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by AndrewMeronek
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Do/did you have a day job outside of music?
Replies: 20
Views: 372

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: 13
Views: 197

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...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure mechanics certificates?
Replies: 161
Views: 4639

Re: Embouchure mechanics certificates?

Are you *sure* he's playing upstream in the low register? I find it hard to tell from that mouthpiece, although looking at the low Bb that he plays super briefly, even though I can see the lower lip vibrating, it's not clear if it's in front of the upper lip. It would help if he held a long note lon...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Do/did you have a day job outside of music?
Replies: 20
Views: 372

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

It depends on where you live. Large metropolitan areas tend to have more opportunities for musicians to make money making music. Still, day jobs can be a blessing. I've found in my experience that it really helps to try to find a day job that has a consistent schedule. Jobs that involve last-minute ...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Just Intonation Composition (redux)
Replies: 0
Views: 127

Just Intonation Composition (redux)

I reorganized some pages on my website, and updated this page in particular to include two Youtube playback videos, including the 'big' one that plays back all of those various triads for 26 minutes. I'm pretty proud of that one. https://andrewmeronek.com/music-resources/sagittal-chord-lists/ I also...
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Screen and audio capture software
Replies: 9
Views: 191

Re: Screen and audio capture software

The video re-edited, this time with Shotcut. Much better.

by AndrewMeronek
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Screen and audio capture software
Replies: 9
Views: 191

Re: Screen and audio capture software

Damn, OpenShot is buggy as hell. I don't recommend it.

I'm now taking recommendations for video editing software.
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Screen and audio capture software
Replies: 9
Views: 191

Re: Screen and audio capture software

The first video result, for anyone who might be interested. I am using OBS Studio to create the screen capture videos, and editing them with OpenShot Video Editor. More to come.

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by AndrewMeronek
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Screen and audio capture software
Replies: 9
Views: 191

Re: Screen and audio capture software

Ah, looks like I can make some basic video edits like frame cuts and cropping the image in VLC Media Player.

edit:

This idea sucked. VLC Media Player doesn't really do this correctly.
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Screen and audio capture software
Replies: 9
Views: 191

Re: Screen and audio capture software

I'm playing with OBS Studio right now. Looks promising.

I may soon be looking for some basic video editing software, too. :)
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Screen and audio capture software
Replies: 9
Views: 191

Re: Screen and audio capture software

Cool, I'll give that one a try. I've seen some other references to it, too.
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: (Gimme Some of That) Ol' Atonal Music
Replies: 0
Views: 168

(Gimme Some of That) Ol' Atonal Music

OK, this is pretty great.

by AndrewMeronek
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Screen and audio capture software
Replies: 9
Views: 191

Screen and audio capture software

Does anyone have experience with creating videos of computer software? I'd like to create some playback videos, and there's lots of screen capture software offered online. But, I don't trust Google results without independent verification on the quality of software. Thus, if anyone uses such softwar...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Placing cleaning rod in case?
Replies: 13
Views: 283

Re: Placing cleaning rod in case?

Some cases do have a slot for a cleaning rod. I remember owning a Yamaha case many years ago that had this. But, if the case doesn't, I wouldn't risk trying to find a place for it when there's a risk of having the rod poke a hole in the bell if the case gets dropped. I don't think there's really any...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: New Music!
Replies: 3
Views: 135

Re: New Music!

The tune needed some sharp foresight.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Media
Topic: New Music!
Replies: 3
Views: 135

Re: New Music!

Very nice. That deserved a high five!

har har har
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Styles of Bass Lines
Replies: 12
Views: 395

Re: Styles of Bass Lines

As for some other bass players to check out, I am all for going outside the trombone world. Sometimes, you find just stuff that is unplayable, but a lot of stuff works out perfectly fine on trombone, and a lot of stuff has a mix of both. For example, Chick Corea's Elektric Band, whose bass player is...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Styles of Bass Lines
Replies: 12
Views: 395

Re: Styles of Bass Lines

I like swing a lot, but I mean like generally what would a good funk line (or some other style, any) sound like? Who are good bassists to listen to? Well, in general, one thing lots of bass styles have in common is a general trend of matching strong beats with notes that are lower in the harmonic s...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Keep the corners tight or nah??
Replies: 40
Views: 1064

Re: Keep the corners tight or nah??

I have a hard time following the OP video just because the guy repeats himself and takes his sweet time getting to the point. Not a fan of that lecturing style.
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Bucket mutes
Replies: 13
Views: 394

Re: Bucket mutes

I've settled on the Suolo buckets lately because they're the most versatile. Not quite as easy to get on and off as an EZ-Bucket or a Softone, but not too bad. They do require a bit of practice but I can reliably do it one-handed in about 3 seconds. And, they're quite light. Never really fell in lov...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure mechanics certificates?
Replies: 161
Views: 4639

Re: Embouchure mechanics certificates?

