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by AndrewMeronek
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Practice routine
Replies: 10
Views: 275

Re: Practice routine

I believe Christian Lindberg draws from literature only, not etudes. I tend to go this direction as well, but it depends on what I'm working on. Working on sight-reading alto trombone, for example, I just read whatever I can get my hands on. But working on speed, I practice patterns that I'm likely...
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Practice routine
Replies: 10
Views: 275

Re: Practice routine

I practice with a fairly non-strict schedule, although I wouldn't recommend this to someone who isn't already completely familiar with their playing. Discipline does help a lot of things. It depends on what gigs I have coming up. As a general rule, if I'm not working toward something specific, I jus...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Lesson Requirements
Replies: 7
Views: 181

Re: Lesson Requirements

It works for me, on both Chrome and IE. Maybe you have a setting that is blocking something?
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Lesson Requirements
Replies: 7
Views: 181

Re: Lesson Requirements

That's a good one! I'm adding it.

Thanks. :)
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Lesson Requirements
Replies: 7
Views: 181

Lesson Requirements

Concerning teaching new students, I'm thinking of making it a standard practice for myself to give them (and parents, if applicable) the document linked on this page. Feedback is always welcome - I'm especially interested in what could be removed or added. https://andrewmeronek.com/2018/09/19/lesson...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!
Replies: 52
Views: 2526

Re: I took over a big band and I am officially insane!

Sounds like the band doesn't have a clear focus on what they want to do. That can be pretty frustrating.

On a different note, I have a couple of friends with clinical depression. It can be pretty rough for them, especially when they are transitioning to new meds.
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Alternative Big Band Setups?
Replies: 7
Views: 230

Re: Alternative Big Band Setups?

In my experience, the biggest cause of terrible on-stage balance isn't the physical orientation of the horns, but is having the instruments with amps playing way too loud. A fairly effective solution, if that is the case, is to have all amps placed on chairs, right next to the players whose instrume...
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Hearing Protection
Replies: 9
Views: 243

Re: Hearing Protection

I keep a pair of these in every trombone case, in my mute bag, and in my car: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007FKY8SI/?coliid=I2SA1DZJV6M3PU&colid=8286XRA2J4Z0&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it I find that in loud environments, I need as much protection as possible. It's about protecting myself from damage, a...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Arm soreness while playing
Replies: 14
Views: 307

Re: Arm soreness while playing

It's interesting how some musicians adopt odd postures, likely to transfer stress from one part of the body to another. Here' trumpeter Walter White is clearly shown with both shoulders up, and the left higher than the right. I think he probably does this to transfer stress off of his deltoids, and ...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Beginning Small Ensemble Literature
Replies: 3
Views: 111

Re: Beginning Small Ensemble Literature

Salvation Army books are written to be performable by small ensembles just like you're talking about.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Favourite jazz musicians on other instruments
Replies: 2
Views: 171

Re: Favourite jazz musicians on other instruments

The people I listen to tend to nowadays tend to be more about musical and compositional variety than being technical masters. Some of them certainly are technical masters, but that's not why I go back and re-listen. For example, yesterday I checked out Eddie Daniels with the Harlem Quartet at the De...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: A very unusual trumpet embouchure
Replies: 18
Views: 606

Re: A very unusual trumpet embouchure

Looks to me like his occlusion involves moving a bit down and to his left when descending. Not very unusual.

I'm thinking it's a bit of an unusually low placement for that occlusion, though, which in my very limited experience usually happens on a higher-placed downstream setup.
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: I Say A Little Prayer - Big band arrangment
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: I Say A Little Prayer - Big band arrangment

Sounds like an opportunity to contact Franklin's estate and get permission to write some arrangements.
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue stopping
Replies: 34
Views: 1163

Re: Tongue stopping

In terms of style, there are times when a tongue cutoff is completely appropriate - for example, some kinds of funk licks. But if one of my students can't control that, it kind of depends on the student. I guess I'd start with tongueless attacks and releases, just to see how well the student does wi...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Switching from music ed to music performance
Replies: 13
Views: 332

Re: Switching from music ed to music performance

Both degrees are a lot of work. I recommend that if you're going performance, make sure you get some business-saavy training in addition to the musically intense stuff. It's hard to make a living by just being a good musician, and good marketing/organizational/legal skills come in surprisingly handy.
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece Material
Replies: 28
Views: 985

Re: Mouthpiece Material

Another concern for mouthpiece material is the specific heat of a material. As a general rule, if the mouthpiece warms up faster from your body heat while playing it, the better.
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece Material
Replies: 28
Views: 985

