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by Jimprindle
Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Long Tones for more even practice?
Replies: 25
Views: 773

Re: Long Tones for more even practice?

The Remington long tones are excellent, but just a start. Back when I was doing 4-6 hours of practice a day (I call it my apprentice years), I was doing at least an hour of long tones, only about 8 minutes of them based on the Remington. In the mid 70's, Phil Teele and I would get together after a r...
by Jimprindle
Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Bass Trombone Sound?
Replies: 129
Views: 8101

Re: Bass Trombone Sound?

It really varies. For awhile, the bigger orchestras were competing over big equip, bigger mpcs, big loud bass trombone sounds. I think that changed in the late 1990's early 2000's. Now I think the examples being led by Boston, NYC (don't know about Chicago or others) is to use the instrument that fi...
by Jimprindle
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Double trigger C and b natural
Replies: 26
Views: 3905

Re: Double trigger C and b natural

Going with what Bruce said about having the slide in exactly the right position to get the overtone in tune. If you are using a tuner, do not find the position for those low notes (the 2nd partial) by tuning in that register, instead tune the note 1 octave higher (4th partial, and even the 8th parti...
by Jimprindle
Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: half-rant half-cry-for-help ("Cold" (warmup lost) after long rests)
Replies: 16
Views: 654

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

What works for me (advice from Jeff Reynolds) is to form an embouchure and (without buzzing) touch the mpc to your lips. I do it in increasing lengths -- 1 second, 2, 4, 8, 16. As the entrance gets closer, do the same thing but blowing warm air into the instrument as Bruce suggested.
by Jimprindle
Sun Sep 29, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: George Roberts equipment
Replies: 66
Views: 2994

Re: George Roberts equipment

I had the privilege of hearing GR in concert in 1963 while a HS school student, then again in 1965, 1966, and 1968. I did not exactly have a lesson, but in those last few years I sat with him in receptions (drinking a lot of scotch with him) pulling out my Bach 1.5 G and having him tell me how great...
by Jimprindle
Sun Sep 29, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Doubling on Tuba: Instrument Choice
Replies: 30
Views: 1171

Re: Doubling on Tuba: Instrument Choice

One of the best tuba players in town uses an oversize Eb with valves that throw it into BBb and who knows where else. All Ebs are not the same. I use a 3/4 size Weril BBb most of the time I am called for tuba, very similar to the same size Yamaha, plays about the same as the Yamaha and is a lot chea...
by Jimprindle
Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: ITA Newsletter and Journals
Replies: 1
Views: 222

Re: ITA Newsletter and Journals

The ITA Journals have found a new home
by Jimprindle
Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: ITA Newsletter and Journals
Replies: 1
Views: 222

ITA Newsletter and Journals

I am downsizing and have decided to get rid of my ITA Newsletters and Journals. I have been a member since the beginning and have Volume 1, No. 1 (1973) to Volume 46, No. 4 (2018). Probably a 100 or more publications. Only missing Volume 27, No. 2 (1999) and Volume 46, No 3 (2018). They are free to ...
by Jimprindle
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Who IN THEIR RIGHT MIND plays a 1.5 sized Bass mouthpiece? (August 2019)
Replies: 97
Views: 5528

Re: Who IN THEIR RIGHT MIND plays a 1.5 sized Bass mouthpiece? (August 2019)

Was the LS mayde for Jeff? There's also the Ferguson Jeff Reynolds which Minick Made for Jeff. Little bigger on the Rim than the L but with a smaller Backbore. I think Ferguson posted on the old trombone bulletin board that the LS was made for Jeff. It wouldn't surprise me that Jeff worked with Lar...
by Jimprindle
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Who IN THEIR RIGHT MIND plays a 1.5 sized Bass mouthpiece? (August 2019)
Replies: 97
Views: 5528

Re: Who IN THEIR RIGHT MIND plays a 1.5 sized Bass mouthpiece? (August 2019)

I find I get a better overall result on a 1 1/4G. If I'm playing low on a large tenor or want my bass to sound like a large tenor, I use a Ferguson V, which is close to a 1 1/2G, I think on the slightly smaller side.... The Ferguson V is a copy that Kanstul made of the Minick V. I got one of the fi...
by Jimprindle
Sun Aug 04, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Famous bass trombonists with 1 valve
Replies: 64
Views: 4568