I think this player's embouchure type is fairly easy to spot, but he has one feature that is unusual for players belonging to this embouchure type that we have really discussed too much here. Dave Another downstream, very high placement, from what I see. He sounds like a very solid player. He has a...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Need breathing advise
Replies: 25
Views: 591

Re: Need breathing advise

All that said, I certainly can see different mouthpieces causing differing air usage. I just think that this is more likely a result of differences in how good a player's tone is - i.e., buzzing efficiency - between mouthpieces, not due to the size in of itself. I could be totally wrong - if I am, t...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Need breathing advise
Replies: 25
Views: 591

Re: Need breathing advise

First, this is definitely NOT my experience with tuba mouthpieces on a tuba. And I'm really skeptical that it's true on trombone. Interesting. My personal experience is not this, even to the point where I can play a low C on a trumpet and middle B-flat on trombone and be able to hold the notes for ...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: FS: Getzen 3508R small bore jazz
Replies: 0
Views: 174

FS: Getzen 3508R small bore jazz

I have this horn sitting around and I never play on it any more - so it makes sense that I offer it here in case someone is looking for a good jazz horn. It's always better to have someone play a good horn than to let it sit and gather dust. This a pretty bright, projecting horn. IMHO one of the bet...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Need breathing advise
Replies: 25
Views: 591

Re: Need breathing advise

I'd want some more hard data in terms of actual air flow under experimental conditions. That's absolutely fair. :) But, I'm not trying to be misleading. The same note at the same volume with good tone on different mouthpieces *should* use the same volume of air. I'll add one more caveat, though: Th...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure mechanics certificates?
Replies: 161
Views: 4639

Re: Embouchure mechanics certificates?

My slide crook was made by Benn Hanson about 5 years ago. I don't know if he's still making them. Mine was built into a Shires slide. I really like it. It has the 'feel' of a bigger horn even though it's only a .508 bore slide; it feels more open and there's less resistance. For people who like more...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Extra thick Bach large shanks
Replies: 13
Views: 567

Re: Extra thick Bach large shanks

I'm pretty sure that cutting the shank wall thicker is cheaper.

Especially if they are having trouble controlling the center line of the mouthpiece during cutting. I've seen a fair number of Bach mouthpieces where the inside of the shank is not centered to the outside.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Need breathing advise
Replies: 25
Views: 591

Re: Need breathing advise

Not quite so. It also depends on the resistance of the instrument (with is a function of bore size as well as other factors). I know I can't play a note as long on my bass trombone as I can on a tenor. Some of the breath estimates by Claude Gordon (based on trumpet) in his method book are ridiculou...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure mechanics certificates?
Replies: 161
Views: 4639

Re: Embouchure mechanics certificates?

This subject is a professional trombonist. There are some things he can do to improve his playing that you might spot. What I notice in this clip is related to his inhalations and the attacks. I should say that while this trombonist's playing is highly questionable, he is easily the most handsome o...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Styles of Bass Lines
Replies: 12
Views: 395

Re: Styles of Bass Lines

trombinstharry wrote:
Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:32 pm
Say, I'm jamming with some friends and we're playing some funk for example. What do I do for a bass line? What if we're jammin in latin? etc.
That's not quite what I meant. Do you want to look at either funk bass lines or latin bass lines? Any particular bassist that you admire?
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure mechanics certificates?
Replies: 161
Views: 4639

Re: Embouchure mechanics certificates?

Given Tom's observations are pretty different from mine, I look forward to feedback from our experts. :) It goes to show - this stuff isn't always easy. :)
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Styles of Bass Lines
Replies: 12
Views: 395

Re: Styles of Bass Lines

Bass line styles are often unique to a style, so I think it would be a good idea to narrow down the scope of that question a bit. Are there some styles in particular that you are interested in?
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Need breathing advise
Replies: 25
Views: 591

Re: Need breathing advise

Gary wrote:
Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:29 pm
BTW, I'm no stranger to Yogic breathing.

Thanks for all the suggestions.
No problem - a lot of people are, but it's usually worth bring up just in case. :)
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Need breathing advise
Replies: 25
Views: 591

Re: Need breathing advise

The most frequent reason I have seen for "not enough air" is inefficiency of the buzz. Going from a smaller instrument to a larger one, it's really easy to waste a lot of air and not realize it. Do a lot of extremely soft playing so your capacity matches your expectations. That practice will help e...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure mechanics certificates?
Replies: 161
Views: 4639

Re: Embouchure mechanics certificates?

