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by AndrewMeronek
Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Recording Trombone on a microphone
Replies: 7
Views: 578

Re: Recording Trombone on a microphone

Shure SM-57s will get you pretty far. Are you looking at using an audio-to-USB interface and record directly to your PC or laptop?
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bach cello suites
Replies: 14
Views: 846

Re: Bach cello suites

The cello suites are wonderful but yeah, some of the movements in the various suites don't work nearly as well on bass trombone as on cello. So, picking and choosing which ones to do is IMHO a great idea. Another thing worth thinking about: for the movements that don't work with one bass trombone, t...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Blair Bollinger interview
Replies: 1
Views: 304

Re: Blair Bollinger interview

Those interviews are cool stuff. :)
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Extended Technique Videos
Replies: 7
Views: 1148

Re: Extended Technique Videos

I like the explanation. :) As a joke sometimes if I'm playing with a new group of people, I'll "warm up" with a terrible tone that can include "overpressure multiphonics". You know, to keep 'em guessing. But I do dig serious thought about using whatever sounds we can, as long as things don't get dam...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: How Humans Cause Climate Change
Replies: 8
Views: 1347

Re: How Humans Cause Climate Change

BGuttman wrote:
Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:58 pm
Don't know if it's enough to convince the Kool-Aid drinkers, though.
Sometimes it's just nice to have a reference like the above video as a starting point.
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Brass Against - Lateralus
Replies: 0
Views: 796

Brass Against - Lateralus

I played in a group with a similar structure to this once upon a time. Basically, a modern variant of the dixieland band. Really versatile setup, as shown here.

Also, just a great, fun performance of a tricky tune. :cool:

by AndrewMeronek
Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: How Humans Cause Climate Change
Replies: 8
Views: 1347

How Humans Cause Climate Change

Succinct.

by AndrewMeronek
Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
Replies: 2
Views: 1185

Re: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Posaunus wrote:
Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:11 pm
Wonderful.

Only 4 performers listed. The fifth (female vocalist) is Aoife O'Donovan.
Yup!
See The Goat Rodeo Sessions.
These are from there 2nd album, Not Our First Goat Rodeo.
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Sep 23, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Aperture problem?
Replies: 3
Views: 1264

Re: Aperture problem?

Obviously, more playing without the practice mute. In the location where you've used the mute and (presumably) need to be quiet, just do lots of playing that is all at pianissimo. Soft playing is great for the ol' embouchure, anyway.
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Ornithology Charlie Parker - Lucie Horsch [on recorder!]
Replies: 2
Views: 969

Ornithology Charlie Parker - Lucie Horsch [on recorder!]

A transcription, and very well-done. :cool:

I'm pretty sure Bird himself would be tickled pink. Well, dark pink.

by AndrewMeronek
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Frank Rosolino's 'Fine Shape'
Replies: 2
Views: 1520

Re: Frank Rosolino's 'Fine Shape'

The chords for this seem to be pretty straight-forward to my ears. Tune's in B-flat and has a bunch of ii-V-I patterns. Just listen to the bass. I hear on the "A" section, bar-by-bar: cm7-F7 Bb6-gm7 cm7-F7 Bb6-gm7 cm7 gm7 cm7-F7 Bb6 Pretty standard stuff. The players vary it, but just based on stand...
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Trombones United presents 'Disorganised Crime'
Replies: 1
Views: 998

Trombones United presents 'Disorganised Crime'

OK, I'll post this, as I don't see anyone else doing so here yet. Awesome stuff.

by AndrewMeronek
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The History Guy: A History of Firefighting
Replies: 0
Views: 851

The History Guy: A History of Firefighting

Remembering 11-SEP-2001.

by AndrewMeronek
Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Jinjer and dealing with very loud environments [Rant]
Replies: 7
Views: 1440

Re: Jinjer and dealing with very loud environments [Rant]

Not sure why they don't have a live pitchy vocalist running through a slow pitch adjustment device or plug in. I'm sure something like that would totally mess with the screams. And listen to a few tunes. Blue-sey pitch bends are part of that style. You don't want any dumb computer messing with that.
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Jinjer and dealing with very loud environments [Rant]
Replies: 7
Views: 1440

Re: Jinjer and dealing with very loud environments [Rant]

Could plugs change the situation? I'm thinking that if the head noise can be shielded by plugs from the band noise to the extent you can hear it, especially for tuning, then maybe you can be confident you played well, and maybe also think the resulting balance is in the hands of whoever is running ...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Jinjer and dealing with very loud environments [Rant]
Replies: 7
Views: 1440

Jinjer and dealing with very loud environments [Rant]

I've been grooving on Jinjer lately, and I finally ended up finding a very "honest" live show recording them. Here, the band still sounds pretty good, but the singer Tatiana is definitely pitchy in her full-voiced vocals. So, stuff in other "live" videos is probably is "fixed" in post-production. Ho...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: What Happened To Herculaneum? | The Other Pompeii | Absolute History
Replies: 5
Views: 1376

