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by timothy42b
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Cleaning a Yamaha rotary valve
Replies: 28
Views: 1667

Re: Cleaning a Yamaha rotary valve

Bach5G wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:56 pm
I found a wooden mallet at a Michael’s. In the leatherworks section.
Crab mallet, about $5 at Walmart.
by timothy42b
Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Recommended score readers for iPad
Replies: 5
Views: 602

Re: Recommended score readers for iPad

If you aren't on Apple, Mobilesheets is very good. I'm using it on a Kindle Fire 10. That's big enough for home use, I probably need the 12.9 if I were still playing anywhere, so might have to go iPad and forScore. I wanted to go with a 2n1 Chromebook but most of them have discontinued the 3:2 displ...
by timothy42b
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Extended length Slide?
Replies: 41
Views: 2188

Re: Extended length Slide?

Just found this with a simple Google search of "Does mass impact pitch?" https://www.csun.edu/~vcoao0el/webct/de361s71_folder/tsld004.html To summarize.....as mass increases, pitch decreases. Think of the mass on a man's vocal cords versus a woman's vocal chords of the same length. This is correct....
by timothy42b
Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How to practice the Arban book
Replies: 24
Views: 1570

Re: How to practice the Arban book

One thing I would suggest is to play some of the exercises in other keys. Jim Scott That was one of the complaints of that trumpet teacher I linked to. His other complaint was the lack of any high range. He solved both by rewriting the PD version from IMSLP in many more keys. He calls it New Arbans...
by timothy42b
Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Extended length Slide?
Replies: 41
Views: 2188

Re: Extended length Slide?

Balance weight lowering pitch is new to me, and to physics, and as far as I know to trombone players in general. I've heard many many assertions that mass affects timbre, but pitch is a new claim. I can't see a reason why it would work, and fall back on the old dictum "extraordinary claims demand ex...
by timothy42b
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How to practice the Arban book
Replies: 24
Views: 1570

Re: How to practice the Arban book

Here is a pretty good approach: http://www.bbtrumpet.com/how-to-practice-arban-clarke-schlossberg/ For extra credit, use a trumpet book (or the public domain IMSLP). Go through the first time reading as Bb treble. Second time as alto, third time mezzo soprano. That will take about a year and a half ...
by timothy42b
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How to practice the Arban book
Replies: 24
Views: 1570

Re: How to practice the Arban book

There are 8 sections.

You do one page of each for a week and then move on. In 30 odd weeks you've gone through it. There's a sheet somewhere with the page numbers by a trumpet player, I'll see if I can find it.
by timothy42b
Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:56 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Extended length Slide?
Replies: 41
Views: 2188

Re: Extended length Slide?

What’s some other solutions? I’m in florida and it’s constantly like 90 degrees and i’m always at least 20 cents sharp with my tuning slide as far out as it can be Super hot outside temperatures are the only reason I ever move the tuning slide, the rest of the time it's all the way in. But really, ...
by timothy42b
Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: "Un" Soldering a bell?
Replies: 13
Views: 845

Re: "Un" Soldering a bell?

But that makes comparison between soldered and unsoldered muddier because there are so many other factors that can show differences in how the two bells play. Get two unsoldered bells and compare. I haven't done it but I'll bet they are different. Then get two soldered bells and compare. Ditto. The...
by timothy42b
Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Safety Razor Question
Replies: 15
Views: 1004

Re: Safety Razor Question

Nicks on what is essentially part of our instrument are a reality, so we can either reduce them as far as possible with the best blades, or go electric. I went electric over this years ago and haven't regretted it.
by timothy42b
Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Maintenance on TIS slides
Replies: 17
Views: 991

Re: Maintenance on TIS slides

I kind of like the idea of an alto without a main tuning slide, in theory anyway, as long as it is short enough to always get in tune. Using alternates to avoid 1st is a pain on alto. I also wonder if you really need a water valve at all on an alto. The slide is short enough to just yank it off and ...
by timothy42b
Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Maintenance on TIS slides
Replies: 17
Views: 991

