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by VJOFan
Tue Jun 23, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Music lessons every day?
Replies: 13
Views: 1010

Re: Music lessons every day?

I have been teaching online since the end of March- not music but ESL. Where that intersects with your question is that I have done spurts of daily conversation practice and reading practice over this period. The daily thing can get to be a bit of a drag after a while. The reading hasn’t been so bad...
by VJOFan
Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 11320

Re: Yikes

Wow. Accused. Tried. Convicted. Executed. By a mob. In an afternoon. Congratulations. The mob mentality is exactly what we are reacting against, but we are doing it by perpetuating the mob mentality. There has to be a better way than public lynchings. Haven't we learned anything from the mistakes o...
by VJOFan
Sun May 24, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Is it okay to go to college for a music education degree later in life? Is the virus going to change music education?
Replies: 23
Views: 1520

Re: Is it okay to go to college for a music education degree later in life? Is the virus going to change music education

If you love music, but not teaching, music teaching is a living hell! Only after you have really got things going on as a teacher do you ever get to the making music part of the job. If you don’t get the teaching side right, the music will be bad and you will be frustrated. In my career I’m glad for...
by VJOFan
Fri May 15, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The sound in your head
Replies: 24
Views: 812

Re: The sound in your head

I got my first sound concept trying to match my first teacher’s 10 inch bell, symphonic bass trombone playing on my Conn Director.

Form there I became a mimic, copying the sound and style of whoever I was playing with or the genre I was playing.
by VJOFan
Sat May 02, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Trombone Quiz!
Replies: 27
Views: 2052

Re: Trombone Quiz!

I was only really sure of the excerpts and the ______ logo (don’t want to be a spoiler). But guessed my way to nerdville. Thanks for doing this!
by VJOFan
Sat May 02, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The GVRAT 1000K
Replies: 7
Views: 841

Re: The GVRAT 1000K

Sounds like a great concept :-) But more seriously, is the money used for a good cause or something? Didn't catch anything. A sizable portion of the proceeds (over $100 000) are going to Feed USA Tennessee (a food bank organization) and all profits from the dog division (yes dogs are officially rac...
by VJOFan
Sat May 02, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The GVRAT 1000K
Replies: 7
Views: 841

Re: The GVRAT 1000K

cozzagiorgi wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 5:14 am
I don't get it. You pay for running 1000km at home?
Not just that, you get a t-shirt too...
by VJOFan
Sat May 02, 2020 4:32 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The GVRAT 1000K
Replies: 7
Views: 841

Re: The GVRAT 1000K

When you get to East TN, you can run the Barkley Marathon. That’s long way on a treadmill. Have fun. Fortunately, we’re in an area that isn’t in lock down, just “distanced”. My workplace is just shut down, so I don’t have to treadmill this out. As for The Barkley... that’s a special kind of crazy (...
by VJOFan
Fri May 01, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The GVRAT 1000K
Replies: 7
Views: 841

The GVRAT 1000K

Anyone else running 1000 K this summer? I’m one of those stuck at home so running a virtual race the length of Tennessee,for the next four months, seemed like a good idea. I started on logging the miles for this today. The race registration numbers really blew up on the last day (about 12000 and cou...
by VJOFan
Fri Apr 17, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: What to look for in a music school
Replies: 21
Views: 1049

Re: What to look for in a music school

University is very much about developing as a person, and of all degree programs I think music can help develop an individual the most: you will spend hours of individual time with someone who has had at least some level of success in your chosen field of study. With that filter in mind I offer thes...
by VJOFan
Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Book recommendation for Tenor and Bass Trombone
Replies: 5
Views: 545

Re: Book recommendation for Tenor and Bass Trombone

It would interesting if the publisher had some sample pages to view. The book sounds interesting but the description mostly talks a out the author’s career and doesn’t say much about the material. https://www.stretta-music.com/hainzl-every-breath-we-take-nr-675982.html Just a couple pages but it in...
by VJOFan
Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 258
Views: 22856

Re: Coronavirus

This thread is an amazing history of the slow awakening to how much of a threat this virus really is. It starts with asking if anyone is thinking about cancelling or postponing shows and ends (so far) with improvised PPE. On March 12 I played what turned out to be pretty much the last public perform...
by VJOFan
Mon Apr 06, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Need advice to help 8th grader open up sound
Replies: 6
Views: 491

Re: Need advice to help 8th grader open up sound

When I taught band sound development happened through modelling and over a period of time. I played, they played. Praise, correct, I played, they played. If someone repeatedly hears a good sound and repeatedly sees how that is produced (good breathing, posture, suspension, embouchure formation habit...
by VJOFan
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:13 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Do you exercise?
Replies: 21
Views: 851

Re: Do you exercise?

