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by BurckhardtS
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Morning Chops
Replies: 9
Views: 229

Re: Morning Chops

I used to need almost an entire hour or even longer to feel comfortable to play even functionally in a rehearsal setting. I started working on my chops and got a lot more efficient and smart with how I play, and after a long while of developing, I honestly don't need to 'warm up' before a rehearsal ...
by BurckhardtS
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Airmen of Note 1989 concert
Replies: 6
Views: 248

Re: Airmen of Note 1989 concert

Great playing! Great tune/arrangement as well. What tune is it?
by BurckhardtS
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Using an upper register setting all the time
Replies: 23
Views: 733

Re: Using an upper register setting all the time

Unfortunately I had a good high range from the off, a bad thing because (at that time) a high range was often seen as a marker for a good embouchure, which was not true in my case.. IMO, the ideal is a high register that's supported by a strong flexible mid-range, the "cash register". This is one o...
by BurckhardtS
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Doug Elliott’s film “The Brass Player’s Embouchure”
Replies: 12
Views: 365

Re: Doug Elliott’s film “The Brass Player’s Embouchure”

With easy access to digital cameras and film editing software, another project like that might not be as prohibitive as it was before, unless you filmed in high-speed in the original video. High-speed cameras can be expensive. I would love to see a modern version!
by BurckhardtS
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 142
Views: 6629

Re: What we're doing

The drum set thing is not actually as bad as I make it out to be. It's pretty loud sometimes, but mostly during the shouts when the drummer is doing ensemble punches and loud set-ups. I usually just wear an earplug in my right ear during the shout sections, and it's not unreasonable at other times.
by BurckhardtS
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 142
Views: 6629

Re: What we're doing

Substituting in a regional orchestra this week, and speaking of that long post I made about jazz band setups and how the 2nd player gets wrecked by the drum set, guess what chair I get to play this quarter...
by BurckhardtS
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Big band charts suggestions that will get the crowd dancing.
Replies: 15
Views: 346

Re: Big band charts suggestions that will get the crowd dancing.

My suggestion is that all big band musicians who play for dances should take at least a few swing and ballroom dance lessons so they have a small clue what their role is. Then you might not have to ask the question. It's fun too! The few times I've played in dance band we've usually carried a coupl...
by BurckhardtS
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Beethoven 9th Symphony - Alto or Tenor
Replies: 16
Views: 903

Re: Beethoven 9th Symphony - Alto or Tenor

It's the age old debate between 'what is historically accurate' and 'what sounds the best'. Maybe 'what's practical' too. I don't believe there is a right or wrong answer. I think the only people that can help you make the decision are the people around you, in your section and orchestra, and the mu...
by BurckhardtS
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Practice routine
Replies: 14
Views: 465

Re: Practice routine

Another value of timing my practice for me lets me not get stuck on one thing and keeps me focused. I break down and plan my practice so that I have a goal to accomplish in each session.
by BurckhardtS
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Practice routine
Replies: 14
Views: 465

Re: Practice routine

I usually do 2 or 3 sets a day, depending what I need to do. First set is warm up/routine/mechanics, second/3rd set is etudes/music. I time my practice dependent on the day, I alternate hard days and easy days. Easy days I usually only warm up for 15-20 minutes, and the 2nd and third set are not sup...
by BurckhardtS
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 142
Views: 6629

Re: What we're doing

Start classes on Wednesday, have auditions for ensemble placement on Thursday (big bands) and Friday (classical ensembles). Then I get to start cranking away on the Bourgeois III for my recital this fall.
by BurckhardtS
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Alternative Big Band Setups?
Replies: 7
Views: 272

Re: Alternative Big Band Setups?

Usually the most 'common' big band set up is used with risers, so that the trombones are above the saxes, and the trumpets are on the risers behind the trombones standing, so their bells are (probably) above our heads. If you don't have access to risers, getting the trombones on tall stools is just ...
by BurckhardtS
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece Comparison Charts
Replies: 27
Views: 1157

Re: Mouthpiece Comparison Charts

For most players, the typical variation between samples (and/or variation from published specs) of mouthpieces by some of the relatively major manufacturers is enough to make the difference between playable and unplayable. What use is somebody's opinion of their particular mouthpiece when is has al...
by BurckhardtS
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: A very unusual trumpet embouchure
Replies: 18
Views: 676

Re: A very unusual trumpet embouchure

I know a trumpet player in Vancouver (BC) that has a similar look, looks like a pretty low placement, but pretty clear IIIA pivot. Great player as well.
by BurckhardtS
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: A very unusual trumpet embouchure
Replies: 18
Views: 676

Re: A very unusual trumpet embouchure

Exactly. In 'old school' Reinhardt terms, he looks like a IV in terms of placement, with a IIIA pivot.