Re: Maintenance on TIS slides

Hmm. If you leave your main tuning slide all the way in anyway on a nonTIS horn, doesn't the same apply here? You would never move the TIS mechanism? So maintenance would be minimal. Of course you don't have a main tuning slide on a TIS horn, IIRC, so you'd need to adjust for extreme heat/cold, but ...
by timothy42b
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone
Replies: 333
Views: 21241

Re: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone

I think there are probably two kinds of harm in racist art (as opposed to more direct harm like not being hired, not being able to rent, not getting access to justice system, etc.) One is the effect of offending members of the group. The other is the effect of encouraging racism on the part of other...
by timothy42b
Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Red rot mitigation
Replies: 42
Views: 2170

Re: Red rot mitigation

When the zinc is removed from the brass alloy, the remaining copper is oxidized and is not solderable. It also is very brittle, which is why holes develop easily. This is not galvanic action like electroplating. There's no battery or wires involved. I think it is probably galvanic, but as you say c...
by timothy42b
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Red rot mitigation
Replies: 42
Views: 2170

Re: Red rot mitigation

What happens is that the solder prevents the red rot from migrating to the patch. Red rot is caused by something (usually moisture with some acidity) extracting the zinc from the brass. Kind of a nitpick, but I think the moisture facilitates the zinc extraction by allowing electrical current, rathe...
by timothy42b
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Red rot mitigation
Replies: 42
Views: 2170

Re: Red rot mitigation

Rivet? Sure. Say you can drill out the rot with a 1/4" bit. Then insert a small piece of 1/4" brass rod. At this point, silver solder it in or not (not sure). Continue, using a suitable anvil and hammer, pound the disk, expanding its diameter (riveting). Then file the disk flat in contour with the ...
by timothy42b
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Red rot mitigation
Replies: 42
Views: 2170

Re: Red rot mitigation

Elow wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:35 am
What’s the harm in just replacing the part?
Grandfather's axe.
by timothy42b
Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Red rot mitigation
Replies: 42
Views: 2170

Re: Red rot mitigation

Other things being equal, IMO moisture is the enemy of brass. I don't see how a horn is going to dry out packed in a case. If children, pets, and general clumsiness allow I think the best storage is probably on a stand with outer slide pulled off and hung on the handslide brace. I started doing that...
by timothy42b
Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone
Replies: 333
Views: 21241

Re: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone

I have little to add to the conversation at this point. Perhaps a couple of thoughts: I ducked out when it became clear only one opinion without nuances was allowed, and was harassed publicly AND privately. I don't disagree with not playing Lassus but there are many pieces and composers more egregi...
by timothy42b
Wed Aug 12, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Keys for self-taught
Replies: 10
Views: 1057

Re: Keys for self-taught

You mentioned you already have a MIDI keyboard. Is it more of a touch pad system, or is it set up like a standard piano keyboard? If you are just using it for midi input, I don't think weighted keys are really necessary. When my kids took piano lessons their progress took off when we got a digital ...
by timothy42b
Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Snake oil instead of good teaching?
Replies: 86
Views: 5797

Re: Snake oil instead of good teaching?

I was curious so I googled. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snake_oil It's not so clear if snake oil ever came from snakes. It seems unlikely in the US, but in 18th century UK there are references to "viper oil" for curing rheumatism, etc. (nonspecific illnesses that wax and wane naturally so are well...
by timothy42b
Mon Aug 10, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Help with recording
Replies: 15
Views: 1317

Re: Help with recording

Any how does anybody really know that "NONE of them sound like what you actually sound like" since you can't actually hear yourself from a distance? I've always wondered that! And then I heard Christopher Bill say that trombone is not that complex a sound and not that hard to mike. Hmmm. I do think...
by timothy42b
Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Help with recording
Replies: 15
Views: 1317

Re: Help with recording

Also pick the right room. Huge difference! probably more than the mike.
by timothy42b
Sat Aug 08, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Help with recording
Replies: 15
Views: 1317

Re: Help with recording

I use a Zoom H2.

At home I connect it directly to the laptop and record on Audacity rather than on the internal memory.