Basbasun wrote:
Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:40 am
Why do you ask?
Just interested if many connect physical fitness to trombone playing in some way.
by VJOFan
Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Do you exercise?
Replies: 21
Views: 851

Do you exercise?

Do you exercise?

Why?
by VJOFan
Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Fundamentals Youtube Playlist
Replies: 1
Views: 310

Re: Fundamentals Youtube Playlist

Wish there had been something like this for Remington studies when I was a lad. Thanks for posting!
by VJOFan
Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Improvisation Regimen
Replies: 27
Views: 3840

Re: Improvisation Regimen

Just "earing" one's way through improvization may not always be adequate. Certainly, by the Bebop era, most of the well known players were not intuitive musicians. They were very cerebral. I think it was Dizzy who advocated keyboard skills for every musician. I've read stories about how he would pla...
by VJOFan
Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: improve my speed in Reading
Replies: 13
Views: 1645

Re: improve my speed in Reading

I was rehearsing this week with a community college big band and the director implored everyone to practice sight reading on a daily basis (adding "it's not something you can cram for"). He said he believes most improvement comes from practicing "easier" rather than difficult music, i.e music that ...
by VJOFan
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Improvisation Regimen
Replies: 27
Views: 3840

Re: Improvisation Regimen

I did exactly what the OP is asking for about two and a half decades ago... Following the advice of one of the jazz professors from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, I developed a few chordal patterns based on voice leading. (Linear, scale based, patterns are great, but if you want to really fe...
by VJOFan
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: improve my speed in Reading
Replies: 13
Views: 1645

Re: improve my speed in Reading

"Fast passages" are the trouble? Part of being able to sight read is just being able to play. I can't sight read as difficult material as I used to because I am not practicing. The material you can sight read will be less difficult than the things you can do with practice. That seems self evident bu...
by VJOFan
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Always Know the Lyrics
Replies: 3
Views: 734

Re: Always Know the Lyrics

Gary wrote:
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:51 am
The Blue Christmas you did wasn't this one was it? >:-D

https://youtu.be/E3fHABn6SEE
Sadly, I wasn't able to be quite that hip for the crowd I was playing....

No, I did a "Charlie Brown adult" (ie. radical plunger) version of this Buble arrangement.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4STJsqbSoPY
by VJOFan
Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Always Know the Lyrics
Replies: 3
Views: 734

Always Know the Lyrics

Jazz players always say one should learn the lyrics to every tune. I’m glad I took that advice today. I usually do a pBone number at the school Christmas assembly-wearing a giant paper bag decorated like a Christmas present. Well this year, the combination of playing the whole song with plunger and ...
by VJOFan
Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Mouthpiece buzzing routines?
Replies: 42
Views: 3833

Re: Mouthpiece buzzing routines?

To directly reply the original post... do you have or what is your routine? Not, is buzzing valuable? When I am practicing (and when i did practice a lot) the buzzing was mainly a warm up involving glissing about a fifth, up and down three times then moving the starting note up a semi tone and repea...
by VJOFan
Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Mouthpiece buzzing routines?
Replies: 42
Views: 3833

Re: Mouthpiece buzzing routines?

You don't need to lift weights for the tiniest, weakest muscles in your body, like trying to strengthen the muscles that move your pinky toe with weights. It's a fine motor skill, not a power lifting event. Not weights but... poke https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2fXDnWIqQI Runners like strong feet.
by VJOFan
Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Recommendations for books to re-learn and practice
Replies: 16
Views: 1624

Re: Recommendations for books to re-learn and practice

The Andre Lafosse method book may be a good choice. It has from very basic, one position exercises to much more advanced material. You could progress from where you are at your own pace.
by VJOFan
Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Poll - Tenor Trombone: Where does your solid upper register end, and become precarious upper register?
Replies: 21
Views: 2277

Re: Poll - Tenor Trombone: Where does your solid upper register end, and become precarious upper register?

