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by AndrewMeronek
Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: My experience with orthodontics so far
Replies: 12
Views: 188

Re: My experience with orthodontics so far

Any comment on the V <=> high range connection? That's the kind of thing I'm pretty skeptical about. There are some amazing players who have that feature; there are more amazing players who do not. I think there needs to be a lot more data looked at scientifically before justifying that kind of den...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: My experience with orthodontics so far
Replies: 12
Views: 188

Re: My experience with orthodontics so far

It took about two weeks to get used to them. I’m very fortunate that I don’t have any of the clips on my front ones. Yeah, that's one thing I talked with my orthodontist about, to try to get a system that has no studs or clips on the teeth that get mouthpiece pressure. All mine are on some teeth be...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: My experience with orthodontics so far
Replies: 12
Views: 188

Re: My experience with orthodontics so far

I'm a little over half-way through right now. My teeth aren't straightened out fully yet; given the progress I've already seen I'm now kind of impatient to get to the endgame. :biggrin:
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Ken Shifrin: PhD about alto trombone
Replies: 11
Views: 761

Re: Ken Shifrin: PhD about alto trombone

Mikebmiller wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:47 am
I could use a dissertation on where the dang slide positions are on the alto.
It's a moving target. The alto trombone gnomes move them around while you're playing. They're like garden gnomes, but sillier. I recommend offerings of dirty jokes.
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: My experience with orthodontics so far
Replies: 12
Views: 188

My experience with orthodontics so far

I've been several months on Invisalign to straighten out my teeth and correct some bite issues. I was lucky enough to find a good orthodontist who also plays some trombone - I like to think that definitely helps with communicating my concerns relating to my own tromboning. Anyway, as far as trombone...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bill Reichenbach (The Band Ain’t Bad Either)
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Re: Bill Reichenbach (The Ain’t Bad Either)

Ooooo, nice. Yet another great California band to check out. :good:
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Pinched Nerve
Replies: 17
Views: 270

Re: Pinched Nerve

Another option would be to see if your favorite manufacturer has options to flip the valves around so you can play left-handed bass trombone.
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Getzen T1 leadpipe
Replies: 0
Views: 41

FS: Getzen T1 leadpipe

In case anyone needs one, I have an extra.

The Getzen T1 leadpipe is .500 bore.

It is unused, but does have some corrosion on it just from laying around for years.

$50, includes shipping within the U.S.

I can send pics of it as desired.
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Rubbing Alcohol or Denatured?
Replies: 8
Views: 254

Re: Rubbing Alcohol or Denatured?

For those interested, I found this handy document with more details: http://online.personalcarecouncil.org/ctfa-static/online/lists/cir-pdfs/PR273.PDF For example, the alcohol used by my handy electric shaver cleaner is "SD Alcohol 40-B", which is apparently pretty common. Any cosmetic alcohol shoul...
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Rubbing Alcohol or Denatured?
Replies: 8
Views: 254

Re: Rubbing Alcohol or Denatured?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denatured ... rmulations

For exactly what is in the stuff, it seems to matter where in the world you live.
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Rubbing Alcohol or Denatured?
Replies: 8
Views: 254

Re: Rubbing Alcohol or Denatured?

Both have additives in the alcohol that make the alcohol inedible and thus ineligible to liquor laws and taxes. The particular additives varies by the specific formulation, so I don't see how a "denatured" alcohol is necessarily free of leaving a film behind. Maybe there's a particular one your frie...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Rebuilding Range after brief hiatus
Replies: 12
Views: 341

Re: Rebuilding Range after brief hiatus

I know that people use this nomenclature, but what exactly do the numbers refer to? I assume you're talking about G above middle C, and the Bb, and C above that. I usually use numbers to represent partials. So Bb2 would be 2nd line of bass clef. Are you using numbers as absolute octaves above lowes...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Rebuilding Range after brief hiatus
Replies: 12
Views: 341