At concerts and rehearsal it records onto an SD card so you have a handy portable digital recorder as well as a USB microphone for home use.
by timothy42b
Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: How novice is my perspective?
Replies: 7
Views: 682

Re: How novice is my perspective?

Two things to remember: Measure twice cut once. Not the other way around. (a real carpenter never measures. He puts the wood in place and marks it, eliminating the wrong measurement mistake. I'm replacing studs and sill plate in my shed, and that's what I'm doing even though I'm not a real carpenter...
by timothy42b
Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Snake oil instead of good teaching?
Replies: 86
Views: 5797

Re: Snake oil instead of good teaching?

Check out the Doug Yeo article and/or follow up the links in that article to see what else the Max Planck brass research guys have been up to since 2017. I think the fundamentals of brass playing are pretty similar across the various instruments. I'd like to see Dave Wilken's embouchure type videos...
by timothy42b
Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Snake oil instead of good teaching?
Replies: 86
Views: 5797

Re: Snake oil instead of good teaching?

I've known a number of excellent players who weren't good teachers. I've also known great players who were excellent teachers for advanced players but were awful with beginners. I think sometimes it's not so much that the teacher is bad, but that there is a mismatch between the learning style and t...
by timothy42b
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Snake oil instead of good teaching?
Replies: 86
Views: 5797

Re: Snake oil instead of good teaching?

I may have seen that comment. I may even have said something, not sure. Sometimes I comment, sometimes I refrain from futility. 20 to 1 equipment over embouchure is bad, but if it's the same FB I'm thinking about there are also a number of people who believe more air solves everything, and everybody...
by timothy42b
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Trombone materials
Replies: 5
Views: 557

Re: Trombone materials

There is no prediction you can make about how a given trombone will play based on the material.

You just have to try them. Sorry, but there are way too many exceptions to any common wisdom about what any alloy does.
by timothy42b
Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Advice needed on inner wear
Replies: 35
Views: 1953

Re: Advice needed on inner wear

That looks like corrosion to me.
by timothy42b
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Measured Open Breathing For Wind Musicians
Replies: 3
Views: 619

Re: Measured Open Breathing For Wind Musicians

Good observation. I don't think we can get better at speaking without video, but it's incredibly uncomfortable. Worse than playing. James Nestor in the book Breath says the healthiest breathing is through the nose at 5.5 seconds in and 5.5 seconds out. But he doesn't play bass trombone. And then the...
by timothy42b
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tuning Tips
Replies: 32
Views: 4168

Re: Tuning Tips

Does it matter whether you're reading music or not? I recently recorded a hymn for our virtual church services. I think I sounded pretty good, for me anyway, and it was a straight run through so I didn't go back and fix any inconsistent articulations. So there are some chips. I played the melody on ...
by timothy42b
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Farkas style trombone mouthpiece
Replies: 24
Views: 2092

Re: Farkas style trombone mouthpiece

And on that tiny little mouthpiece they play way down into the bass trombone range with power.
by timothy42b
Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Legality of Digital Reader use
Replies: 3
Views: 487

Re: Legality of Digital Reader use

The rules are relaxed a bit for schools, which can have a loophole for educational use. Yes and that's why I asked on Facebook where some university teachers hangout. This is not educational use so that exemption is out. Schools did have a loophole that allowed performance as long as admission was ...
by timothy42b
Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Legality of Digital Reader use
Replies: 3
Views: 487

Legality of Digital Reader use

I have a Kindle Fire 10 and am moving my practice music to it. I use Mobilesheets for the library program and the pieces are in PDF format. Works great. I wish I'd done it long ago. I also see ensemble performances where players have tablets on their stands instead of sheet music. I would like to go...
by timothy42b
Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tuning Tips
Replies: 32
Views: 4168

Re: Tuning Tips

Something that I don't understand with the method of playing with tuning slide all the way in. What do you do when it's 85°F? I play with tuning slide all the way in. Most rehearsals and concerts are indoors and temperature doesn't change much. Once a year I usually do an outdoor concert in the sun...
by timothy42b
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What is your protip for buying a trombone.
Replies: 30
Views: 2733

Re: What is your protip for buying a trombone.

