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by AndrewMeronek
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 177
Views: 16732

Re: What we're doing

Just finished a brief run of the Boar's Head Festival Orchestra in Groose Ile, Michigan. It turned out to be a pretty darned good orchestra to play in. My bone-battery mate was Don Bilger.
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Memorizing Techniques
Replies: 9
Views: 480

Re: Memorizing Techniques

Not list listening. Crank the volume and play along with the recordings. Solid memory involves all of the senses and motor skills possible, not just aural reference.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: True Professionalism!!
Replies: 6
Views: 333

Re: True Professionalism!!

I hope all the wind players played on substitute instruments. That capsaicin bomb from those super-hot peppers will be extremely difficult to remove from the instruments.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Favourite Jones-Lewis tune?
Replies: 7
Views: 270

Re: Favourite Jones-Lewis tune?

I think Forever Lasting is a nice under-appreciated gem. It's on the Greetings And Salutations album, which was actually recorded by the Swedish Radio Jazz Group, not the Vanguard orchestra.
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: High note technique
Replies: 37
Views: 1561

Re: High note technique

The guy definitely has chop strength, but I can tell from his mid-register sound that he's forcing some things away from his natural mechanics. I don't want to be too hard on the guy - some of this is perfectly fine advice and he's obviously pretty sharp. A lot of it "not quite right" from my unders...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Diffuse sound in lower register when playing soft
Replies: 11
Views: 1536

Re: Diffuse sound in lower register when playing soft

Would you mind sharing those other things? Stuff I've worked on with Doug Elliot. It's pretty personalized, so my particular tools may not apply to everyone. Boiled down to the basics, though, a lot of it revolves around making sure the somewhat-misnamed 'pivot' is lining up correctly. If you haven...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Preparing for a Performance
Replies: 10
Views: 456

Re: Preparing for a Performance

Yeah, I basically take Jeremy's approach too. Except, I like to add learning the context of what I'd play compared to what other musicians are doing at the same time - essentially, learning the arrangement. Music, in the best sense, is a group activity and I find that paying attention to my fellow m...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Diffuse sound in lower register when playing soft
Replies: 11
Views: 1536

Re: Diffuse sound in lower register when playing soft

I had a problem with low register tone way back in college. I remember Kenneth Thompkins (my individual instructor at the time) had me do mouthpiece buzzing of the specific problem notes. You can't mouthpiece buzz without good focus. Of course, keep in mind that playing the horn will be mechanically...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Wedge mouthpieces: original vs 2nd generation
Replies: 3
Views: 391

Re: Wedge mouthpieces: original vs 2nd generation

I have a 2nd generation 96C that I use on my alto. It's super comfy, but I don't have a 1st generation 96C to compare it to.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Violin labels
Replies: 3
Views: 284

Re: Violin labels

Yes, interesting info.

Also, interestingly, my label matches those shown in font but not in the entirety of the label. I'll probably have to post a pic of it when I get a chance.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Violin labels
Replies: 3
Views: 284

Violin labels

This is a bit off-label for TromboneChat, but I'm just making sure I identify an older violin I have correctly, and the Google god isn't really producing what I need. The label inside has a maker's abbreviation that I think means Jackson-Guldan, but I'm unable to find known violin label pictures fro...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Focus and intonation with double valves in the middle register
Replies: 21
Views: 936

Re: Focus and intonation with double valves in the middle register

Along these lines, there is a nicely made video about trombone slide technique from Jazz At Lincoln Center's Jazz Academy, which does not advocate for any separation like I'm talking about. But, check out the motion at around 2:45: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6Gs7kO10wo&t=165s That little bit o...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Focus and intonation with double valves in the middle register
Replies: 21
Views: 936

Re: Focus and intonation with double valves in the middle register

The bass slide is quite heavy for a girl playing it (Bach 50B3L) and she cannot move the slide between 1-4-1-4 quickly enough while maintaining good tone. I also tried it, but my (quite) fat arm has too much mass and causes disruption in the airflow as well. Moving the slide should never disrupt th...
by AndrewMeronek
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Note tasting
Replies: 7
Views: 407

