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by AndrewMeronek
Mon May 20, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Centered and edgy sound wanted
Replies: 16
Views: 588

Re: Centered and edgy sound wanted

In my experience, bass bone in a big band is much more about how you play, not what you play. I've seen players who get a great big band bass bone sound play on any size from a Bach 3G to a Wick 00AL or even larger, for those who are more comfortable doing tuba doubling. That said, my two favorite m...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu May 16, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Preparing for a symphony concert
Replies: 10
Views: 190

Re: Preparing for a symphony concert

Yes, cool, I do all of the above. One thing I'll add is to memorize transition sections. With this idea that I *don't* know the conductor, it really helps to be able to get my eyes off the page when the conductor really needs to feed information. I'm not one of those people who can reliably watch tw...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed May 15, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Preparing for a symphony concert
Replies: 10
Views: 190

Preparing for a symphony concert

What are some good approaches to preparing as best as possible for a concert - and the first rehearsal in a symphony so as to truly be ready for all the quirks that a conductor throws at you? I'm thinking not just the obvious - be able to play your part - but how to pick up things that aren't always...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun May 12, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Switching between bass and small tenor
Replies: 48
Views: 1006

Re: Switching between bass and small tenor

Make sure you have the same physical setup between horns. It's pretty easy, when horns have different feels, to play one horn at a slightly different angle or on a different spot on the chops.
by AndrewMeronek
Tue May 07, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Carmina Burana Range
Replies: 9
Views: 219

Re: Carmina Burana Range

Just played this last month, on 2nd bone. I did notice the 1st bone hanging on some nice forte high B-naturals at one point. In general, it's not too rangey, but it is a workout. Hardest part for me was catching all the tempo changes.
by AndrewMeronek
Fri May 03, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Future of Jazz Orchestra
Replies: 5
Views: 238

Re: Future of Jazz Orchestra

There were a couple of great sounding student competition winners at the American Trombone Workshop, too. We just need to make sure the music industry continues to support jazz so these great youngsters have careers.
by AndrewMeronek
Fri May 03, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Future of Jazz Orchestra
Replies: 5
Views: 238

Re: Future of Jazz Orchestra

Sounds like a lot of fun. The really nice thing about Ellington is that he scored his charts such that they aren't the loud chop-busters like some of the stuff that came out of some of the other bands like Maynard or Kenton. It also sounds like they made sure the worst culprits in the loudness wars ...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed May 01, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Distilled water and red rot?
Replies: 17
Views: 537

Re: Distilled water and red rot?

When you get a strongly biased pattern like that, a mechanical cause is most likely. I'm not suggesting one 'bang' event - but many, perhaps hundreds. I remember having a terrible trombone case in high school where the slide was loose enough and positioned such that it was gouging a huge hole in the...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Distilled water and red rot?
Replies: 17
Views: 537

Re: Distilled water and red rot?

That looks a lot like a slide getting hit by something. I also think I see a dent about 1/3 down from the top of the pic.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure Dysfunction I think?
Replies: 6
Views: 248

Re: Embouchure Dysfunction I think?

Doug Elliott wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:06 pm
Injuries like that are caused by playing incorrectly for your face. You can rest and recover but that doesn't fix why it happened.
Yup! I was going to recommend also to get a lesson to get more mechanically sound to lessen the chances of injuries.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Deep-Learning Model-Generated Music
Replies: 5
Views: 217

Re: Deep-Learning Model-Generated Music

I'm not too worried about tools like that making composition obsolete. Composers always grab the technology of their time to complement their skills, and I think ideas like this will be no exception.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Like I'm gonna pay $50 for a rag on a stick!
Replies: 29
Views: 1070

Re: Like I'm gonna pay $50 for a rag on a stick!

I have a set of the SoM cleaning sheaths but I'm actually not too impressed. They don't seem to do a great job of cleaning the outer slide down by the crook, which is of course where it's most important to be super-clean due to how that's where the wider part of the inner tubes falls in 1st-2nd posi...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure Dysfunction I think?
Replies: 6
Views: 248

Re: Embouchure Dysfunction I think?

