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by LeTromboniste
Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Rochut #59 - Carl Fisher edition - errata?
Replies: 4
Views: 142

Re: Rochut #59 - Carl Fisher edition - errata?

It's just following an older, outdated notation convention (which wasn't older or outdated in Rochut's time) for tuplets in compound meters.
by LeTromboniste
Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Any Benge players out there?
Replies: 21
Views: 940

Re: Any Benge players out there?

If I ever go back to playing more modern trombone and I get myself a bass, I would almost certainly look for a Benge 290 (or maybe Yahama 613). My experience is they are easier to play than a lot of horns, and easy to color with different sounds. Also, I like to use two mouthpieces on bass and choos...
by LeTromboniste
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Loud metronomes?
Replies: 11
Views: 333

Re: Loud metronomes?

Placing your phone with the speaker against a sound-reflective surface (e.g. phone placed on a solid music stand, with the speaker facing into the stand rather than outwards) helps a lot. If that doesn't work, then a good analog metronome plugged into speakers won't have the same delay issues as a p...
by LeTromboniste
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Found on eBay - East German trombone
Replies: 7
Views: 331

Re: Found on eBay - East German trombone

Just look at the German eBay site and eBay-Kleinanzeigen (equivalent to Craigslist) and you'll find that instruments like that are not rare at all and sell for usually much cheaper than this (you will see some for sale at a similar price, but if you look regularly you'll find that they never still a...
by LeTromboniste
Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Cimbasso instead of bass trombone
Replies: 60
Views: 1491

Re: Cimbasso instead of bass trombone

Thank you Howard! It's a big pet peeve of mine that we use "cimbasso" to designate the wrong instrument I.e. valve contras and the confusion that ensues, seeing so many tubists switch to modern cimbasso/valve contra for parts originally written for bass horn or ophicleide, and thinking they are bein...
by LeTromboniste
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Cimbasso instead of bass trombone
Replies: 60
Views: 1491

Re: Cimbasso instead of bass trombone

The Cimbasso is a tuba double, and is not a substitute for a bass trombone. This is borne out by historical use of valved bass trombones and cimbassos in conjunction. I agree with you that a cimbasso is not really a suitable substitute for a bass trombone in most modern settings. But regarding the ...
by LeTromboniste
Fri Nov 01, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: 1958 Band Photo. No Triggers. ?
Replies: 16
Views: 601

Re: 1958 Band Photo. No Triggers. ?

Thanks. So, the trombone Sousa wrote for was likely a .500 bore (or less). Smaller even. Very popular horns at the time seem to have been the "small" and "medium" bore models that later became the 2H (Pryor played one of those) at .458" and the 4H at.485". Both were available with 6.5" or 7" bell.
by LeTromboniste
Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 275
Views: 36318

Re: What we're doing

This weekend is Mozart Vesperae de Confessore at a=430, beautiful cast of soloists, okay choir, and quite good pick-up period instruments orchestra. Tonight is in a really cool late 20's Art Deco church with just the rug amount of kitsch! I keep forgetting and then being surprised everytime I play o...
by LeTromboniste
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: alto that plays like a tenor
Replies: 27
Views: 1087

Re: alto that plays like a tenor

I agree with Harrison here. Even the most tenor-y alto will stick out of the blend and texture in a way that doesn't work in a band setting, and you won't be gaining much in terms of ergonomics. Quite frankly, you'd stick out less with a pBone than with an alto
by LeTromboniste
Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: half-rant half-cry-for-help ("Cold" (warmup lost) after long rests)
Replies: 16
Views: 536

Re: half-rant half-cry-for-help ("Cold" (warmup lost) after long rests)

A few things spring to mind. 1. You have to practice doing this sort of thing cold. A former teacher of mine used to leave a trombone on a stand in the middle of his house, and he'd play Bolero every time he walked past it. Sometimes, it would be 3 times in a minute. Other times, it would be hours ...
by LeTromboniste
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why not a Carbon Fiber Contra?
Replies: 40
Views: 1418

Re: Why not a Carbon Fiber Contra?

timothy42b wrote:
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:05 am
It's new technology. Give it a few years, it will come down to the price of high end brass.
You mean the instruments or the materials?
by LeTromboniste
Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Brams #2 Counting rests
Replies: 13
Views: 527

Re: Brams #2 Counting rests

Study the score in addition to your own part and/or follow along with a score during rehearsals. Knowing the piece itself and not just your notes doesn't just negate the need to count rests, it also gives you so much more understanding of how the piece as a whole is built and how your part functions...
by LeTromboniste
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: August Bruhns
Replies: 2
Views: 529