Re: Note tasting

There certainly is valid research in trying to combine different senses into memory recall. I haven't tried this. My usual method is to not worry about a note per se, but to remember the melody the note starts - to remember context.
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Factors affecting intonation and slide positions
Replies: 8
Views: 1131

Re: Factors affecting intonation and slide positions

All slide positions get gradually farther apart as the slide gets longer. But, there are surprisingly lots of factors that affect intonation, and the good trombone manufacturers spend a whole lot of time and effort getting that stuff under control. But, as a basic guideline, any distortion in the sh...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Alto trombone bad note
Replies: 15
Views: 1556

Re: Alto trombone bad note

I don't have that particular problem on my Shires alto, but I did a fairly extensive mouthpiece search to find one (actually, two) that slot well on it, in term of in-tune partials in general. 12C sizes seem to work best on it, with the Denis Wick Heritage 12C slotting the best and the Wedge 96C (wh...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Jazz Player Accustomed to Jazz Articulation
Replies: 13
Views: 6041

Re: Jazz Player Accustomed to Jazz Articulation

The previous suggestions are all good. I suggest you stop thinking of it as "jazz" or "classical" articulation, and just learn to play "trombone" and "music" well. Work on ALL things you can't do. Great point. For example: https://archive.org/details/78_thanks-for-everything-gracias-por-todo_tommy-...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Jazz Player Accustomed to Jazz Articulation
Replies: 13
Views: 6041

Re: Jazz Player Accustomed to Jazz Articulation

Everyone is different, but there are a few things to try that work well for a lot of people: Touch the tongue on the hard palette behind the front teeth, and not on the teeth. If you have trouble with this, you may need to move your entire tongue up and back a bit so the reach is correct. If you try...
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teaching Jazz Trombone to kids
Replies: 9
Views: 5444

Re: Teaching Jazz Trombone to kids

Those days are not really gone. Musicians who 'make it' specifically as jazz players still have to go through that process of intense, long term listening and imitation. There's just a lot of incentive in institutions to generate and push learning materials in addition to this process so that studen...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teaching Jazz Trombone to kids
Replies: 9
Views: 5444

Re: Teaching Jazz Trombone to kids

As much as universities are trying to codify otherwise, learning jazz is traditionally very strongly aural and imitative. Virtually all the 'greats' of the first century learned jazz by wearing out records or being lucky enough to be able to see live jazz every day.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Tablets
Replies: 34
Views: 19574

Re: Tablets

I recently did a big band gig where the lead trumpet player forgot his book and ended up having his wife generously snap pics of his parts and send to him via smartphone. He was reading from his phone on the stand. I have to imagine he got his wife a nice box of chocolates after that gig. :)
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Big Band Performances and Fees
Replies: 15
Views: 25056

Re: Big Band Performances and Fees

Wow, I had no idea that the deer and black bears in rugged central Pennsylvania would support 5-6 big bands! Seriously, I've driven through lots of different parts of central Pennsylvania. Beautiful country. When it comes to dances, the bigger the venue you can fill, the better. With a good venue an...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Opinions on the new Music Modernization Act
Replies: 5
Views: 1960

Re: Opinions on the new Music Modernization Act

I like that *something* got passed. I'd like to see a more comprehensive overview of the law, meant specifically for musicians to read, instead of the simplified news reel blurbs.
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What's the difference between trombone and cello?
Replies: 14
Views: 1425

Re: What's the difference between trombone and cello?

I was going to say that unlike trombonists, cellists aren't afraid of vibrato. But I see Robert beat me to it. Not only that, but a lot of trombonists are hesitant to use a strong 'ping' at the front of a note, which on cello would be equivalent to a strong 'bite' of the bow into the string at the ...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Hissy/fuzzy sound
Replies: 11
Views: 1564

Re: Hissy/fuzzy sound

I remember finding a while ago a mouthpiece that had a 'shelf' in the backbore due to it not being drilled exactly on center. It had that 'fuzz' kind of sound. Basically, the manufacturing defect junked it.
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Clapping banned at British University
Replies: 6
Views: 1052

Re: Clapping banned at British University

If clapping is an issue for some people sensitive to loud noises, what about the performances themselves?