I just read a humorous but sort of serious piece of advice on choosing a spouse that may apply to choosing a horn. This is from a book called Barking up the Wrong Tree. He has a blog too but I don't do blogs. It's mostly about successful people but there was a segment on how to find a spouse. I've b...
by timothy42b
Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Home-recording Microphones
Replies: 21
Views: 1923

Re: Home-recording Microphones

At ATW some time back, might have been March (usually is) Christopher Bill was asked about his equipment. He described his journey upgrading equipment along the way to becoming famous on youtube. About microphones though he said something interesting. He said (hope I remember this right) that the tr...
by timothy42b
Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Woah
Replies: 19
Views: 2076

Re: Woah

AndrewMeronek wrote:
Sun Jul 19, 2020 7:22 am
That Seder track sounds a bit weird to me, as if there is too much low harmonics in the tone. I think there's other sound engineering going on.
You too?

I would like to be able to play like that but I don't want to sound like that, if that makes sense.
by timothy42b
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: WTB: Reinhardt books
Replies: 3
Views: 491

Re: WTB: Reinhardt books

Caveat: it's pretty hard to know if you're doing any of that correctly if you don't know your type and have had at least an introductory lesson or two with a Reinhardt teacher.
by timothy42b
Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: F-attachment water key?
Replies: 11
Views: 1240

Re: F-attachment water key?

I have an Amado on my straight tenor and it doesn't drain fast, even doing the regular maintenance.

I've heard good things about the Saturn but I haven't used one.
by timothy42b
Sun Jul 26, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How to find your ideal mouthpiece placement?
Replies: 9
Views: 1135

Re: How to find your ideal mouthpiece placement?

hesitate to suggest this but I guess I'll say it anyway, somebody can comment if it's dangerous. If I play loud and low, I'll sometimes slip off my correct high placement down a bit lower. That's a good sound but it can't be pulled back up, and it's not correct function so it leads to confusion. Ti...
by timothy42b
Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Where is your tongue?
Replies: 15
Views: 1389

Re: Where is your tongue?

Speaking of double tonging, practicing a VERY slow double and triple, and just a "G" articulation, can help to minimize the amount of tongue motion to get it smooth and efficient. Use D and G, not T and K, and try to make them closer together, not far apart, both in the physical placement and in so...
by timothy42b
Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How to find your ideal mouthpiece placement?
Replies: 9
Views: 1135

Re: How to find your ideal mouthpiece placement?

I think it's not just about placement up or down or sideways on the lips, it also has to do with the function - amount of pressure on top and bottom, amount of firmness and where that is. But the placement does have a lot to do with it. Just my opinion. When I first took a lesson with Doug, he moved...
by timothy42b
Wed Jul 22, 2020 6:05 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Interleaved Practice
Replies: 3
Views: 690

Re: Interleaved Practice

It makes a lot of sense to me. If I play a note 20 times concentrating on a clean attack, 19 of those notes are out of context for how I'll encounter them, because they were preceded by another note. I took a lesson from a ball golf pro years ago prior to playing a celebrity event at work, and he wo...
by timothy42b
Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:05 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Hate alto clef on alto?
Replies: 6
Views: 1013

Re: Hate alto clef on alto?

I cannot believe I watched someone sing for 4:20 a piece I would find boring on trombone. But I wanted to find out the trick. So, if I understand correctly, what he does is rewrite alto clef into tenor clef, then play it on alto trombone using Bb tenor trombone positions. That would drive me nuts, i...
by timothy42b
Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: 70/30 or 50/50
Replies: 20
Views: 2196

Re: 70/30 or 50/50

Arnold Jacobs said that the ideal position would be 50/50 because it allowed the longest possible vibrating surface. He also said you should place where you get the best sound, which is what his followers remember. Some of them are a little touchy about it. But the weird thing is I found my copy of ...
by timothy42b
Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Air exiting bell
Replies: 55
Views: 4142

Re: Air exiting bell

Hm. I just phoned a former professor I used to do work with. The pressure falls when the pipe gets more conical. A gas that is flowing through the tube slows down in the conical part. Air that is blown in the mpc with some speed comes out of the bell with much slower speed. This is correct for this...

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