Chapped lips shouldn't hurt your playing - it's just annoying to get flakes of skin sloughing off into the cup of the mouthpiece.

The first thing I'd recommend is to take several days off. Minor injuries like muscle strains sometimes aren't accompanied by actual pain.
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tuning Drills Play-along: I-V-I in B-flat
Replies: 7
Views: 662

Re: Tuning Drills Play-along: I-V-I in B-flat

Fellow musicians, I just would appreciate some eyes. I just finished creating this planned set of videos (for now) of tuning drills. This is a lot of videos, and I think I did a pretty good job of error-checking, but if you folks feel curious, I ask that you pick a couple at random and check them fo...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Cello and vibrato
Replies: 14
Views: 576

Re: Cello and vibrato

Not a cello, but Arthur Pryor clearly used a small, tight vibrato, somewhat akin to Tommy Dorsey's.



IMHO more trombonists should be more aggressive with vibrato and articulation when playing things like the Bach Cello Suites. Take risks!
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Event Horizon Telescope
Replies: 7
Views: 245

Re: Event Horizon Telescope

Pretty sweet. Looks like (at least right now) papers on this are available without a paywall:

https://iopscience.iop.org/issue/2041-8205/875/1
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Event Horizon Telescope
Replies: 7
Views: 245

Re: Event Horizon Telescope

Aside from the result itself, the kind of engineering and resources needed to achieve this is IMHO *very* impressive.
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Event Horizon Telescope
Replies: 7
Views: 245

Event Horizon Telescope

I think it's pretty neat to get the first image of Sagittarius A* April 10. Here's a few videos I chased down that I think are nicely informative (so far):





by AndrewMeronek
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: best visual explanation and demonstration of overtones ever
Replies: 11
Views: 515

Re: best visual explanation and demonstration of overtones ever

harrisonreed wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:29 pm
Yes, but clearly her arms and hands are what change the overtones, so it is not possible while playing the trombone to do this, but it is possible to do while playing the theremin. We just can't see the theremin because it is off camera...
I can't tell if you're being ironic or serious. :eek:
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Scale anayses of chords
Replies: 4
Views: 481

Re: Scale anayses of chords

I'm looking for a more generalized way of thinking about this than sticking strictly to the standard 12-note scale of perfect fifths. I want this to apply to potentially *any* scale. After diving into some basic introductions to graph theory, I'm pretty sure what I'm actually looking for is: given a...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Scale anayses of chords
Replies: 4
Views: 481

Re: Scale anayses of chords

Hmmm, did I use the image insertion correctly? I'm trying to reference a .PNG on Wikipedia for that lattice example.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Scale anayses of chords
Replies: 4
Views: 481

Scale anayses of chords

Just wondering - looking around I'm surprised this isn't a common thing to nail down: Given some scale, what is the set of chords of some size that only contain certain intervals? This question seems trivial to ask, but I don't think it is. Even with a vanilla major scale, there are 7 choose 3 or 35...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Portable Music Stand recommendations?
Replies: 37
Views: 1429

Re: Portable Music Stand recommendations?

I use a Peak SMS-20 that I've beaten up for several years now and it's stood up to the abuse wonderfully. The carrying case, not so much - I trashed that. But the stand itself is solid. I recommend you look at the manufacturer's site, as some distributors don't show you the different model options. ...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: ATW Tbn Soloist with the Army Blues.
Replies: 10
Views: 639

Re: ATW Tbn Soloist with the Army Blues.

Fafner wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:42 pm
For some reason it sounds like he's playing into a fan... there's a lot of cracking on the track. Anyone else get this?
Yes. Unfortunately, the audio in the clip doesn't reflect the audio live.
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Suggestions wanted for some Dixieland / Jazz sheet music
Replies: 15
Views: 511

Re: Suggestions wanted for some Dixieland / Jazz sheet music

Whilst I would love to, I am not at a competency level to play along with my favourite music/artist (Gunhild Carling). It is just too fast and too much going on to play along. I have tried a few times but end up just standing there listening. In fact, In all that music, I have never figured out who...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Suggestions wanted for some Dixieland / Jazz sheet music
Replies: 15
Views: 511

Re: Suggestions wanted for some Dixieland / Jazz sheet music

Good suggestions on the book and Band-In-A-Box.