Re: August Bruhns

Try searching with alternative spellings. I.e. Bruns. He was trombonist of the Kapelle of Dresden from 1861 to 1892. One of his sons became principal trombone there in 1901, and stayed until WW2. He did apparently play the David at the Gewandhaus in 1873 (the year of David's death), but I don't find...
by LeTromboniste
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Doubling on Tuba: Instrument Choice
Replies: 26
Views: 847

Re: Doubling on Tuba: Instrument Choice

I will have to disagree here. A large BBb tuba all the way! That is the sound you want! Immediate ease of playing is not the criterion to use, IMO. That is very subjective. From a listener and trombonist's point of view (I double on quite a few instruments but not tuba) I personally much prefer the...
by LeTromboniste
Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Question about value of Alexander Mainz
Replies: 6
Views: 517

Re: Question about value of Alexander Mainz

Yeah, Alexander always specialized in conical valved instruments. Their venture into trombone making was not very successful and I think their trombones never got close to being as good as those of the best German makers. They're well built but they sound and play...not very good. Basically traditio...
by LeTromboniste
Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: "trombonechat-dot-com" Facebook group
Replies: 7
Views: 751

Re: "trombonechat-dot-com" Facebook group

I think it would be helpful for you to have more admins than just yourself, and I'm sure some members would be glad to help out with that. One suggestion I had would be to have a set of community rules / guidelines. Generally the tone of discussion is very good but occasionally I see agressive and u...
by LeTromboniste
Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Early Music Sources
Replies: 5
Views: 273

Re: Early Music Sources

Yes! I wholeheartedly support this shout out. Elam is a brilliant person with very deep knowledge, and his videos are so good at vulgarizing complex issues while remaining extremely well researched and documented. You say that almost like you've met the guy. :cool: What is his English accent? His b...
by LeTromboniste
Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Early Music Sources
Replies: 5
Views: 273

Re: Early Music Sources

Yes! I wholeheartedly support this shout out. Elam is a brilliant person with very deep knowledge, and his videos are so good at vulgarizing complex issues while remaining extremely well researched and documented. The videos are also a great example of how the early music movement approaches (or sho...
by LeTromboniste
Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Alto trombone in the 18th century
Replies: 38
Views: 1527

Re: Alto trombone in the 18th century

... No, the clef is not convincing at all to me either. Especially since there are clef changes in some of those pieces (the Wagenseil, for instance, has bits in tenor clef), and since there is plenty of music (both earlier and later) that is also entirely in alto clef yet cannot possibly be meant ...
by LeTromboniste
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Alto trombone in the 18th century
Replies: 38
Views: 1527

Re: Alto trombone in the 18th century

I think the usual way to handle 415 on a sackbut reproduction is to use tuning bits or a 415 tuning slide. Is it that you can't recall if the orchestra was tuned a semitone lower? You said it was an early trombone competition. Were the contestants playing modern trombones or were they playing sackb...
by LeTromboniste
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bruckner - Sergiu Celibidache, Münchner Philharmoniker
Replies: 24
Views: 737

Re: Bruckner - Sergiu Celibidache, Münchner Philharmoniker

So we only listen to Celibidache pre the Conant spat ? How about Fritz Reiner and Chicago.... he was a nasty man.... we had better dump Wagner totally... he was dreadful.... there have been a lot of deeply unpleasant people in the performing arts... how on earth do we know where to draw the line ? ...
by LeTromboniste
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Alto trombone in the 18th century
Replies: 38
Views: 1527

Re: Alto trombone in the 18th century

Brad, you're right. The lowest trills in the Wagenseil are indeed c1-d1. The reason that the fellow at the competiton had so much trouble with them was most likely due to the tuning pitch: if the orchestra was tuned a semitone lower to the today frequently employed baroque pitch at a=415, which I'm...
by LeTromboniste
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bruckner - Sergiu Celibidache, Münchner Philharmoniker
Replies: 24
Views: 737

Re: Bruckner - Sergiu Celibidache, Münchner Philharmoniker

Bach5G wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:51 am
“We can also say he was an egomaniacal and tyrannical leader, and one with a particular history of despicable sexism.”

He speaks highly of you.
How edifying...
by LeTromboniste
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Alto trombone in the 18th century
Replies: 38
Views: 1527

Re: Alto trombone in the 18th century

And it seems to me that the relevancy of that in determining what instrument was intended or used is quite limited. Then what's the point of performing on historical instruments? Especially if you don't have the curiosity to ask obvious questions about the instrument or the demands of the music? I'...
by LeTromboniste
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bruckner - Sergiu Celibidache, Münchner Philharmoniker
Replies: 24
Views: 737

Re: Bruckner - Sergiu Celibidache, Münchner Philharmoniker

One's artistry and one's personality don't necessarily affect one another. Some of the greatest artists were jerks and egotists. Some of the nicest people couldn't draw a straight line using a ruler. If you like the sound he gets, enjoy that. Be thankful you don't have to play for him. This is an e...
by LeTromboniste
Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bruckner - Sergiu Celibidache, Münchner Philharmoniker
Replies: 24
Views: 737