Re: Rebuilding Range after brief hiatus

It feels like that but this feel is misleading. Really, the whole perception thing of how the instrument feedback pulls our pitch into a partial remains a mystery. You can do the math for how the physics of reflections off the bell interact with the lips, but that doesn't address what it feels like...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Rebuilding Range after brief hiatus
Replies: 12
Views: 341

Re: Rebuilding Range after brief hiatus

My usual course of action for this type of stuff is to do some longtones ppp to ff in the good range and mp in the upper range along with slow lip slurs until I feel like the partials are opening up and locking in. To throw an idea into discourse here, I'm a big fan of false tones relating to this....
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Upper range limit - how much patience do I need?
Replies: 21
Views: 749

Re: Upper range limit - how much patience do I need?

You will reach a high range ceiling very quickly by playing high and loud. The way to gain range is high and soft. THEN add volume To be clear, I didn't mean to advocate *only* practicing high and loud. :pant: Said trumpet players are the best because they're good at everything and they practice ev...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: Sale on Big Band charts!
Replies: 15
Views: 999

Re: Sale on Big Band charts!

Concerning your experience with the piracy of charts, I can say that it's very prevalent in Sweden too. However; even if I refrain from copying charts from others, the problem here - as I see it - is that: 1) People are so scared of chancing on listening to new music outside of mainstream pop, that...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: Sale on Big Band charts!
Replies: 15
Views: 999

Re: Sale on Big Band charts!

To comment on the OP: I like how your website is laid out, Daniel. You do a better job of being clear about a chart's setup than I do on my website. :good: At least, I claim that right now mine is a work in progress. :idk:
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Upper range limit - how much patience do I need?
Replies: 21
Views: 749

Re: Upper range limit - how much patience do I need?

I'm lucky enough to be able to play (on occasion) with a few of the best lead trumpet players in the world. One can learn a lot just by paying attention to them. As far as being able to play high and loud, one thing is consistent with all of them: they practice playing high and loud, a lot. There is...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Empire Strikes Back trombone soli
Replies: 1
Views: 215

Empire Strikes Back trombone soli

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnE6_jzYkXM

Checking this out, and feeling both terror and excitement at 2:53!

Also: appreciation for a composer who knows how to write for trombone.
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Can a tuba player play a third trombone part?
Replies: 17
Views: 862

Re: Can a tuba player play a third trombone part?

In terms of range, the more appropriate tuba-like instrument to cover a 3rd bone would be a euphonium. But, often, a piece of music will have very similar roles between the bass trombone and the tuba - I'm thinking marches and other dances with prominent bass notes on downbeats. In those cases, the ...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How should one clean their mouth before playing?
Replies: 15
Views: 434

Re: How should one clean their mouth before playing?

I brush my teeth. I like to use A&H baking soda toothpaste; it seems to do a better job of dissolving plaque and not staying in my mouth for too long after brushing. IMHO worth the harsher taste.
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Jul 28, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: Sale on Big Band charts!
Replies: 15
Views: 999

Re: Sale on Big Band charts!

Daniel, I hope your finding some success selling charts. I'm still trying to figure that out. The biggest frustration I find is the amount of people who basically engage in piracy of big band charts. It's not so much piracy of my charts, but from from bigger publishers, such that there is often very...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Shipping conundrum - help!
Replies: 16
Views: 1269

Re: Shipping conundrum - help!

Don't bring your own horn on a military deployment. Use your Chain Of Command to contact the military band and see if they can help. Nothing you bring with you is really "yours" if something bad happens.
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Legato tongue
Replies: 10
Views: 362

Re: Legato tongue

Check out the webpage of Jay Freeman. He has written good texts about how to approach legato. I read them and that's one thing that helped me. Yeah, Jay's stuff is awesome. Also IMHO worth pointing out: one of the best legato trombonists in the world lives in my town: Kenneth Thompkins of the DSO, ...
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Legato tongue
Replies: 10
Views: 362