Until I read your post I was going to pick much lower than the C5 because I construed the poll to mean a can't miss note. However, if I am in a cycle of playing regularly, I will hit that C5 much more often than not and it sounds good. Higher notes are there for certain, well trained excerpts, but i...
by VJOFan
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Reinhart Pivot System Studies
Replies: 12
Views: 1452

Re: Reinhart Pivot System Studies

This thread reminds me that music pedagogy is a lot more oral history than peer reviewed studies of best practices. All teaching is very hard to "study" though. The variables caused by the human relationships involved and the strengths and weaknesses of all the individuals... background before an in...
by VJOFan
Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Dosage and Duration for muscle memory
Replies: 4
Views: 552

Re: Dosage and Duration for muscle memory

I don't have a good answer, except maybe this: Since you're fresh off of it this time, spend a few weeks NOW working on trumpet AND trombone, until you feel like you have a better understanding of what it takes. That will serve you well next year. Of course that make a lot of sense. I could probabl...
by VJOFan
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Dosage and Duration for muscle memory
Replies: 4
Views: 552

Dosage and Duration for muscle memory

I just finished my annual impersonation of a trumpet player doing Last Post and Rouse for my school's Remembrance Ceremony. Two of the :trebleclef: :space5: clammed up a bit (not a total splat; I just didn't get the "weight" all the way up so I ended up repeating the previous :trebleclef: :space4:) ...
by VJOFan
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Long Tones for more even practice?
Replies: 25
Views: 1720

Re: Long Tones for more even practice?

I grew up on the Remington studies with three of my first four teachers being Eastman grads (in British Columbia???). It wasn't until this past summer, in looking carefully at the more extensive collection of studies and discussion in the Hunsberger Edition of the Remington system, that I finally sa...
by VJOFan
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Upper range limit - how much patience do I need?
Replies: 23
Views: 2119

Re: Upper range limit - how much patience do I need?

Your situation is pretty much mine. When I am doing a practice block before an expected performance I usually only have about that 15 to 20 minutes a day you mention. The first couple days suck in terms of muscles but soon it is more a matter of trying to improve my technique and facility. FWIW here...
by VJOFan
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Guitar parts in concert band?
Replies: 5
Views: 623

Re: Guitar parts in concert band?

Individual band directors, who are creative, and have the skills, do their own arrangements. One “concert” band in my area regularly features up to 10 guitars and sometimes a vocalist or two in the teacher’s own charts of all sorts of classic and modern pop. A couple other schools just throw all the...
by VJOFan
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure angle finding method
Replies: 5
Views: 749

Re: Embouchure angle finding method

Is “comfort” or “natural” also out? One can get used to anything or not really know what comfortable feels like without comparison or experimentation. Is embouchure something that almost everyone gets wrong or do a large percentage of people stumble into a reasonable facsimile of their most efficien...
by VJOFan
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure angle finding method
Replies: 5
Views: 749

Embouchure angle finding method

https://youtu.be/QTjqabPbWoc In the linked video, trumpeter Charlie Porter goes through his approach to finding a natural playing angle. This is the sort of thing that I have wondered if any trombonists have done. I’ve been experimenting with some of the tips here about centring around a mid to high...
by VJOFan
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 76544

Re: What we're doing

The, for fun, trombone quartet I helped start this year will be modelling life long music making during the end of term concert of our local El Sistema group. It operates out of Aeolian Hall in London, Ontario. We settled on the warhorse repertoire of Achieved and Scarborough Fair . It will be good ...
by VJOFan
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Daily Sight Reading Material and Approach
Replies: 15
Views: 1923

Re: Daily Sight Reading Material and Approach

Also, on top of the material, how would you go about getting the most out of maybe 5 minutes of sight reading? How would you approach a sight-reading session? If I think about the most realistic situations where I actually sight read in "real" situations it is usually in rehearsals with groups I am...
by VJOFan
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Pedagogy on the Net
Replies: 4
Views: 829

Re: Pedagogy on the Net

There are some nice lectures on trombone technique by various people on the Web. But to get the best value from them you need some kind of feedback to show you understood what they said. I know what your saying- having the giver advice right there and having a back and forth is a special kind of le...
by VJOFan
Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Pedagogy on the Net
Replies: 4
Views: 829

Re: Pedagogy on the Net

So no one has a favourite channel or video, instagram, blog site...?

As I’m “pre-connected+world-old” I guess I’m over awed by how easy it is to learn ANYTHING with an iPad.

