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by Jimprindle
Sun Jul 11, 2021 6:18 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Lew Gillis
Replies: 4
Views: 526

Lew Gillis

Rummaging around my books and etudes that I have used for the 50+ years of my playing, I pulled out the Lew Gillis 20 etudes for advanced bass trombone.(1965, Southern Music, I bought it for $1.75). I have used that book and the 70 Progressive Studies with my students in the past and I’ve always lik...
by Jimprindle
Sun Jul 11, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Wet lips?
Replies: 7
Views: 405

Re: Wet lips?

I never thought of it very much. I just pick up the horn and play. But when I was studying with Jeff Reynolds, in the mid-70s, he advocated running your tongue over the mouthpiece rim several times before playing. I think it just made him more comfortable and more relaxed when he was about to play. ...
by Jimprindle
Sat Jul 03, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Toby oft note endings
Replies: 46
Views: 2403

Re: Toby oft note endings

Back to the original post. I don’t know what the heck you’re talking about, all those releases sound fantastic. Having worked with and played with Toby while he was here in San Diego, I can say definitely he does not stop notes with his tongue nor do I think a glottal stop. He just stops blowing lik...
by Jimprindle
Sun Jun 06, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Burtis book: Time, Balance and Connections
Replies: 66
Views: 2776

Re: Burtis book: Time, Balance and Connections

I always respected his advice on the trombone bulletin board and the old Trombone Forum. What I did not respect was his vicious attacks on anybody who did not totally agree with him, including myself. I laughed at his comment that his foot tapping was his conductor. Just joking, he could not take th...
by Jimprindle
Thu Jun 03, 2021 8:46 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: 10 trombones like 2 pianos
Replies: 11
Views: 2710

Re: 10 trombones like 2 pianos

I believe the original record album was to promote stereo phonic sound. If you had a good stereo, the left and right speakers featured each half of the trombones. It was incredible
by Jimprindle
Tue Jun 01, 2021 6:26 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: 10 trombones like 2 pianos
Replies: 11
Views: 2710

10 trombones like 2 pianos

As a high school kid in the early 60s, this is my first exposure to what trombones could do. Especially bass trombones. I have heard, from anecdote, that this was one of Bill Reichenbach’s favorite albums to listen to You can find both sides on YouTube 60 years ago, but still some of the best trombo...
by Jimprindle
Tue May 25, 2021 8:30 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: good books for beginner or intermediate players
Replies: 12
Views: 645

Re: good books for beginner or intermediate players

Over 30+ years and about 600 students I had success moving students of all ages from beginning to advanced in 2-3 years with this combination: Breeze Easy volumes I and II Rubank Intermediate and Fink Studies in Legato Rubank Advanced I and parts of II Continuing at the college level (which some stu...
by Jimprindle
Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: POLL - Which Mouthpiece Brand do you primarily use?
Replies: 57
Views: 7549

Re: POLL - Which Mouthpiece Brand do you primarily use?

Bass trombone: Ferguson LS, Minick L. Tenor: Bach 4G with tenor shank.
by Jimprindle
Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Mark Nightingale - Porgy & Bess Tour de Force!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 711

Re: Mark Nightingale - Porgy & Bess Tour de Force!!!

Fantastic playing! That Barry Clements is every bit as worthy a player as Mark.
by Jimprindle
Mon Mar 15, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Are we getting Bach all wrong ?
Replies: 60
Views: 6590

Re: Are we getting Bach all wrong ?