Re: Mouthpiece Material

I believe the plating has a lot to do with it as well. I have a Rhodium plated brass piece. Apparently Rhodium is used by jewelers due do its strong resistance to tarnish, corrosion and scratches. Even though it its harder than both silver and gold, I have always felt it was one of my most comforta...
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Watrous, Rosolino, Fontana
Replies: 22
Views: 1058

Re: Watrous, Rosolino, Fontana

Only fast notes with not so much dynamic nuance is not a criticism of Carl Fontana that I've ever heard before.
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Watrous, Rosolino, Fontana
Replies: 22
Views: 1058

Re: Watrous, Rosolino, Fontana

Sometimes it's about the construction of an album, not just the playing. An album with more variety in form will tend to be more interesting than an album that repeats the same form. This is my main criticism for a lot of bebop recordings: way too many of them stick to head-solos in the same order-h...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Bill Watrous, Body and Soul
Replies: 4
Views: 253

Re: Bill Watrous, Body and Soul

I haven't been a huge fan of Watrous' playing, but this recording is great.
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue position
Replies: 10
Views: 691

Re: Tongue position

Teaching tonguing can be surprisingly tricky because it's hard to really know what's going on inside the mouth by feel, and because when someone says to use 'lah' or 'tee' it may mean something different from what the student thinks due to vowel differences between native languages. I have 4 tongue ...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Alto and Small Tenor Mouthpiece(s?)
Replies: 16
Views: 625

Re: Alto and Small Tenor Mouthpiece(s?)

Different mouthpieces for me. As others noted already, intonation is a big issue. Altos and small tenors also do not have the same range, nor the same "sweet" range. Choosing a mouthpiece for a horn, to me, includes balancing this, and there's no reason why they would end up with the same mouthpiece...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Starting a Brass Ensemble Library
Replies: 18
Views: 739

Re: Starting a Brass Ensemble Library

That's probably the toughest thing about starting a band, with finding gigs a close second. Libraries cost $$$. I suggest you ask for help from the members to buy charts, and ask for donations at the concert and find any other way to raise money. Use money raised to repay everyone who spent money on...
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: criteria for increasing flexibility speed
Replies: 13
Views: 618

Re: criteria for increasing flexibility speed

Very fast playing often involves different muscle motions than slow playing, so just starting slow and gradually working up with the metronome sometimes doesn't get you there. There are a fair amount of teachers (not trombonists; other instruments who study speed smarter) who advocate not just the m...
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Reduce sound level but not as much as a practice mute
Replies: 11
Views: 333

Re: Reduce sound level but not as much as a practice mute

Fill your closet with clothes and play into it.
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Intonation Repair Tool
Replies: 16
Views: 1028

Re: Intonation Repair Tool

We should be able to play an ET major scale by ear, right? Only to a point. No recording artist actually does this without autotune. And we all know how good that sounds. IMHO intonation is a musical tool that be pushed, pulled, stretched, etc., just like everything else. It is, of course, still im...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Intonation Repair Tool
Replies: 16
Views: 1028

Re: Intonation Repair Tool

But what I'm finding is that like most people I'm more likely to be sharp, meaning sharper than ET, which is even worse. I have an embarrassing recording from the last community band concert I've considered sharing, and then reconsidered for that reason. Concert bands, when they sound good, use mor...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Intonation Repair Tool
Replies: 16
Views: 1028

Re: Intonation Repair Tool

timothy42b wrote:
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:59 am
I have been doing the opposite, playing with a drone in equal temperament. It's challenging.
Yes, that would be. :shock:
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Intonation Repair Tool
Replies: 16
Views: 1028

Re: Intonation Repair Tool

I've heard of it but haven't played with it. I like the idea. IMHO playing with drones is one of the easiest and best ways to experiment with just intonation, but breaking up that idea with what's in that video sounds fun. It's also very important to simply go out and listen to music in just intonat...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 117
Views: 5711

Re: What we're doing

I just got done playing a puppet show called "Wanda And Winky Go To California" based on the children's book of the same name. Unusual orchestra: trombone and piano only. It turned out to be fun and as far as tromboning goes, fairly challenging. A mix of classical music (selections from the Korsakov...
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Notation programs
Replies: 18
Views: 1079

Re: Notation programs

I'm a Sibelius user. I used Musescore for big band last year a couple of times, mainly to check it out. It's fine for generating parts from a score, but the version I had didn't really produce good looking scores; just pragmatic. The parts looked fine. I understand that there has been a major versio...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: High range to low range
Replies: 30
Views: 1012

Re: High range to low range

Is it just me, or is there an unusually high number of bass trombone players in this thread?
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: High range to low range
Replies: 30
Views: 1012

