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by VJOFan
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Is this a reasonable goal?
Replies: 4
Views: 272

Re: Is this a reasonable goal?

What has been interesting is that I may not have been pursuing the right thing exactly but ended up doing something worthwhile. Controlling the horn angle to fit my face instead of the weight of the horn dictating things has brought a few noticeable improvements. The equal rim pressure ended up bein...
by VJOFan
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Is this a reasonable goal?
Replies: 4
Views: 272

Re: Is this a reasonable goal?

Have you identified an angle to the instrument that produces the most efficient results? One way to do so (borrowed from Sam Burtis aka Sabutin on the old forum) is to buzz a Bb and then place the mp in the instrument without altering the angle you have on the mp alone. You may have to angle the in...
by VJOFan
Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Is this a reasonable goal?
Replies: 4
Views: 272

Is this a reasonable goal?

Is it a worthwhile goal to even out rim pressure? More exactly, to not let holding the horn dictate mouthpiece angle and thus creating higher pressure points.
by VJOFan
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure mechanics certificates?
Replies: 161
Views: 4849

Re: Embouchure mechanics certificates?

First, I gotta give a shout out to Doug Elliot for the few lessons I've had with him. My playing is as easy as it has ever been, and I've been getting a fair amount of compliments for my tone lately. :biggrin: I'm wondering: has anyone tried to incorporate brass embouchure mechanics into part of a ...
by VJOFan
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Focus and intonation with double valves in the middle register
Replies: 37
Views: 1992

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

Last year I rediscovered the Blume 36 Studies. An oldie but a goodie that really gets a player around some alternate positions and a lot of keys.

If you are just starting to get into using alternates you could do worse than looking at these studies as a tutor for getting going on it.
by VJOFan
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Practice "Periodization"
Replies: 12
Views: 542

Re: Practice "Periodization"

In athletics, a peak performance is a maximal effort. After, you're done. No repeats. And the periodization is to get your system to a new level of fitness to support a new higher level of performance, but without hurting you along the way. I'm having a hard time thinking of such a situation in tro...
by VJOFan
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Practice "Periodization"
Replies: 12
Views: 542

Re: Practice "Periodization"

sabutin does something like this by use of random chance selection of what to do. (snip) But I think you're asking more along the lines of the old Russian athletics periodization routines to build peak capabilities for specific competitions. I have not seen anything like that. Though personally I c...
by VJOFan
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Practice "Periodization"
Replies: 12
Views: 542

Re: Practice "Periodization"

There’s nothing to prevent you from drawing up your own schedule with set days to focus on certain aspects of technique. Absolutely! I'm asking this as more of an intellectual question rather than looking for personal advice. Maybe some have thought this through, maybe some have not and maybe some ...
by VJOFan
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Practice "Periodization"
Replies: 12
Views: 542

Practice "Periodization"

In almost every sporting environment athletes train different aspects of their conditioning and skills on different days and alter intensity over the course of several weeks. In trombone practice or warm up books I have encountered there is usually an emphasis on covering all the bases everyday. Is ...
by VJOFan
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Advice from successful orchestra auditions or auditions committee members
Replies: 6
Views: 1049

Re: Advice from successful orchestra auditions or auditions committee members

Lastly, no one can tell you exactly what each committee will be listening for - there are different individual musicians making up each committee. Each will have their own pet peeves, and there may not be 100% agreement among them. This is so true! After the only audition that got me a chair in a p...
by VJOFan
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 195
Views: 20520

Re: What we're doing

Playing with the “Irish Film and Pops Orchestra” next weekend - rehearsals all weekend, the concert at Artane School of Music on Sunday, 7:30pm GMT (I believe there’s to be a livestream if you have Facebook, but I don’t!). Should be fun - same section as last year, and playing some of my favorite m...
by VJOFan
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 195
Views: 20520

Re: What we're doing

I hardly play these days because home life takes precedent for some very good reasons. (And I don't need to hustle gigs for money) But a buddy messaged me looking for a sub and I ended up playing my first orchestral show in about 3 years last week. I forgot the kind of concentration needed to do tha...
by VJOFan
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Doubling on trombone and cornet
Replies: 15
Views: 813

Re: Doubling on trombone and cornet

When I play trumpet it is like doing weights for the embouchure muscles. It's good. Really firms things up. I just have to relax it all a little when I go back to trombone. The most important difference between trumpet and trombone, for me anyway, is the air. If I blow the trumpet with the same volu...
by VJOFan
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Preparing for a Performance
Replies: 10
Views: 713

Re: Preparing for a Performance

The tools to make any philosophical approach to preparation work are listening and score study. The physical practice means nothing without doing those two things.
by VJOFan
Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Toilet Plunger as Mute
Replies: 10
Views: 852

Re: Toilet Plunger as Mute

http://s3files.core77.com/blog/images/2 ... ogs003.jpg

This is what most people buy. (You remove the handle...)