Re: What Happened To Herculaneum? | The Other Pompeii | Absolute History

Found the same program under a different name: "The Other Pompeii: Life and Death in Herculaneum". Made by BBC, as I thought it would be, which is actually edited out of the Absolute History link. Perhaps useful for someone looking for this on the BBC instead of Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watc...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Aug 30, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: What Happened To Herculaneum? | The Other Pompeii | Absolute History
Replies: 5
Views: 1376

Re: What Happened To Herculaneum? | The Other Pompeii | Absolute History

Checking out the Absolute History episode on Victorian trends that were killing people. Not nearly as much of a fan of that one - interesting info, fur sure, but it's full of the pointless, time-consuming repetitiveness that I find pretty annoying in a lot of "dumbed down" made-for-TV programs. Must...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: What Happened To Herculaneum? | The Other Pompeii | Absolute History
Replies: 5
Views: 1376

Re: What Happened To Herculaneum? | The Other Pompeii | Absolute History

BGuttman wrote:
Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:15 pm
There are a lot of programs in the Absolute History series. One that was interesting is a series on a Victorian Era farm. Each program is about an hour. Most seem to be on YouTube.
I'm definitely checking other programs from them. :cool:
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Aug 30, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: What Happened To Herculaneum? | The Other Pompeii | Absolute History
Replies: 5
Views: 1376

What Happened To Herculaneum? | The Other Pompeii | Absolute History

Found an absolute gem of a documentary. It's stuff like this which is frustratingly hard to find, at least on TV in the U.S.

by AndrewMeronek
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Jokes and one liners from the back row
Replies: 79
Views: 15277

Re: Jokes and one liners from the back row

I never get any respect, any at all. My cat is a lawyer. Whenever I leave her food dish empty, she summons my contract of indenture.
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Flutter tongue
Replies: 1
Views: 1025

Re: Flutter tongue

Thinking back, my explanation of a flutter tongue that I've gotten told involved the front of the tongue, not the area just behind the front that I found (thinking of moving the "g" extremely forward to minimize any change in air focus). This is different from a "growl", too, which is more focused i...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Flutter tongue
Replies: 1
Views: 1025

Flutter tongue

Taking a practice break, working on my multiple tonguing. I've been thinking lately about experimenting with getting more control over my vowels when multiple-tonguing, particularly on the "k"/"g" syllable. I've never been particularly good at it, and in extreme ranges, that the "g" causes the tongu...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Aug 20, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Excerpts from a Steve Allen interview
Replies: 1
Views: 1240

Excerpts from a Steve Allen interview

Any Steve Allen fans? I found this to be pretty interesting.

by AndrewMeronek
Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: Media
Topic: J S Bach: Passacaglia in C minor
Replies: 3
Views: 1264

Re: J S Bach: Passacaglia in C minor

Truncated, but still cool.
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Aug 08, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Replies: 4
Views: 1732

Re: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Very cool!

Ambitious, too. That mockup definitely needs to get a full orchestral treatment.
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Help with recording
Replies: 15
Views: 2275

Re: Help with recording

If you don't have the funds for a laptop, a decent USB microphone should be able to plug directly into a smartphone. Just check and make sure you have a USB cable that matches the connection types.
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Michael Dease at the Steinway Jazz Cafe
Replies: 0
Views: 1127

Michael Dease at the Steinway Jazz Cafe

Wow! Practically right down the street and I missed it! On TromboneChat, we all know that Michael Dease is great, but the other 3 of this quartet - Cliff Monear, Jeff Pedraz, and Dave Taylor (drummer, not the trombonist) are all Detroit elite. World-class musicians. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Wedge mouthpieces
Replies: 20
Views: 3672

Re: Wedge mouthpieces

For me, Wedges are a big game changer (positively) in terms of endurance.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Measured Open Breathing For Wind Musicians
Replies: 3
Views: 1427

Re: Measured Open Breathing For Wind Musicians

Very good Andrew. This could help lots of player that have problems like shutting of the airway before relizing the air. This is really good, and not to complicated. Thanks! :cool: I don't know about how effective this would be for helping people who can't control shutting off their airway, but it ...
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Aoife O'Donovan on Colbert
Replies: 7
Views: 1618

Re: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Aoife O'Donovan on Colbert

harrisonreed wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:06 pm
Eh, it's hard to read sarcasm on a forum. Chris hit the nail on the head. The OP must've meant "wider recognition for this group of musicians as a whole".
Well, yes, but I'd also be happy for Yo-Yo. He's famous, but not Beyoncé famous.
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Measured Open Breathing For Wind Musicians
Replies: 3
Views: 1427