Re: Bruckner - Sergiu Celibidache, Münchner Philharmoniker

I'm sure lots of nice things can be said about his musical ideas and interpretations. We can also say he was an egomaniacal and tyrannical leader, and one with a particular history of despicable sexism. He's the one who, when Abbie Conant won the principal trombone job, insisted that a woman could n...
by LeTromboniste
Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Strangest gigs
Replies: 48
Views: 2424

Re: Strangest gigs

And a different kind of strange : A concert band I used to play in got a summer gig in a small town festival. It was raining and storming like crazy but luckily the gig was in the church, so we stayed dry and all was fine. Except we got to the last piece, big heavy piece, we get out of the slow sect...
by LeTromboniste
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Alto trombone in the 18th century
Replies: 38
Views: 1527

Re: Alto trombone in the 18th century

That is a very big problem with the premise of this whole argument. You seem to advance that the only way to properly play trills is by moving the slide between the correct positions for both notes for the entire trill. I don't know a single person who does that; all the best at playing trills I kn...
by LeTromboniste
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Alto trombone in the 18th century
Replies: 38
Views: 1527

Re: Alto trombone in the 18th century

Staying in the same position for a trill does not work unless you're much higher on the overtone series. I have often enough seen and heard people play the trill on c (supposedly to d) without moving the slide, and thus doing exactly what I criticize: starting on the main note and trilling a third....
by LeTromboniste
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Alto trombone in the 18th century
Replies: 38
Views: 1527

Re: Alto trombone in the 18th century

The thing is, most of those trills are not technically playable on tenor trombone either, by the standard that Howard is applying. One would still have to trill over 2 different positions for most if not all of those examples. For example, is C to D really an "unplayable" trill on alto, yet eminent...
by LeTromboniste
Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Strangest gigs
Replies: 48
Views: 2424

Re: Strangest gigs

My first paid gig (I think) was at the grand parade of Montreal's Just for Laughs international comedy festival- the parade that year was emulating the annual mid-night/early-morning parade of the Basel carnaval (nice coincidence since I now live there!), with different boroughs presenting different...
by LeTromboniste
Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Albums
Replies: 9
Views: 977

Re: Albums

Fede e Amor - Alex Potter (countertenor), Simen van Mechelen, Catherine Motuz (trombones), Carles Cristobal (bassoon) and Ensemble La Fontaine, Ramée 2013
by LeTromboniste
Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: going rate for custom arrangements
Replies: 3
Views: 638

Re: going rate for custom arrangements

Will vary quite widely between arrangers. Also depends if the arranger just ships you raw scores and parts or if they make (or hire someone to make) clean material edited to professional standards (which they really should, although many don't) - that adds a few hundred.
by LeTromboniste
Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Alto trombone in the 18th century
Replies: 38
Views: 1527

Re: Alto trombone in the 18th century

You can make a trill of a major third sound like a second by slotting the upper note off center, and that is especially true on historical equipment. Also the technique of hitting the upper note using the correct position, moving to the lower note and then continuing the trill with the "wrong" upper...
by LeTromboniste
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Sarabande from 5th suite J.S. Bach
Replies: 31
Views: 1341

Re: Sarabande from 5th suite J.S. Bach

There are only two alternatives with tempo. Either strict in tempo or rubato. Rubato will give more time to breath. Strict tempo less time to breath. Mmh, not sure I agree with this statement. You can go in and out of a rubato feel, for instance. Also rubato can happen within beats of groups of bea...
by LeTromboniste
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Sarabande from 5th suite J.S. Bach
Replies: 31
Views: 1341

Re: Sarabande from 5th suite J.S. Bach

Just a precision : I never said it's supposed to be fast. The French style sarabande of Bach's time is not a fast dance at all. It is most definitely slow (jumps exist in slow dances, but they stop being possible if it's *too* slow) - look and listen to Bach5G's link, that's really not something I'd...
by LeTromboniste
Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Terms: Bb3, C5, G4 ?
Replies: 11
Views: 636

Re: Terms: Bb3, C5, G4 ?