Re: Famous bass trombonists with 1 valve

I just listened to Nelson Riddles "The Joy Of Living" album in it's entirety on YouTube. Wow! What a tour-de-force for GR. Definitely a sound to emulate! How much "sweetening" was done in the recording studios in that period (late 50's-early 60's)? For those of you that played with or heard George ...
by Jimprindle
Sun Aug 04, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Medieval military trombonist.
Replies: 24
Views: 1360

Re: Medieval military trombonist.

He's also wearing a sword of some kind, which seems unlikely. They're pretty expensive, and musicians have rarely made enough money for luxuries like that. Musicians as late as the Civil War were issued swords. It was not unusual for a field musician to be armed.. When I was in an Army band during ...
by Jimprindle
Sun Aug 04, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Increasing lung capacity
Replies: 19
Views: 1114

Re: Increasing lung capacity

Your lungs will not change size, but how you do breathing exercises will help. David Vining has a great book about that http://www.mountainpeakmusic.com/breathing-book-for-tenor-trombone/ You Tube stuff as well. Over my 50 years of pro playing I have borrowed and created lots of exercises. You can p...
by Jimprindle
Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Berpbiolube
Replies: 10
Views: 1058

Re: Berpbiolube

I know nothing about this stuff, but I immensely enjoyed seeing my old friend, mentor, and trombone idol Miles Anderson endorsing this product. If Miles likes it you know it is good, if he didn't like it those who know (the very eloquent Miles) know he would use the most profane words in the America...
by Jimprindle
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Dick Nash Videos
Replies: 11
Views: 1143

Re: Dick Nash Videos

One of my favorite Dick Nash ad lib solos is Mr. Lucky on Tuttis Trombones.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wPyvjbedo8&list=PLTwSK3gTU8estI0rMg2xtYcXgFKJ7Y964&index=28&t=0s. So well constructed, virtuostic, musical, true to the harmonies. The cup mute solo by Rosolino that follows is pretty good too...
by Jimprindle
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Playing an Orchestra Concert when the power goes out
Replies: 9
Views: 787

Re: Playing an Orchestra Concert when the power goes out

One of my first gigs moving to San Diego was playing with the SD Sym... Janocek Sinfonietta. I was playing 4th I think, and the regular bass trombonist in the last year of 30 was playing 3rd. At that time we were on the old plywood risers (the orch has upgraded to permanent risers, more substantial....
by Jimprindle
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Plunger with a Bass Trombone
Replies: 10
Views: 655

Re: Plunger with a Bass Trombone

1st laugh out loud with your section players that some idiot arranger doesn't get it

2nd I just do it with dynamics, super soft for the closed notes, louder for the open. Like the doo-wah singers of the 1950's
by Jimprindle
Wed May 29, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Who is Sousa?
Replies: 31
Views: 2167

Re: Who is Sousa?

Just tell the uninformed that he is "The March King". Then try to explain what march music is. That should take up your waiting time at the Blood Bank.
by Jimprindle
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Current manufacture single valve bass bones
Replies: 29
Views: 1799

Re: Current manufacture single valve bass bones

At a rehearsal tonight I asked the Bari player if he has seen a bari sax for sale without the Low A Key.

"Hell no," he said. "That is like seeing a bass trombone without 2 valves"

Showing my age, as a kid, both of those were very expensive options. Now normal.
by Jimprindle
Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: High Ab unstable
Replies: 69
Views: 4007

Re: High Ab unstable

50 years ago in college I had trouble with that note and the Gb below it (on bass trombone). For the past 45 years no problem at all on Bach, Conn, King, and Shires. Why is it fixed? I needed to fix me (now, the uproarious comments about being "fixed"). It is called "practice" and "ear-training". Th...
by Jimprindle
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: New Forum!
Replies: 6
Views: 826

Re: New Forum!