Re: Legato tongue

Smooth legato is mostly influenced by two things that nearly everybody has trouble with. Synchronization - a little too hard or too soft an articulation is hardly noticeable if it's synchronized well with the slide motion. Continuous and smooth air - with no "bump," usually a slight crescendo right...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure angle finding method
Replies: 5
Views: 307

Re: Embouchure angle finding method

Interesting idea how he tilts the trumpet into playing position. I guess it may be helpful for people who have had their setup messed with in situations like marching band. But in my (limited) experience, if you let a student from a young age play how is most natural to them, this usually isn't an i...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Legato tongue
Replies: 10
Views: 362

Legato tongue

I've been tromboning for 3 decades now and still I find deficiencies in my legato tongue, alas. Which brings up a question: it's a super-fine line between a tongue that allows portamentos and a tongue that is too harsh in terms of an air 'thunk' in the sound. But, where is that line??? It seems to b...
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Best Sounding Trombone Albums
Replies: 7
Views: 524

Re: Best Sounding Trombone Albums

I'm curious about this, too. When it comes to jazz, there's an odd tendency to alter an acoustic trombone sound to make it 'better' or to compensate for a mic's deficiencies - in general, the sound I hear coming out of speakers is not that close to the sound I hear standing in front of someone playi...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: How to interpret In The Mood
Replies: 5
Views: 414

Re: How to interpret In The Mood

Wishbone wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:51 pm
Are you playing at the Michigan Jazz Festival?
Not unless someone calls me to sub, which hasn't happened yet.

I'll be checking it out, though.
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bach 11C for alto?
Replies: 20
Views: 1038

Re: Bach 11C for alto?

I use a Wedge 96C for my alto, which is closer to a Bach 12C. But, I've tried the 11C and it works pretty well. It's a nice size on a typical alto trombone. One thing to keep in mind is that if you don't play on an alto regularly, a mouthpiece that is more different than your tenor mouthpiece will b...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: How to interpret Little Brown Jug
Replies: 5
Views: 362

Re: How to interpret Little Brown Jug

Maybe this is a better reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47uGb61LgGY

Even more different from the available stock, arr. Bill Finnegan.
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: How to interpret Little Brown Jug
Replies: 5
Views: 362

Re: How to interpret Little Brown Jug

This is a collection of musicians from the leading bands of the time according to the lower menu in YouTube. "Members Of The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Members of The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Charlie Barnet Orchestra, The Stan Kenton Orchestra" The phrasing is unlike any GM version that I've heard,...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: How to interpret Little Brown Jug
Replies: 5
Views: 362

How to interpret Little Brown Jug

Another "how to interpret" thread, this time on the Glenn Miller stock of Little Brown Jug. For reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOG89TrL4Vk The actual charts the Miller band play often have slight differences from the publicly available stocks. There are some differences in the chart I ha...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: How to interpret In The Mood
Replies: 5
Views: 414

Re: How to interpret In The Mood

Another issue I hear with interpretation on ITM (and other swing tunes) is a serious disparity in the basic interpretation of the swing style. Not just "Basie-ish vs. Miller-isn", either. I've heard people espouse an approach where there's no note length component to swing at all - it's all done wi...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: How to interpret In The Mood
Replies: 5
Views: 414

How to interpret In The Mood

Yeah, it's a beaten-to-death tune that everyone in the jazz world has to deal with, but I think this kind of gets overlooked as a deceptively tough tune to play right. I'm wondering what some others' takes on this might be. For reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CI-0E_jses For starters, the...
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Jun 22, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bell resonance pitch
Replies: 2
Views: 418

Re: Bell resonance pitch

Some manufacturers do tune their bells, but I'm not convinced it makes that much of a difference to the sound of a horn. Remember that struck bells have a large amount of inharmonicity, so the perceived pitch may not have much to do with frequencies actually bouncing around when you strike it. And w...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Comprehesnive Tenor Trombone Recording List?
Replies: 5
Views: 300

Re: Comprehesnive Tenor Trombone Recording List?

Conn6H wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:05 am
Understood.