Re: High range to low range

David Wilken is an expert on how different embouchure work and made this handy introductory video several years ago (part 1 of 6 linked here): Thank you for the plug, Andrew. While I'm at it, I want to credit Doug Elliott for being so generous with his time teaching me about brass embouchures and a...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: High range to low range
Replies: 30
Views: 1012

Re: High range to low range

mrdeacon wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:03 am
No worries! I've just never heard of that concept before and I'm curious to hear more about it!
David Wilken is an expert on how different embouchure work and made this handy introductory video several years ago (part 1 of 6 linked here):

by AndrewMeronek
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: High range to low range
Replies: 30
Views: 1012

Re: High range to low range

... I shift by sliding my lips on my teeth, not sliding the mouthpiece. Got that pro tip from Doug Elliot. (Amongst many others.) I don't think this is necessarily universal for all embouchure types, though. Sorry, could you explain that a bit more? I'm not really the right guy to talk about all th...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: High range to low range
Replies: 30
Views: 1012

Re: High range to low range

Not everyone can play shiftless. I can't. But, I shift by sliding my lips on my teeth, not sliding the mouthpiece. Got that pro tip from Doug Elliot. (Amongst many others.) I don't think this is necessarily universal for all embouchure types, though. Also important is returning to the same horn angl...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: 7th Position
Replies: 16
Views: 735

Re: 7th Position

I would add another catagory: "When it keeps the slide going in one direction and/or there is a technical advantage" That's the one I would click... Just a thought. This, and this applies to pretty much all common alternate positions. I've put in a fair amount of work making sure I'm comfortable wi...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Building range
Replies: 4
Views: 270

Re: Building range

Every range building exercise really has to boil down to having the horn on the face with only short breaks for a fairly long time, in the goal register, with intervals of rest once the chops get tired. There are lots of variations on that theme out there. Most of them combine range building with so...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info
Replies: 26
Views: 1011

Re: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info

So, someone is allowed to fabricate their own Army Blues CDs and sell them to whatever profit they desire? I'm not talking about reselling already bought CDs.

That doesn't sound right.
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info
Replies: 26
Views: 1011

Re: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info

If you have something and somebody else wants to pay for it, you can sell it. Copyright gets involved when you want to replicate it or broadcast it. I've bought lots of Mozart and Beethoven symphonies, both sheet music and recordings. It's all Public Domain music, but the folks who printed the shee...
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info
Replies: 26
Views: 1011

Re: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info

Surely this doesn't apply to private transactions that occur after the initial purchase? I read this as saying the initial sale by the military cannot cost more than the price to produce and distribute. What someone does after that is their own business. (both figuratively, and possibly literally :...
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info
Replies: 26
Views: 1011

Re: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info

I haven't found the tidbit of legalese saying that military band recordings belong to the public domain, but second-hand Googling does reinforce this. Are you allowed to sell public domain property for your own profit without modifying it (and hence creating original work)?
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Beethoven 9th Symphony - Alto or Tenor
Replies: 6
Views: 575

Re: Beethoven 9th Symphony - Alto or Tenor

I'd make the alto work, but if there isn't enough time, I'd go with a small bore tenor. Remember that the German writing from this period assumed 3 different timbres from the trombone section, and this was an intended tool for blending between trombones and other sections.
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info
Replies: 26
Views: 1011

Re: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info

I was able to find this tidbit of legalese: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/10/974 (c)Recordings.— (1) When authorized under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense for purposes of this section, a military musical unit may produce recordings for distribution to the public, at a co...
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info
Replies: 26
Views: 1011

Re: SOS:: Airmen of Note Info

U.S. Military albums are public domain, and people selling them for profit technically are committing a copyright crime. Contact the band directly, through military channels. They will be able to make copies and send you one. http://www.music.af.mil/Bands/The-United-States-Air-Force-Band/Ensembles/A...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Who's going to ITF?
Replies: 4
Views: 821

Re: Who's going to ITF?

Dammit. I should have thought about this before now.

https://www.trombone.net/festival/

Apparently, it's July 11-14. :shuffle:
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?
Replies: 29
Views: 1945

Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

Some of my favorites, specific to jazz improv:

Jack Teagarden
Carl Fontana
Frank Rosolino
John Allred
Scott Whitfield
John Fedchock
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Home Improvement: Gutter cleaning
Replies: 7
Views: 494

Re: Home Improvement: Gutter cleaning

On the flip side, instead of gutters on the roof, you can install protective concrete or something like that on the ground surrounding your house so the roof drainage doesn't dissolve the soil around your basement walls.
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Intonation, drones, and equal temperament
Replies: 1
Views: 226

Re: Intonation, drones, and equal temperament

Sure, that makes sense.

Can your tuner do other temperaments than 12ET?

>-D

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