I'd be interested to see what it looks like in a transparent mouthpiece. It might be more IIIA like 'under the hood'
by BurckhardtS
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: FS: Greg Black NY 1.5
Replies: 3
Views: 443

Re: FS: Greg Black NY 1.5

Sold! Thanks!
by BurckhardtS
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: FS: Greg Black NY 1.5
Replies: 3
Views: 443

Re: FS: Greg Black NY 1.5

I'll go $100 + whatever the shipping is to the CONUS.

I'll provide pictures if people would like that.
by BurckhardtS
Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue stopping
Replies: 34
Views: 1198

Re: Tongue stopping

I don't think I ever use the tongue or glottis to stop a note unless it's part of starting the next note as a series of staccato notes, or I specifically need a special effect. I just stop the air, which feels like using a tiny inhale as an immediate reversal to have the same effect. It has always ...
by BurckhardtS
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 142
Views: 6629

Re: What we're doing

I'm playing a big band gig in Maple Valley and Snoqualmie this weekend, and then going to the Vancouver Trombone Week next week. I'll be back, and two more big band gigs @ our local Rodeo (yee haw), and then school's basically back at that point...
by BurckhardtS
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: FS: Greg Black NY 1.5
Replies: 3
Views: 443

FS: Greg Black NY 1.5

I have a Greg Black New York 1.5 that I would like to part ways with. I bought it new, and daily drove it for the last 6 months, but it's overall just not what I'm looking for. Great mouthpiece for someone who needs a big rim. I'll let it go for $120.

Sascha
by BurckhardtS
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Ain't eBay wonderful?
Replies: 16
Views: 1148

Re: Ain't eBay wonderful?

LOL! What do you think Doug??? Think we've finally found a trumpet Type III?

On a serious note, I did buy my YSL-354 I use for jazz for $150 on eBay...
by BurckhardtS
Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: criteria for increasing flexibility speed
Replies: 13
Views: 662

Re: criteria for increasing flexibility speed

I think efficiency is the key to speed, where both correct form (embouchure mechanics) and strength meet. There is a lot of good posts here, but keep in mind for it to be fast, it has to be easy for you already and it can't be that way if you have bad form or not enough strength to do it in the firs...
by BurckhardtS
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Alessi music studios reviews?
Replies: 8
Views: 536

Re: Alessi music studios reviews?

I have a student subscription, which is just a discounted version of the full subscription. There is a lot of great stuff in there, but it is far from complete. There are a lot of video tutorials which explain his technique to playing and approach well, but the 'Orchestra Machine' and 'Excerpt Recor...
by BurckhardtS
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Bob Williams 6
Replies: 5
Views: 805

Re: FS: Bob Williams 6

I think I played on this Williams at the 2017 ITF, and I remember thinking if I had the money I would pick it up immediately...
by BurckhardtS
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 1353

Re: Mouthpiece suggestions

As a student, I play on a large rim on my small tenor. I play Doug's XT106C+3. It's large, but I have no problem getting an 'idiomatic' sound with it. Then I don't have to spend the practice time getting used to switching rim sizes, which I used to do and was a huge struggle because I would never fe...
by BurckhardtS
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Mahler's Kindertotenlieder on Bass
Replies: 6
Views: 522

Re: Mahler's Kindertotenlieder on Bass

The easiest way would probably just to play them as written and with the original piano reduction. That piece is well enough known that there is probably a piano version. Transpose at the octave where it makes sense to avoid extreme ranges, but make sure you do it in a way that makes musical sense (...
by BurckhardtS
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 142
Views: 6629

Re: What we're doing

A couple weeks late, but here we go: Great year at CWU. Played a 'music department showcase' concert which featured our Jazz 1, Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. I played bass trombone in Jazz 1 and we played a killer lobby set, and the Wind Ensemble performed Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, which...
by BurckhardtS
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Advise for Marching Trombone (Corps Style)
Replies: 17
Views: 826

Re: Advise for Marching Trombone (Corps Style)

I would like to point out that a Schilke 51D is a very deep cup and really not at all a trombone mouthpiece. I had one at one point and I felt like I couldn't get any clarity.
by BurckhardtS
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Trouble with Slide, Bach 42BO
Replies: 16
Views: 1129

Re: Trouble with Slide, Bach 42BO

One thing that has really helped keep my slide in shape (and a tech can correct/delete this post if I'm wrong) is that when you swab it out with a cleaning rod, you need to do it straight, and fairly aggressively. Obviously you don't want to warp your slide, but if I remember correctly on the Edward...
by BurckhardtS
Tue May 15, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Transport mutes/stands etc.
Replies: 20
Views: 1471

Re: Transport mutes/stands etc.

I transport my music, mutes, trombone stand and other accessories in a laptop bag that I basically repurposed into a mute bag, similar to one of the pro-tec ones.
by BurckhardtS
Tue May 15, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats
Replies: 42
Views: 2999

Re: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats

I have a conductor for our university wind ensemble who is a fantastic musician with a VERY good set of ears, especially in terms of ensemble cohesion, but relegates the low brass to play nowhere near the dynamics printed (not even timbrally speaking) because we are have 5 players in our section as ...

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