:biggrin:
HAHA brilliant. I think I watched every episode of The Flintstones at about the same time I started playing trombone, I do not remember seeing that before.
by Jimprindle
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Do/did you have a day job outside of music?
Replies: 32
Views: 4317

Re: Do/did you have a day job outside of music?

After more than 50 years as pro musician/teacher I feel lucky to say I never had any other work. Retired now, lucky to have both an AFM pension and Soc Sec from my many years. I am not sure that is the future for younger pros than me, but I hope for that. The only "day job" I ever had was slinging h...
by Jimprindle
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: That George Roberts / Carl Fontana sound
Replies: 15
Views: 1792

Re: That George Roberts / Carl Fontana sound

After seeing and hearing George Roberts live in the late 60's and talking with him I was amazed how his soft sound could project (without mic) to the last seat in an auditorium. He said it was all about the song and singing it clearly. My humble attempts using his solos in various venues, I put his ...
by Jimprindle
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Bifocals and Note Reading
Replies: 20
Views: 2024

Re: Bifocals and Note Reading

I got music glasses about 20 years ago. I took a music stand and music to my optometrists office and he had great fun using the old click and fit lenses (rather than the computerized stuff). It worked great for all my pro work, but now that I am retired I prefer putting my bifocals in my pocket, bri...
by Jimprindle
Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Db bass trombone!
Replies: 243
Views: 30386

Re: Db bass trombone!

Can't say I am 100% with the concept, have to hear it, play it, etc. But I am 100% behind your ambition to experiment and try something new. All the pictures show you are an accomplished brass technician. I love watching the progress of your endeavor and I wish you success.
by Jimprindle
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: What’s your favorite trombone case?
Replies: 48
Views: 10964

Re: What’s your favorite trombone case?

For my bass trombone, Bonna for over 10 years now. I have had several RU bags and BAM. Bonna fits in the overhead of most planes, great protection, light, easy to carry.

For my King Silversonic 3B, I love the classic coffin alligator style case. Inefficient, I know. Retrograde rocks.
by Jimprindle
Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Miles Anderson
Replies: 7
Views: 2967

Re: Miles Anderson

I talked to Miles on the phone a couple of years ago. He moved from Encinitas (San Diego area) to San Francisco. His wife has Parkinson's and as it progressed they moved to be nearer a therapist who specializes in treatment. Most of his time then was as a caregiver. When he moved he sent me a box of...
by Jimprindle
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: Anonymity
Replies: 20
Views: 4724

Re: Anonymity

A few years ago, as an observer, I noticed that even on a trombone site there were people attacking other people's posts, vicious personal attacks even by (allegedly) "pro" musicians, trolls, etc. So when I enrolled I wanted to protect myself and my family from these horrible posts so I just used my...
by Jimprindle
Wed May 23, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats
Replies: 42
Views: 7228

Re: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats

One time I was subbing in a major orchestra and during rehearsal the guest conductor stopped and addressed the trombones, "Please, play as if this is the morning sunrise, the sun glistening on the dewy leaves!" We played a little bit more, "Trombones, as if the love of your life gazed into your eyes...
by Jimprindle
Thu May 17, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats
Replies: 42
Views: 7228

Re: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats

...There was also one comment that went something like "Oh! Nice contrast between the Bass Trombone and the rest of the Band!! Well Done!!!"... Reminds me of a story a friend of mine told me, don't know if it was true. He was listening to a live radio broadcast of the CSO, the bass trombone was obv...
by Jimprindle
Tue May 15, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats
Replies: 42
Views: 7228

Re: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats

2 stories: 1. Played the Requiem many times (on bass), one time we were called to play and a free-lance friend of mine, new in town, was excited to play alto on his newly acquired Minick alto. At the rehearsal the conductor (who we long time locals knew was a musical fool, even though he had the loc...
by Jimprindle
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: How Do You Charge for Lessons?
Replies: 19
Views: 6711

Re: How Do You Charge for Lessons?

Generally I charge per lesson, but I have had many students take advantage of what I call "Tuition". They pay for 10 lessons in advance, but are charged for 9. IOW buy 9, 10th is free. 2 advantages: 1. Parents prefer this because it keeps them from writing checks over and over for basically a semest...

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