But, don't discount the value of playing along with your favorite recordings, hundreds of times. You can really learn a lot doing that.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: ATW Tbn Soloist with the Army Blues.
Replies: 10
Views: 639

Re: ATW Tbn Soloist with the Army Blues.

Everyone in the Army Blues was great. It was really nice to see the program allow each trombone player get a chance to shine, too.
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Embouture Collapse?
Replies: 19
Views: 875

Re: Embouture Collapse?

Allergic reaction to something? I'd suggest to first give your horn and mouthpiece a week of daily vigorous cleaning to make sure there isn't a mold or something in the horn that you're reacting to.
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Making a Video Collage
Replies: 6
Views: 337

Re: Making a Video Collage

I just saw Chris at ATW. Great public speaker. Knew what he was doing. Pretty cool.
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tuning Drills Play-along: I-V-I in B-flat
Replies: 7
Views: 662

Re: Tuning Drills Play-along: I-V-I in B-flat

Cool!

I'm glad you had some fun with it. :)
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tuning Drills Play-along: I-V-I in B-flat
Replies: 7
Views: 662

Re: Tuning Drills Play-along: I-V-I in B-flat

OK, the finished product, at least in terms of this first set of videos. I linked a bunch of these play-along videos on my website so they're all in one place, and probably would be bad taste to do a similar thing in this thread. I did end up modifying the video I created for the OP and replacing it...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tuning Drills Play-along: I-V-I in B-flat
Replies: 7
Views: 662

Re: Tuning Drills Play-along: I-V-I in B-flat

Now you're bringing up my point that I proposed in the other thread you did on intonation. :lol: In a way, yes. I'm more concerned about just the clarity of the presentation in of itself. These are not intended as 'universal' tuning mandates - just as a good starting point for students to get used ...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tuning Drills Play-along: I-V-I in B-flat
Replies: 7
Views: 662

Re: Tuning Drills Play-along: I-V-I in B-flat

One thing I'm thinking of is some peoples' tendencies to use an electronic tuner as a kind of tuning bible, which IMHO has fallacies. But, is it important in drills of this kind to have the 'root' reference pitch match what a tuner would think precisely, or match pitch relative to in-tune modulation...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Inconsistent Embouchure
Replies: 5
Views: 485

Re: Inconsistent Embouchure

Your embouchure should change - it has to otherwise your buzzing frequency will not change. I'd recommend to not try to eliminate your change, but to try to make your change going upward mirror the change going downward. I like to have students (even if they can't at first) try to deliberately lip-g...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Question about transposition
Replies: 8
Views: 582

Re: Question about transposition

Generally the pitch of the instrument will not be specified by a composer. I can't think of any times where I've seen this. This may be the case sometimes, but composers really need to indicate a transposition in modern practice. There is a huge difference between a clarinet in A and a clarinet in ...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Question about transposition
Replies: 8
Views: 582

Re: Question about transposition

Trombones are non-transposing. Just write the pitches you want. With one exception: in British brass band tradition, it's standard to write for trombone in Bb-octave-transposed treble clef, like a tenor saxophone. The 'Bb instrument' thing as applied to trombone usually only refers to its fundamenta...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tuning Drills Play-along: I-V-I in B-flat
Replies: 7
Views: 662

Tuning Drills Play-along: I-V-I in B-flat

An experimental play-along that I hope people will find interesting. Several years ago I wrote a book of drills along these lines which included lots of standard, simple progressions like this in various keys. I'm thinking that a lot of people will find a similar concept useful in individual practic...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Do you take your mouthpiece on holiday?
Replies: 29
Views: 1254

Re: Do you take your mouthpiece on holiday?