Measured Open Breathing For Wind Musicians

My first attempt at this style of lecture video making popular on Youtube, full of jump-cuts. Making this, I was making my own skin crawl and was kind of amazed at just how many "so"s, "ah"s, "um"s, stutters, and weird lip licking that I did during the take. What I took out was way, way worse than w...
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Microtonal podcast interview with Amelia Huff
Replies: 1
Views: 1277

Microtonal podcast interview with Amelia Huff

Great interview! This dives into some pretty advanced stuff, for anyone who might be interested.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/0 ... livQ7Y1B5Q
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Aoife O'Donovan on Colbert
Replies: 7
Views: 1618

Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Aoife O'Donovan on Colbert

Just a shout-out to these amazing musicians who I fully hope get some wider recognition from this collage on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

This is also on their recent album, not the original 2011 Goat Rodeo Sessions.

by AndrewMeronek
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Remote sectional rehearsal?
Replies: 5
Views: 1453

Re: Remote sectional rehearsal?

IMHO the closest thing to a "sectional" would be to perhaps Zoom to discuss what to do - but otherwise to create a collage where each person records their part at home and someone combines them together with something like Audacity, and then discuss and repeat.
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tuning Tips
Replies: 32
Views: 5538

Re: Tuning Tips

There could be lots of explanations, but it made me wonder if the extra mental step converting ink to pitch had anything to do with it. Absolutely. One thing that studying jazz has drilled into me: for many people, reading music vs. playing only by ear can result in wildly different playing "person...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Home-recording Microphones
Replies: 21
Views: 3052

Re: Home-recording Microphones

Hmmm - looks like I have an AKG C414 B-ULS which is a bit older but seems to be highly regarded. Kind of a long story.
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Home-recording Microphones
Replies: 21
Views: 3052

Re: Home-recording Microphones

For reference, a nice overview of how to think about frequency response in a mic.

https://mynewmicrophone.com/complete-gu ... -examples/
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Home-recording Microphones
Replies: 21
Views: 3052

Re: Home-recording Microphones

I really love the Cascade Fat Head for all brass (including trombone). I once recorded in a nice studio with six figures worth of mics and the engineer ending up picking a Fat Head to record my bass trombone. It sounded amazing! I got one for myself not long after and it's been great. The original ...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Home-recording Microphones
Replies: 21
Views: 3052

Re: Home-recording Microphones

For distant miking, 3 meters, the CM4 from Audio Line is beyond insane for the value. There are so many examples of engineers placing two in a hall and walking away with a perfect recording. It adds nothing and takes away nothing from the recording, unlike mics you'd use close up. I think I'll want...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Home-recording Microphones
Replies: 21
Views: 3052

Re: Home-recording Microphones

What do you want to get out of the recordings you plan to make? Is this for pro level stuff, or just to mess around? More to mess around, although I do want a decent chance at getting a somewhat decent sounding recording of myself. Basically, I am looking for a mic where the capabilities are a kind...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Home-recording Microphones
Replies: 21
Views: 3052

Home-recording Microphones

I found some nice reviews of microphones specifically for trombone here: https://www.altobone.com/microphones-for-recording-trombone/ https://mynewmicrophone.com/recommended-microphones/trombone/ But more personally, I want to get myself set up without spending too much money with a home-recording s...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Trombone Quartet
Replies: 2
Views: 1370

Re: Trombone Quartet

masterserenity wrote:
Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:03 am

My theme is the influence of jazz on the classical repertoire, so it would be great if the song also has a bit of jazzy spice.
This screams Tommy Pederson.
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Jul 26, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Where is your tongue?
Replies: 15
Views: 2132

Re: Where is your tongue?

That's an interesting idea, Andrew, but I suspect it would be more of a challenge to really be more effective. Like other aspects of brass technique, the way each player uses the tongue is going to be different. Players have different sized oral cavities, tongues, tooth structure, etc. A phonetic s...
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How to find your ideal mouthpiece placement?
Replies: 9
Views: 2041

Re: How to find your ideal mouthpiece placement?

David Wilken has produced some excellent videos that cover exactly these concerns. Here is one of them:

by AndrewMeronek
Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Where is your tongue?
Replies: 15
Views: 2132

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 AndrewMeronek
Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Where is your tongue?
Replies: 15
Views: 2132

Re: Where is your tongue?

I’ve also found that when i play below the staff my tongue gets closer and closer to the middle of my teeth as i get lower, more on euphonium than anything else though. This is true for me, too, and for me I think it has more to do with what else is going on in my mouth than just where the tip stri...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Carousel/NY Phil at Lincoln Center
Replies: 8
Views: 2135

Re: Carousel/NY Phil at Lincoln Center

harrisonreed wrote:
Sun Jul 19, 2020 7:46 am
Where is everyone's masks?
Is this a reference to Kabuki theater?

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