range

Bassbonechandler wrote:
Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:22 pm
What about a frown embouchure? Or is that what you mean. I tend to frown when I go to b flat 4 and higher.
Frank Rosolino frowned pretty well up there.
by baileyman
Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Slide Technique Resources
Replies: 6
Views: 395

Re: Slide Technique Resources

Several things have shown up over time: * I remember a video of JJ playing where he did a slide trill by flinging the bar from thumb to finger, which was quite remarkable. He did that fairly often. * Sam Burtis has a huge discussion in Time and Connections along with beaucoup exercises. * Tom Malone...
by baileyman
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What do you do when people don't like your sound?
Replies: 26
Views: 1114

Re: What do you do when people don't like your sound?

... I've been listening to recordings of the past concert and some I have of a previous concert. I was specifically looking for the things Doug and Tom mentioned. Intonation, articulation and time. I noticed frequently things would sometimes get swimmy with the time (not necessarily always my fault...
by baileyman
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Williams Experts...help!
Replies: 10
Views: 947

Re: Williams Experts...help!

The pics on this other post seem to indicate plated brass.

https://www.trombonechat.com/viewtopic. ... 2928705204
by baileyman
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: High range to low range
Replies: 30
Views: 1112

Re: High range to low range

Sam Burtis has numerous exercises designed to enable one to navigate the basic problem of starting in one place, going away, and then getting back. He calls it "connection". Incidentally, it's great to do things at slow speed, even super slow, to navigate the movement necessary to connect things. Bu...
by baileyman
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: flexibility
Replies: 2
Views: 330

flexibility

I feel like I have a tiger by the tail these days. On my stand right now is Scott Whitfield's book "Blow Freely". It's available from him and the last time I was at Horn Guys they had it. I see it on their website https://www.hornguys.com/collections/trombone-methods-studies/products/blow-freely-met...
by baileyman
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Mini-Bass bone demo
Replies: 18
Views: 787

Re: Mini-Bass bone demo

I do not play bass (though I have one), but on seeing the 350C I almost immediately thought about how bass guys complain about low C and B and then that such a design in bass might alleviate the issues. I happy to see that idea had validity! Great job!
by baileyman
Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Building range
Replies: 4
Views: 305

Re: Building range

Interesting method. It seems there are lots of things one could work to the same effect. One thing to try is to raise the back of the tongue to limit the passage of air into the mouth. The size of the passage can approximate the size of the throat on the mouthpiece. An immediate benefit of this is t...
by baileyman
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Mouthpiece buzzing
Replies: 24
Views: 1117

Re: Mouthpiece buzzing

I'll do it once in a while, freebuzz, too. I used to do it a lot more till I realized it was leading me in the direction of muscling the pitches. And then I found it only approximates how the horn operates. It's not the same pitchwise. I find the horn much more useful now. However, if I were intere...
by baileyman
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Mouthpiece buzzing
Replies: 24
Views: 1117

Re: Mouthpiece buzzing

I'll do it once in a while, freebuzz, too. I used to do it a lot more till I realized it was leading me in the direction of muscling the pitches. And then I found it only approximates how the horn operates. It's not the same pitchwise. I find the horn much more useful now. However, if I were interes...
by baileyman
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Db bass trombone!
Replies: 187
Views: 7121

Re: Db bass trombone!

My ears like your mid and high sound very much. It may be that we are entrained on the sound of a long bass in that range, thinking what we have always heard must be normal and correct.
by baileyman
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Jazz trombone advice?
Replies: 18
Views: 1186

Re: Jazz trombone advice?

The dilemma seems to be that sure, you can get that lead sound on the xeno, but it happens at a volume that is way too loud for the band. Then the right lower volume sounds too dark, no edge. The edge for a smaller horn shows up at a lower volume. It conveys an illusion of volume, and it makes for v...
by baileyman
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Db bass trombone!
Replies: 187
Views: 7121

Re: Db bass trombone!

It would be really interesting if the double pedals spoke well.
by baileyman
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: 7/16-24: Road trip to NYC; things to do in/along the way.
Replies: 4
Views: 325

Re: 7/16-24: Road trip to NYC; things to do in/along the way.

Take music, stuffed ipods for instance, as it's a radio wasteland.

And remember 11 parallels 81 in case of backups, which spontaneously generate.
by baileyman
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: resonance approach
Replies: 4
Views: 598

resonance approach

This thing I call "the resonance approach" may be best understood in contrast. It all starts with changing partials. As I have written before, there seem to be three basic ways to change partials. To go up, add air, tighten chops, or tune the mouth cavity for the next partial. Please let me know if ...
by baileyman
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 1609

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

My capacity is well down on where it was 40 years ago.... but I can still play a note for longer than most of my pupils.... over the years you gradually learn to make the best of what you've got. Chris Exactly. It is more about efficiency than air flow. The function of air is solely to drive the vi...
by baileyman
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Most efficient way of learning a fast passage
Replies: 7
Views: 447

Re: Most efficient way of learning a fast passage

I like to go back and forth between "at tempo" in small chunks, and half tempo. Also, work on it with different articulations including no articulation. Getting good at it in different contexts makes it comfortable. Works for me! And 1/4 tempo can also be helpful. And locking into tempo with a seri...
by baileyman
Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Which Bach model is this?
Replies: 25
Views: 1141

Re: Which Bach model is this?

Large looking piece receiver, short looking nick pipe, seems 42.
by baileyman
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bach Lightweight Slide Pictures
Replies: 24
Views: 1418

Re: Bach Lightweight Slide Pictures

Is the the weight of the slide tubes reduced, by making them thinner as well? Usually no. Bach is an exception, sort of, because their lightweight slides are made out of nickel instead of yellow brass. ... My factory light MV9 has gold brass tubes, yellow crook, nickel silver fittings. Fetching.

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