I've never found that mouthpiece buzzing is all that useful as a way to stay in shape. If a trip is long enough that I'm concerned, I'll just take the trombone.
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Play-along tracks for ear training
Replies: 0
Views: 134

Play-along tracks for ear training

For those of you who have experience making or using play-along tracks, are there conventions that you've found you like or don't like? This is for pitch-adjustable instruments and ear training - voice, winds, strings, etc. Any particular kind of waveform, or an amalgamation? Have intervals be just ...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: What happens when you create a fake music record label and upload bad music to Spotify
Replies: 2
Views: 365

What happens when you create a fake music record label and upload bad music to Spotify

Interesting article, if written a bit dryly. https://www.salon.com/2019/02/17/what-happens-when-you-create-a-fake-music-record-label-and-upload-bad-music-to-spotify/ As it turns out, having music launched on Spotify is not always a straightforward process. After recording a series of sounds, our sea...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Bass Trombone Upper Register
Replies: 29
Views: 1245

Re: Bass Trombone Upper Register

Sure, tenor playing on bass can be done. But: What for? It will never sound right. Yes, but just be careful about this concept. What sounds 'right' changes over time. I'm sure that a lot of 19th-century Viennese valve trombonists would scoff at our extensive use of 'tenor-bass' trombones in princip...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Alto Trombone Chops
Replies: 22
Views: 1018

Re: Alto Trombone Chops

I would say there's not enough information to say definitively. But there are a few things to check (I agree with harrisonreed): Bad intonation will indeed kill chops. I've never really had air support issues with my alto, but others may have. Make sure your physical setup is basically the same betw...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Just Intonation Composition (redux)
Replies: 7
Views: 553

Re: Just Intonation Composition (redux)

I'd like to point out one great example of music in just intonation which modulates very effectively: The Harp Of New Albion by Terry Riley. It's an extended work for solo piano, and he takes advantage of the non-uniform modes given his choice of tuning the piano. Each mode has a different color, de...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Just Intonation Composition (redux)
Replies: 7
Views: 553

Re: Just Intonation Composition (redux)

How tuning works in an orchestra is kind of it's own entire thesis, although I think it does fall into a few patterns per section, and the overall effect is a kind of 'amorphous' tonality. Strings tend to Pythagorean tuning (except for some double-stops) while winds tend to what amounts to an adapti...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Just Intonation Composition (redux)
Replies: 7
Views: 553

Re: Just Intonation Composition (redux)

How did you get over that hump? Don't stay in 12TET. One way to do this is to not modulate at all and just stay within a mode - hence the reason why I went with modes instead of chromatic scales for these scale videos. Obviously, a lot of Western music involves modulations. Modulations in different...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Just Intonation Composition (redux)
Replies: 7
Views: 553

Re: Just Intonation Composition (redux)

I'm being productive today on the website updates. This one is a Dorico playback of a pretty cello trio I wrote many years back. The playback is pretty impressive. Not everything I've written will work this well with computer-realized performance, unfortunately. I do have a few other things that I'm...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Just Intonation Composition (redux)
Replies: 7
Views: 553

Re: Just Intonation Composition (redux)

My latest blurb. Maybe some people here might find this interesting. Sometimes different temperaments like this can enable colors in music that you can't really get any other way. It also may be useful as a historical study. I used a modern piano sound here, and the fourths and fifths are noticeably...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Glenn Miller as trombone soloist?
Replies: 3
Views: 465

Re: Glenn Miller as trombone soloist?

There's a trombone solo in Sold American, but the 78 label doesn't say if it was Miller or someone else, and neither do the notes at Archive.org. This might require tracking down the documentation from the recording company. I have a friend who is an expert in music of this era, though - he probably...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Do/did you have a day job outside of music?
Replies: 32
Views: 2112

Re: Do/did you have a day job outside of music?

I didn't actually answer the OP - so: I've gone through a couple of career schedules so far. My first was with the U.S. Army, which was a pretty great experience. I paid off my student loans and got to be stationed in Belgium for 3 years as part of my enlistment. That was a good decision, and I left...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Photography equipment
Replies: 14
Views: 806

Re: Photography equipment

My experience in photography is in the industrial sphere, not scenic/portrait stuff. My mother is a pretty good amateur photographer, though. She got her start into deeper knowledge on the subject by joining a local photography club. I'd recommend doing that before buying expensive equipment, if you...

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