Watch for his embouchure type first and then go back a second time and pay close attention to his jaw. What do you see? Another one with very little vertical movement, so I find it hard to tell - but I suspect the medium-high where he lowers the mouthpiece to raise the pitch. I'd say more definitel...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Need breathing advise
Replies: 25
Views: 591

Re: Need breathing advise

There's really only one breathing 'exercise' specific to the torso muscles that control the lungs that I recommend: 4-in/4-hold/4-out/4-hold yoga breathing and variations on timings. The only thing I am adamant about is to *never* close off the airway during the holds. Force those muscles to maintai...
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Developing mental focus
Replies: 46
Views: 818

Re: Developing mental focus

I just realized the OP question can be looked at a different way: Memory benefits from incorporating multiple senses into it and otherwise adding multiple contexts so there's more ways for the memory to 'stick'. In jazz, it's pretty standard to practice along with recordings, so to take that idea an...
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure mechanics certificates?
Replies: 161
Views: 4639

Re: Embouchure mechanics certificates?

There's a lot correct about what he's doing. He just needs a little more strength and stability, and a bigger rim size would probably help in several ways. I definitely agree - the trombonist in that last clip looks pretty good in general. It's important for me to remember to not forget to acknowle...
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Developing mental focus
Replies: 46
Views: 818

Re: Developing mental focus

One thing that is great for mental focus is to practice very precise time. Set a metronome to a slow tempo and play very short notes with it, with the goal being to exactly line up your note with the click. Do it right with very short notes, and you should 'hear' the click disappear into your attack...
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure mechanics certificates?
Replies: 161
Views: 4639

Re: Embouchure mechanics certificates?

With that last one, I'd start with addressing how he's doing slurs and make sure he's doing them without that air hitch and to do them as lip glisses. I see lots of players add that air 'hitch' to slurs (where they momentarily back off on the air in the middle of the slur) as a way to try to make th...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Getting used to positions quickly
Replies: 29
Views: 459

Re: Getting used to positions quickly

LOL

Doug is an embouchure expert. Starting around middle Bb (and considering that the 'middle') makes for forming better playing habits right from the get-go and makes it harder to develop some embouchure problems.
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Getting used to positions quickly
Replies: 29
Views: 459

Re: Getting used to positions quickly

I don't want to claim that I've just discoverd America (our local idiom) but I've examined the chromatic scale and I see that it's almost exact match to the trumpet fingering when going up the scale in terms of the tubing length. The only difference that is obvious to me is when we hitting the F# o...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Getting used to positions quickly
Replies: 29
Views: 459

Re: Getting used to positions quickly

Thanks for the tip on sliding and not lipping! I guess I should watch that carefully when coming from trumpet. However, it's very interesting... does it possibly have a downside? I can't think of a downside. As trombonists, we can play perfectly in tune without messing with tuning slides or tiring ...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Video recordings - quality for $$$
Replies: 6
Views: 209

Video recordings - quality for $$$

For those of us who have experimented with making videos for (for example) auditions or other promotional material, is there a preferred device that does a pretty good job for what you spend on it? I'm thinking that it's probably a good idea to ignore the sound quality in a video recorder and use a ...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Getting used to positions quickly
Replies: 29
Views: 459

Re: Getting used to positions quickly

If you already have a background on other instruments, I think the best thing to do is a lot of sight-reading. Scales are useful, but you only really learn the scale patterns if that's all you do. Thus, sight-reading, perhaps with a slide position chart handy for the times when the brain backfires. ...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure mechanics certificates?
Replies: 161
Views: 4639

Re: Embouchure mechanics certificates?

Ah, I wanted to get my response from the first video of that last student out, and it took me a bit to think through what I was seeing. For the second video, I see that his first notes are clearly downstream. That mouthpiece is definitely easier to see things in. :) That motion to have the lower lip...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure mechanics certificates?
Replies: 161
Views: 4639

Re: Embouchure mechanics certificates?

I can't really tell for sure if that last trombonist ascends or descends to go higher in pitch. Both the camera and he is moving around a lot which makes it hard to tell. Taking a stab I'd say he lowers the mouthpiece to ascend and raises it to descend. He has a fairly centered placement. He is angl...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure mechanics certificates?
Replies: 161
Views: 4639

Re: Embouchure mechanics certificates?

Andrew, you're getting Reinhardt's embouchure types a bit mixed up, but I think you have the idea now. I prefer to use the three basic types Doug uses: 1. "Very High Placement" - Downstream/more upper lip inside, embouchure motion up to ascend and down to descend 2. "Medium High Placement" - Downst...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure mechanics certificates?
Replies: 161
Views: 4639

Re: Embouchure mechanics certificates?

Here is a video of two other trumpet players. Both are professional musicians with good range. Again, ignore their air stream direction for now (they are both downstream players, for the record). Instead, look at how they push and pull their lips up and down as they ascend and descend. Can you see ...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure mechanics certificates?
Replies: 161
Views: 4639

Re: Embouchure mechanics certificates?

Don't you think brass pedagogy would better serve everyone if more people had this information at their disposal? Dave I think that brass pedagogy, especially pertaining to getting people a good jump-start in their first two years of playing, is extremely well-served if more instructors had this in...

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