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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: 323

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: 674

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: 562

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: 1249

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: 538

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: 384

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: 565

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: 1436

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: 610

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: 610

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: 1473

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: 1143

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: 1135

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: 1135

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: 863

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: 1791

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: 1085

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: 1237

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: 1351

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: 1237

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: 7772

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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