When I got my Conn 72H in the mid-1960s, it came with a Remington mouthpiece. After a visit with George Roberts I got a Bach 1/2 G stuck it in there and it worked fine. Got me through many professional years as well as college and I couldn’t tell any difference at all. Except that the Bach 1/2 G mad...
by Jimprindle
Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:16 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Throat Sizing
Replies: 21
Views: 3106

Re: Throat Sizing

Doug Elliott wrote:
Tue Mar 02, 2021 8:15 am
Us mouthpiece makers need to keep selling mouthpieces to stay in business, so just keep destroying mouthpieces so we can keep replacing them.
Something similar to that Minick said to me in the 70s. Couple of other techs that I know said the same.
by Jimprindle
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Tower Records
Replies: 4
Views: 956

Tower Records

Today I was searching out an item that we need at our house, doesn’t matter what it is. But I realized that all the places I went to used to have a Tower Record store. I went to three or four places that used to have a Tower Records in my area. I can’t even imagine what that would be nationwide. Whe...
by Jimprindle
Sun Feb 21, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Throat Sizing
Replies: 21
Views: 3106

Re: Throat Sizing

Professional player I know, now retired for several years, who I will not name. He had a long time position with a symphony orchestra. He was very happy with his Minick L mouthpiece but in the mid 90s, hearing that bigger was better took a drill bit to the throat of his mouthpiece. “How did that go ...
by Jimprindle
Sat Feb 13, 2021 5:20 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: 3B
Replies: 32
Views: 3005

Re: 3B

You are probably playing the 3B like your bass. The 3B requires less air and more finesse. Switching in the middle of a concert (or even worse in the middle of one tune) can be VERY difficult to control. Can you find a way to play the solo on your bass? Maybe change the tessitura if the high D is t...
by Jimprindle
Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: How do I learn to improvise so I don't suck?
Replies: 112
Views: 10768

Re: How do I learn to improvise so I don't suck?

As a bass trombonist, I am not usually called upon to improvise. But have learned the situation to figure it out. More than 50 years ago, in college, I was the only trombone player in a group that was hired to play what we used to call “businessman‘s bounce.” Background music at hotel lunches. We so...
by Jimprindle
Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Whistling
Replies: 27
Views: 4769

Re: Whistling

Besides the obvious benefit of learning how to shape the oral cavity for different ranges—if you can whistle in tune it might help your pitch on the telescoping tube as well.
by Jimprindle
Mon Dec 21, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: What did minick do?
Replies: 50
Views: 14839

Re: What did minick do?

Getting back to the original topic, “What did Minick do”. He worked on my horns many times through the 1970s up to around 1980 I think. He originally made my Conn 72H a double trigger F/G/Eb open wrap instrument in 1971. Besides that, I went to him several times for various repairs—replacing the 72H...
by Jimprindle
Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Just getting back into playing.... keep my King 6b or?
Replies: 40
Views: 4354

Re: Just getting back into playing.... keep my King 6b or?

Well, I have never liked King basses (Conn, Bach or Shires for me in my 50 yr pro playing). But I love their tenor, I have a vintage 3B Silversonic which I enjoy playing. But I know others are enthusiastic about King basses. My advice is to just keep it as is and enjoy it as you like, and then buy a...
by Jimprindle
Sun Dec 06, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Mr Alessi playing bass!
Replies: 23
Views: 5425

Re: Mr Alessi playing bass!

In the early 1970s when I was studying with people who had played with the San Francisco Symphony in San Francisco, they kept talking about this young high school player named Joe Alessi. I guess he’s done good for himself since then. Not a bit surprised that he plays bass as well as Tenor.
by Jimprindle
Wed Nov 25, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bb/F/G/Eb bass trombones
Replies: 45
Views: 4324

Re: Bb/F/G/Eb bass trombones

Or, with Bb/F/G/Eb, you can play Bb major with the slide in 1st position 😂.....worked that out in 1974 Chris I figured that out as well, probably the same year on my Minickized Conn 72H B/F/G/Eb: you can do two octave Bb scales in 1st position with the valves. Showed that to a tuba player and he ju...
by Jimprindle
Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Practice while doubling
Replies: 15
Views: 3980

Re: Practice while doubling

I think you are overthinking. My doubling experience, learn each instrument. Trust your learning. When you pick up the tuba, the tenor trombone, the bass trombone, the clarinet, whatever, play that instrument not the one you "think" you are comfortable with.
by Jimprindle
Thu Nov 05, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Who IN THEIR RIGHT MIND plays a 5G?
Replies: 36
Views: 8617

Re: Who IN THEIR RIGHT MIND plays a 5G?