Should be about five or six inches diameter for a trombone.
by VJOFan
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Big Band Performances and Fees
Replies: 15
Views: 25484

Re: Big Band Performances and Fees

I live in a medium/small city (about 300 000 pop.) There are a lot of groups in town but three big bands that play regularly. They have different focuses but have one thing in common: they create their own work first. They have a regular set of performances each year and then consider any other offe...
by VJOFan
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Did we always get "the hand"?
Replies: 9
Views: 1257

Re: Did we always get "the hand"?

When I played in Mozart's orchestra in Leipzig.... You'd have to find some contemporary journals, diaries or letters to get a real answer to your question, Certainly by 1900 trombones had a reputation for loud, "Don't look at the trombones. It only encourages them." Richard Strauss. But for my own e...
by VJOFan
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Jazz Player Accustomed to Jazz Articulation
Replies: 13
Views: 6295

Re: Jazz Player Accustomed to Jazz Articulation

To amplify what Doug said above, there is no single "jazz" or "legit" articulation. Players have the great joy of creating a giant pallet of articulations to use as needed to paint the musical picture they want. The goal is to be able to do more than one articulation. For that there is already some ...
by VJOFan
Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Diffuse sound in lower register when playing soft
Replies: 11
Views: 1771

Re: Diffuse sound in lower register when playing soft

To add to the good advice so far is a personal observation that, in my playing, to get a beautiful loud sound and a beautiful soft sound the perceived physical feel is almost opposite to what an audience member might believe is happening. When I am really letting the sound go that is how it feels. I...
by VJOFan
Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Doug Elliott’s film “The Brass Player’s Embouchure”
Replies: 51
Views: 7951

Re: Doug Elliott’s film “The Brass Player’s Embouchure”

... There are so many variables in any teaching and learning situation that I am coming to the belief that it defies a scientific study approach, in the manner of a drug trial. ... What would be the alternative? A brass pedagogy where people argue based on their own beliefs formed on their very spe...
by VJOFan
Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Doug Elliott’s film “The Brass Player’s Embouchure”
Replies: 51
Views: 7951

Re: Doug Elliott’s film “The Brass Player’s Embouchure”

To set the context for my thinking I am presently teaching E nglish as s econd l anguage at the high school level. In training for that position I have read a lot of "research". I put it in quotes because a lot of ESL research is done on a very small scale and in quite specific circumstances. The pr...
by VJOFan
Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Maintaining Your Best Tone Through The Day and The Week
Replies: 8
Views: 1532

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

Take your first note of the day very seriously. It is possible (for most of us most of the time) for it to be beautiful; it is possible (for most of us most of the time) for it to be your best of the day. "Warm ups" are really practice routines: you start with what you know you can do and work towar...
by VJOFan
Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Playing while teaching private lessons (poll)
Replies: 11
Views: 2179

Re: Playing while teaching private lessons (poll)

I like playing with students. I even played for and with groups when I conducted bands. Modelling is very powerful so if you can play in tune, with a good sound and characteristic style for the repertoire it isn’t a waste of anyone’s time to play. As many have written above there is a balance to be ...
by VJOFan
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Alessi music studios reviews?
Replies: 8
Views: 1875

Re: Alessi music studios reviews?

If I knew I had the time to practice everyday lime I did when I was a student, I would be all over this resource. Just listening to him play two or three excerpts is almost worth the money. I'm not a user so I am going on just clicking around the site. The stuff on offer (even simple things like dro...
by VJOFan
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue stopping
Replies: 34
Views: 3284

Re: Tongue stopping

There is a lot of discussion on this thread of use of the 'glottis' in stopping notes. I don't think I understand what that means at all. I'm sure it works fine for these players, I just don't get it. Are those who say they use the glottis closing their throats somehow at the end of a note? Please e...
by VJOFan
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Play Along Suggestions - what do you prefer?
Replies: 10
Views: 1819

Re: Play Along Suggestions - what do you prefer?

I enjoyed using Smart Music when I was a teacher. There was a lot of variety of music with jazz, classical, solos and ensembles of all kinds.

I liked being able to change the tempo of songs too.

You have to pay for it but it really is a quality service.
by VJOFan
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: I practice my legato and made a recording. Comments?
Replies: 2
Views: 556

Re: I practice my legato and made a recording. Comments?

You have a very nice sound and I love the song you play on the recording. For my taste, even when you add some tongue, there is too much glissando effect between notes. My choice for legato is to make it sound like a wind player with keys or valves playing with no tongue:very connected but not smear...
by VJOFan
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: What Symphonies should I listen to?
Replies: 8
Views: 881

Re: What Symphonies should I listen to?