Anyone out there share/trade out of print material?
Public domain only, but pretty handy:

https://imslp.org/
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Comprehesnive Tenor Trombone Recording List?
Replies: 5
Views: 300

Re: Comprehesnive Tenor Trombone Recording List?

Probably the closest thing to what you want is Allmusic.com:

https://www.allmusic.com/search/albums/trombone

That site is not too bad- they usually do a decent job of producing proper album and performance credits, unlike (ahem) some streaming services.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Music folders
Replies: 8
Views: 529

Re: Music folders

When the volume of music gets large enough to not fit in a high-capacity music folder, it probably also won't all fit on a music stand. At that point, it's usually worth it to go to your local office store and see what they have in terms of large office binders with multiple pockets. One band I'm in...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Big band bass trombonists
Replies: 13
Views: 1027

Re: Big band bass trombonists

Dave Taylor with Bob Mintzer's big band. I don't know what he played on.
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Perception of loudness
Replies: 16
Views: 673

Re: Perception of loudness

In my experience, this happens when their amp is placed on the ground, in a place where they don't get direct feedback from it. Try placing their amp on a chair next to them, pointed at them. Had been already done! Then the next thing that seems to be relevant here is to make sure they're "zeroing"...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Perception of loudness
Replies: 16
Views: 673

Re: Perception of loudness

Blame the musician, not the instrument. Indeed. In my experience, upright bass players at least are not usually bad culprits for loud on-stage volumes. Electric bass players, moreso, although still not as much as electric keyboard players. The phenomenon is especially annoying in tunes that use qui...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Perception of loudness
Replies: 16
Views: 673

Re: Perception of loudness

baileyman wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:59 pm
Yes to loudness being perceived by change in timbre.
I'd like to see some codification of this beyond musicians' experiences. Studies, etc.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Perception of loudness
Replies: 16
Views: 673

Re: Perception of loudness

Anyway, a piano player I play with when asked if he can turn it down said once, But I can't hear myself! He was by then the loudest instrument in the band by far. I suspect an acoustic would ping more strongly for him. But this seems to be a losing battle. In my experience, this happens when their ...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Perception of loudness
Replies: 16
Views: 673

Re: Perception of loudness

In my experience, the bass guitar also has much less pronounced attacks than an upright bass (except perhaps for slap techniques) which also affects the perceived loudness, especially in music that has a lot of articulations and not a lot of space to let a tone ring, like standard jazz walking bass.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Perception of loudness
Replies: 16
Views: 673

Re: Perception of loudness

I'm not sure I'm on board with the idea that a traditional double bass sound has weak 350Hz-range frequencies. I think it floats underneath a big band because it's quieter, not because it has a strong fundamental with few overtones. I didn't say that a the DB has weak frequencies, I said that to ge...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Perception of loudness
Replies: 16
Views: 673

Re: Perception of loudness

I'm not sure I'm on board with the idea that a traditional double bass sound has weak 350Hz-range frequencies. I think it floats underneath a big band because it's quieter, not because it has a strong fundamental with few overtones.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Perception of loudness
Replies: 16
Views: 673

Re: Perception of loudness

In the case of the bass gtr, it's often the player is not cutting the low mid frequencies which are close to the low end of the tbns and saxes. The notes therefore punch through the band rather than under it like the traditional double bass sound would . Ironically, the tone shaping capabilities of...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Electronics for sensing partial
Replies: 10
Views: 838

Re: Electronics for sensing partial

Also, I'd forgo doing any of this in MIDI, or at least make it able to output MIDI and CV. The whole MIDI note on/off plus pitch bend thing would fall apart pretty quick on ETI (electronic trombone instrument). Each note on would have to also measure the slide distance and apply a MIDI pitch bend, ...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Perception of loudness
Replies: 16
Views: 673

Perception of loudness

This is more the domain of audio engineers, but I think this falls under a "music theory" unbrella as well: I'm looking for info on how humans generally perceive loudness, for my own curiosity. My impulse started with wondering why it seems like the worst culprits for uncontrollable stage volume see...

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