No one else has seen anything worth sharing?
by VJOFan
Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Problem with initial attack
Replies: 24
Views: 2400

Re: Problem with initial attack

You may want to check this https://www.trombone.org/articles/view.php?id=154 out. It is about coordinating your bodily movements. I can have a sticky first attack too, so I often do the “six notes” with articulations reverse of how it is described in the article. (Breath, soft, firm as opposed to fi...
by VJOFan
Fri May 31, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: NYC Jazz Trombone
Replies: 2
Views: 1001

Re: NYC Jazz Trombone

Monday night at the Village Vanguard.

The Jazz Orchestra still puts out a great set.
by VJOFan
Wed May 29, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Pedagogy on the Net
Replies: 4
Views: 829

Pedagogy on the Net

I recently bumped into Charlie Porter's videos on You Tube. I have (re)-learned a few helpful things from his careful, thorough and well reasoned explanations and demos. What discoveries have you all made in terms of finding a good tutor online? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBZ6aK5KsHn4locwqAPq2sg
by VJOFan
Fri May 24, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: You might not miss it until you move away...
Replies: 17
Views: 2147

Re: You might not miss it until you move away...

On a certain level Chinese cooking is a collection of techniques and has an ethos of making the best of what is at hand. It seems to be adapted everywhere to local tastes. When my wife and I were living in Korea we regularly ordered in (Pay-dal-hae-yo chuseyo!) from the local "Chinese" restaurant. N...
by VJOFan
Fri May 24, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Wonderful, unique trombone sound of this young woman from Spain
Replies: 22
Views: 3928

Re: Wonderful, unique trombone sound of this young woman from Spain

I enjoyed the links and really applaud the nurturing. But I would like to know, what is so "unique" about her sound? Thanks. I mean every sound is unique but that isn't what strikes me about Rita and many of the others in the program. When I listen to her I really want to hear to the end of her sol...
by VJOFan
Fri May 24, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Bousfield Teaching Talk
Replies: 4
Views: 1243

Re: Bousfield Teaching Talk

I thought the funniest thing was his age range: 12 to 20. I know a lot of older players who could benefit from his messages, especially comeback players. I didn't notice the intended age range. I've been playing for 39 years and still was reminded of some important truths I sometimes slack on (his ...
by VJOFan
Mon May 20, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Telling a Story
Replies: 6
Views: 917

Re: Telling a Story

It comes down to intent. You have to want to make music. The methods are varied. There are people like my wife who study a four bar second oboe solo to death, listening to as many interpretations as possible, evaluating the pros and cons of each, analyzing the phrase herself for the natural climax p...
by VJOFan
Mon May 20, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Bousfield Teaching Talk
Replies: 4
Views: 1243

Bousfield Teaching Talk

https://youtu.be/CqDy8G1d80I I’m not sure where or why I first saw this but I think it just was a suggestion on my You Tube feed. Anyway, among the bits of advice he gives I found his bit on articulation (specifically at about 6:15 in) to be quite interesting. He uses a lot of the tongue to articula...
by VJOFan
Mon May 20, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Wonderful, unique trombone sound of this young woman from Spain
Replies: 22
Views: 3928

Re: Wonderful, unique trombone sound of this young woman from Spain

This young musician, who sounds so “natural”, is a product of music education at its finest. I have been doing a lot of listening the last couple days and exploring what was really going on. Ms. Payes is one of a bunch of incredible sounding young players and vocalists. This article gives a little i...
by VJOFan
Fri May 17, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Wonderful, unique trombone sound of this young woman from Spain
Replies: 22
Views: 3928

Re: Wonderful, unique trombone sound of this young woman from Spain

Thank you very much for the track in the OP. That was so worth a listen!
by VJOFan
Thu May 16, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Preparing for a symphony concert
Replies: 10
Views: 1016

Re: Preparing for a symphony concert

Not so much preparation as a mindset- The level of mental focus required in an orchestra, for me, has always been the highest level I need. Any other setting there is a rhythm section, I have much more active parts or I have more control over how the rehearsal or performance will go. Be prepared to ...
by VJOFan
Tue May 07, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Lip Swelling at High Volumes
Replies: 9
Views: 1269

Re: Lip Swelling at High Volumes

Basbasun wrote:
Sat May 04, 2019 4:17 am
Quite the band. Or suffer.
Quit or Quiet? :idk: Both would work... :lol:

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