I agree with Mr. Guttman above to start with what you are going to play next year. This "professional" listening is a good habit. Otherwise for general listening, when I first decided to become a better listener, one thing that helped was to focus on one topic or composer at a time. I remember a Chr...
by VJOFan
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue level, vowel sounds, thoughts
Replies: 24
Views: 1822

Re: Tongue level, vowel sounds, thoughts

:clever: I thought this emoji stood for pedantic, not clever. Saying a vowel's name is a multi-movement process that has the tongue (and various sections of the tongue really)gliding through many positions until, when the sound is complete, everything returns to a neutral position. Instructions to s...
by VJOFan
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Listening and Learning: one song, three ways
Replies: 5
Views: 758

Re: Listening and Learning: one song, three ways

Upon further investigation I see that this tune is one of those that goes back into the very origins of American popular musical styles. As far as the recorded history of music is concerned, the song has always been. If there comes a day when I can immerse myself in musical study again I will defini...
by VJOFan
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Listening and Learning: one song, three ways
Replies: 5
Views: 758

Listening and Learning: one song, three ways

I sat down here at lunch and felt like listening to a favourite track from a J J Johnson album. It was just as easy to You Tube it as to pull it up from my iTunes on my phone. So many versions of See See Rider. I had only ever really listened to the version on the third link I'll post below. I had n...
by VJOFan
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: I need help to stop coasting!
Replies: 20
Views: 1837

Re: I need help to stop coasting!

Start practicing the stuff you have, regularly, first.

When you re-establish the habit of practice you will start to see what you need to work on more and then you can find the things to help in those areas.
by VJOFan
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: 7th position lip slurs
Replies: 12
Views: 1367

Re: 7th position lip slurs

No one has talked about just working that range a bit before trying to initiate a slur pattern out there. A glissando from the Bb out to A and back to Bb and so on, just slowly meandering ever further down the horn can help you figure out the similarities and differences between how that ( or any ot...
by VJOFan
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: How to organize dramatic elements in music
Replies: 12
Views: 2598

Re: How to organize dramatic elements in music

I've been asked on several occasions by people after a performance if what they heard was excellent? They just couldn't hear the difference between a 19 year old kids with a few years of lessons and a professional soloist. This may be true, but I think it's worth considering that typical people are...
by VJOFan
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: How to organize dramatic elements in music
Replies: 12
Views: 2598

Re: How to organize dramatic elements in music

One thing I am learning more and more as I slowly move further and further away from being "in" music to just occasionally seeing some music is that untrained (no music school background or extensive practice beyond high school) audience members aren't really hearing what trained musicians hear. I'v...
by VJOFan
Fri May 25, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teaching Jazz
Replies: 6
Views: 1061

Re: Teaching Jazz

The only part missing from this thread is having something to say when you play. If you have a feeling or a purpose you want to accomplish with your solo it makes a difference to the audience.

The technique should be there to facilitate your imagination.
by VJOFan
Wed May 16, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Building a Sound Concept - Is there a "too early"?
Replies: 27
Views: 2440

Re: Building a Sound Concept - Is there a "too early"?

My first teacher (I was 11 years old or so) was an Eastman grad bass trombonist. Trying to make my Conn Director sound like his massive, symphonic, bass trombone sound was my concept maker. I mention this as a way to say that you may not need to discuss sound concept per se but rather, as hinted abo...
by VJOFan
Tue May 15, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Method Books
Replies: 10
Views: 1318

Re: Method Books

I recently had a period where I was able to get back into practicing for 20 minutes a day. I chose two books: The Charles Colin Lip Slurs and the O. Blume 36 Studies. A page and a study a day respectfully from each book got me back to speed very quickly. They are both progressively arranged and take...
by VJOFan
Thu May 10, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Projecting
Replies: 11
Views: 1492

Re: Projecting

Any tips on projecting in general? In my own playing journey I didn't really start to "project" well until I stopped trying to play loud. Projection was fixed by really listening for my sound in the hall and thinking about putting it to different places. The sound opens up when you let it go instea...
by VJOFan
Wed May 09, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Keeping the horn steady
Replies: 13
Views: 1651

Re: Keeping the horn steady

Extending the slide (as alluded to in the post that mentions the Davis Schumann horn) does not capitalize on the most natural path of the hand when the arm is straightened. It takes some thought and focused practice to get your arm to extend along the same plain as the slide. The palm down method me...
by VJOFan
Wed May 09, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Projecting
Replies: 11
Views: 1492

Re: Projecting

Can someone explain what physically changes when going from playing softly to loudly? This just occurred to me while sitting here at the computer. Louder is also called increased volume. As most players eventually find out the volume in question is volume of air. I sat here and thought about how to...
by VJOFan
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Is This The New Trombone Forum?
Replies: 41
Views: 11092

Re: Is This The New Trombone Forum?

I think the resource wasn't so much the countless posts but the people making them. With the right musicians in the mix it won't be long until there is plenty of "priceless information" on this site. Some of the most skilled and knowledgeable members on TTF re-stated their core ideas numerous times ...

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