Silly question. Who in their RIGHT MIND drives Toyota Honda Ford etc. i’ve run across lots of people who like to play Holton Trombones, I never liked them. But they like them. Also people who swear by Wick mouthpieces. Not me. But they love them. People like all kinds of stuff. The important thing i...
by Jimprindle
Sat Oct 03, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Joannés Rochut, the Boston Symphony, and his trombone
Replies: 6
Views: 6712

Re: Joannés Rochut, the Boston Symphony, and his trombone

Next question, I had some wonderful experiences with Toby while he was in San Diego. I would be interested if he actually put those pieces together and played them and what he thought about them.
by Jimprindle
Sat Oct 03, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Joannés Rochut, the Boston Symphony, and his trombone
Replies: 6
Views: 6712

Re: Joannés Rochut, the Boston Symphony, and his trombone

Superb research as usual Mr (or should it be Dr) Yeo. We see these famous people in their accomplished positions, but know little of their background. Thank you for that.
by Jimprindle
Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Burned out
Replies: 20
Views: 7864

Re: Burned out

I stopped "practicing" decades ago. I perform for myself daily because I enjoy it and have no another musical outlet these past few months. True, my performance includes a lot of long tones, scale exercises, etudes, etc. but I am not playing those things to "get better" or to "maintain" but because ...
by Jimprindle
Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tommy Pederson
Replies: 16
Views: 3330

Re: Tommy Pederson

In the 70's I had the privilege of going to a few sessions at Hoyt's Garage. Earlier I had the gotten the first books Tommy had published (the Date publications, probably the best stuff of all Tommy's published music). Over coffee at a break I asked Tommy about his training and how he thought to wri...
by Jimprindle
Tue May 19, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Jokes and one liners from the back row
Replies: 81
Views: 31243

Re: Jokes and one liners from the back row

A trombone player and a tuba player passed by a bar....
Don't laugh! It could happen.
by Jimprindle
Wed May 13, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Quincy Jones "Big Band Bossa Nova"
Replies: 5
Views: 4973

Re: Quincy Jones "Big Band Bossa Nova"

According to Wikapedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Band_Bossa_Nova Alan Raph is listed as the only trombonist and Clark Terry as the only trumpet/flugelhorn
by Jimprindle
Mon Apr 13, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Recommendation for something like Rochuts
Replies: 13
Views: 9315

Re: Recommendation for something like Rochuts

Studies in Legato (etudes by Concone, Marchesi & Panofka) edited by Reginald Fink. A little simpler than the Bordogni/Rochut but nice melodies and fun to play. I also like the etudes in the Blazevich Clef Studies. If you don't want to deal with alto and tenor clefs see if you can find Blazhevich Ad...
by Jimprindle
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: improve my speed in Reading
Replies: 13
Views: 2959

Re: improve my speed in Reading

Read a bar or two ahead and once this becomes a habit it'll really help your reading. Bruce also mentioned this. Playing Broadway shows on the road where you have usually 1 rehearsal,then perform 8 shows a week and sometimes hundreds of pages, the only way I could handle reading "surprises" was not...
by Jimprindle
Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Compositions by David Uber
Replies: 9
Views: 7319

Re: Compositions by David Uber

"Manhattan Vignettes" for trombone trio is awesome.
by Jimprindle
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: ARGHH! Tenor Clef!
Replies: 40
Views: 6665

Re: ARGHH! Tenor Clef!

My private teacher had me learn alto clef first, after that tenor clef was easy. I taught it to students by having them learn all the first position notes first, then the other notes are relative to them. The R. Fink book is very good.
by Jimprindle
Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Long Tones for more even practice?
Replies: 25
Views: 3744

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: 156
Views: 31869

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: 7158

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: 3265

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: 9163

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: 36
Views: 6304

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: 713

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: 713

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: 14707

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: 14707

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: 12209

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: 14155

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: 45
Views: 5832

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: 14
Views: 8254

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: 3308

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: 2180

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: 1995

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

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