There are still some pianos that start with C0 in the bass: The Bösendorfer Model 290 Imperial is the largest model and flagship piano manufactured by Bösendorfer... It has an eight-octave range from C0 to C8. (from Wikipedia) I wouldn't say "still" as that model is one of the only ones that ever h...
by LeTromboniste
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Sarabande from 5th suite J.S. Bach
Replies: 31
Views: 1341

Re: Sarabande from 5th suite J.S. Bach

Re : tempo and phrasing It's a Sarabande, which is a dance. The music of a sarabande is always melancholic but the dance is not static and involves quite a lot of motion and advanced dancers will include jumps, which are impossible at the glacially slow tempo we tend to associate with this particula...
by LeTromboniste
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Reading bass clef parts in alto
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: Reading bass clef parts in alto

You're transposing up a minor 7th which in terms of keys is the same as down a major second plus up one octave, so it's 2 flats added. To figure out the change in key signature needed for a transposition, draw a circle of perfect fifths, and find how many fifths you need to go around the circle betw...
by LeTromboniste
Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Terms: Bb3, C5, G4 ?
Replies: 11
Views: 636

Re: Terms: Bb3, C5, G4 ?

Yes and no. The piano keyboard doesn't start on C, but rather on A, so the piano keyboard goes a third below C1 (A0). C0 is not on a usual piano keyboard, and is the lowest C (and arguably lowest note) that is in the range of frequencies audible to human ears (around 16 Hz). That doesn't explain wh...
by LeTromboniste
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Gabrieli for double quintet or brass choir
Replies: 9
Views: 418

Re: Gabrieli for double quintet or brass choir

I'd use imslp to look for instrumental pieces, the size of the ensemble is labeled in the titles there in the case of Gabrieli - there are a few a10 and maybe two or three a12. The vocal pieces are not as nicely labeled on IMSLP but they are here : http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Giovanni_Gabrie...
by LeTromboniste
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Gabrieli for double quintet or brass choir
Replies: 9
Views: 418

Re: Gabrieli for double quintet or brass choir

You don't really need an arrangement, just pick pieces that fit the number of players. Lots of Gabrieli music on IMSLP and CPDL. Trumpet and horn players can usually sight read parts that are in concert pitch, otherwise you can always make transposed parts for them. I would recommend picking at leas...
by LeTromboniste
Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Terms: Bb3, C5, G4 ?
Replies: 11
Views: 636

Re: Terms: Bb3, C5, G4 ?

So, the nomenclature is based on the piano keyboard. (piano lessons would have been very useful) Yes and no. The piano keyboard doesn't start on C, but rather on A, so the piano keyboard goes a third below C1 (A0). C0 is not on a usual piano keyboard, and is the lowest C (and arguably lowest note) ...
by LeTromboniste
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bach 22SC
Replies: 13
Views: 913

Re: Bach 22SC

Alto is a Latszch model Kuhn. Not sure on the specs, feels big. I may drop by the shop again this week- they have a Bach NY bass trumpet, might see how it plays on that. That's the more German-style model isn't it? You might want to try to get your hands on German mouthpieces made particularly for ...
by LeTromboniste
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Medieval military trombonist.
Replies: 24
Views: 1243

Re: Medieval military trombonist.

Lots and lots of old pictures of trumpets and trombones have flares that make them look 200 years later than they actually are. Artists exaggerated defining features of objects to make it obvious what they are picturing, so we always have to be careful about how we interpret bell flares in depiction...
by LeTromboniste
Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: The sound and play of slide width?
Replies: 9
Views: 614

Re: The sound and play of slide width?

I had a 10h and converted the slide to wide crook. The sound went from your average 10h/6h sound to something a bit fatter, broader. It was like bouncing the bore up a notch. Plus, it was just way more comfortable to play. I kept the crook material the same (nickel silver). The crook was designed f...
by LeTromboniste
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Idea for trigger trombone ergonomics improvement
Replies: 12
Views: 801

Re: Idea for trigger trombone ergonomics improvement

Yes the problem is when the bell brace is where it would be on a straight horn, the trigger has to be awkwardly far in order to still get enough leverage. I'm a big fan of the Greenhoe thumbrest combined with adjustable trigger. If you set it up right you get all the good ergonomics of having the ho...
by LeTromboniste
Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Right way to play Dvorak Symphony No.9
Replies: 4
Views: 430

Re: Right way to play Dvorak Symphony No.9

I'll play devil's advocate here. There is no such thing as "the right way" to play any music. Some ways maybe be more effective, convincing, expressive, aligned with an analysis of the piece, etc (or any combination of the above) but there is never one single valid answer.
by LeTromboniste
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: why I can't tongue - turns out it's not my fault <g>
Replies: 2
Views: 390

Re: why I can't tongue - turns out it's not my fault <g>

Not the same phenomenon but timpani should also be placed as far away as possible from bass instruments as their non-harmonic overtones can interfere with the resonance of those bass instruments and cause them to sound softer.
by LeTromboniste
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: New Blessing trombones
Replies: 10
Views: 748

Re: New Blessing trombones

The BTB 88 used to be based on the 88H and they describe it as their long-running model based on a classic American design....yet it looks nothing like the old ones, and it looks like a knock-off Yamaha. The whole line just screams generic stencil designs.

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