There may be a difference, but I'm skeptical.
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 177
Views: 16732

Re: What we're doing

It's cool to see a variety of ensembles represented here. I feel I'm in a good place here in Detroit, given that there are some great jazz orchestras, symphonic orchestras, and brass bands in the area. I have my regular gig with the Rhythm Society Orchestra, which is almost 20 years old (and I'm an ...
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Maintaining Your Best Tone Through The Day and The Week
Replies: 8
Views: 1366

Re: Maintaining Your Best Tone Through The Day and The Week

squidge your mouthparts This is the most entertaining description I've seen today! Maybe all week! :lol: In a sense, I do this, although with a couple of lessons with Doug Elliot, I have more formal ways of thinking about this. Occlusions and whatnot. I find myself thinking in terms of tone that ar...
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure question
Replies: 23
Views: 2314

Re: Embouchure question

If you play with the mouthpiece centered, it may help to move it right or left. Lots of people, including pros, play off-center.
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Beethoven 9th Symphony - Alto or Tenor
Replies: 16
Views: 2038

Re: Beethoven 9th Symphony - Alto or Tenor

JohnL wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:43 am
AndrewMeronek wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:02 am
Forgive my ignorance, but what is a M.D.?
I think "Musical Director".
Doh!

That makes sense.
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Beethoven 9th Symphony - Alto or Tenor
Replies: 16
Views: 2038

Re: Beethoven 9th Symphony - Alto or Tenor

Well, we had the first rehearsal last night and tried out the options for small and large bore tenor. The M.D. prefers the fuller sound of the large bore. We spoke about having different timbres but actually I think due to range, differences in sound concepts and instruments we naturally have some ...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Big band charts suggestions that will get the crowd dancing.
Replies: 15
Views: 1379

Re: Big band charts suggestions that will get the crowd dancing.

My suggestion is that all big band musicians who play for dances should take at least a few swing and ballroom dance lessons so they have a small clue what their role is. Then you might not have to ask the question. Damn great advice! I'm a terrible dancer. But I have stood in for the odd dance les...
by AndrewMeronek
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Big band charts suggestions that will get the crowd dancing.
Replies: 15
Views: 1379

Re: Big band charts suggestions that will get the crowd dancing.

Putting together a good dance set is definitely an art, and requires attention. As far specific tunes that people like to dance to, you should at least get stuff that people recognize from the swing era. Miller, yes. Also the classic Benny Goodman/Tommy Dorsey/Artie Shaw/Count Basie/etc. stuff. Ther...
by AndrewMeronek
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: 2001: A Space Podyssey
Replies: 4
Views: 965

Re: 2001: A Space Podyssey

Wow! I feel ashamed that I've never heard of this.
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: 2001: A Space Podyssey
Replies: 4
Views: 965

Re: 2001: A Space Podyssey

Cute!
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: Jeunaturel wood Tenor Trombone / Euphonium mouthpiece 11C ergonomic rim small shank
Replies: 8
Views: 1337

Re: Jeunaturel wood Tenor Trombone / Euphonium mouthpiece 11C ergonomic rim small shank

BGuttman wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:29 pm
Those aren't scratches. They are wood grain.
Oooh, that's interesting. I didn't realize you can get grains perpendicular to the growth rings like that.
by AndrewMeronek
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: Jeunaturel wood Tenor Trombone / Euphonium mouthpiece 11C ergonomic rim small shank
Replies: 8
Views: 1337

Re: Jeunaturel wood Tenor Trombone / Euphonium mouthpiece 11C ergonomic rim small shank

I have no issue with the size of the mouthpiece.

I'm skeptical of the deep horizontal scratches shown on the rim.
by AndrewMeronek
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Soundtrack arrangements
Replies: 3
Views: 912

Re: Soundtrack arrangements

J.W. Pepper is probably a good place to start. They sell a lot of educational big band stuff, which includes some movie themes.
by AndrewMeronek
Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Soundtrack arrangements
Replies: 3
Views: 912

Re: Soundtrack arrangements

I obviously don't have the answer. I'm curious what a "big band soundtrack" is. Is this a specific edition of something?
by AndrewMeronek
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Practice routine
Replies: 14
Views: 1638

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: 14
Views: 1638

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: 1266

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: 1266

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: 1266

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: 56
Views: 4795

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: 1162

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: 1111

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: 1442

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: 955

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: 3
Views: 1252

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...

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