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by brtnats
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Mouthpiece buzzing
Replies: 24
Views: 1148

Re: Mouthpiece buzzing

I’ve recently added buzzing to the daily maintenance repertoire. I’m having some focus issues on bass, and buzzing an exercise, playing, and repeating a few times really helps me focus my attention on the aperture and corners of my face.

Matt
by brtnats
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Jazz trombone advice?
Replies: 18
Views: 1207

Re: Jazz trombone advice?

Ha! We need to be asking him how much $$$ he wants to spend. That's what's going to narrow down the search.

Matt
by brtnats
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: How do I love thee. Let me count the ways.
Replies: 7
Views: 681

Re: How do I love thee. Let me count the ways.

I love my 891Z. I'd play it all day, every day, if I had half the chance. It's big, it's small, it's bright, it's dark and smoky. I've never played a better small horn, and it makes me want to practice. Ditto everything with my 822G bass. It plays so well for a dependent horn that I'm (almost) not t...
by brtnats
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: ITF/Paul the Trombonist
Replies: 9
Views: 901

Re: ITF/Paul the Trombonist

I will say that his interviews with famous players have been an enormous resource, and that anybody that does that much work still needs to eat and pay rent.
by brtnats
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Yamaha trombones - 8xx and 4xx
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Re: Yamaha trombones - 8xx and 4xx

Are you sure it’s a 456G? That horn has a small shank, dual bore at .500/.525, F attachment, and an 8” bell. It’s marketed as an intermediate, but it’s a really nice trombone. The 8820 is a large-bore tenor with an F attachment and an 8.66” bell. Xeno is one of their pro lines (Custom Z is the other...
by brtnats
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Yamaha 3530 R 500/525 bore
Replies: 5
Views: 364

Re: Yamaha 3530 R 500/525 bore

imsevimse wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:27 pm
brtnats wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:05 am
I haven't tried the 3530R, but I did play a 356R for a few months last summer, which is the same horn without an F attachment.
My Yamaha 356R has a valve.

/Tom
You’re absolutely correct; that was supposed to read “same horn with an F attachment.” iPad apparently autocorrected.
by brtnats
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: MEK
Replies: 5
Views: 372

Re: MEK

Bruce, I totally agree, but I'm also wondering if market saturation hasn't changed the dynamic a bit. Just looking through the classifieds here, there are dozens of mouthpieces for sale with no real value beyond about $15. I know I've got several of those myself. I'm wondering if a MEK mark II could...
by brtnats
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: MEK
Replies: 5
Views: 372

MEK

Anybody here remember the MEK (Mouthpiece Experimentation Kit)? I see classified ads all the time selling mouthpieces for pennies on the dollar, and I always think about the MEK. Does anybody out there have some spares they'd be willing to donate to start a new MEK? I've got a few I'd contribute. Or...
by brtnats
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:24 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?
Replies: 29
Views: 2110

Re: Your favorite/best improv trombone jazz musicians?

For newly approaching the craft? Andy Martin. It's easy to listen to, easily approachable, and you can watch videos of him playing to help with the transcriptions.
by brtnats
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Solo Tenor-Trombone Pieces for Conservatory Auditions
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Re: Solo Tenor-Trombone Pieces for Conservatory Auditions

You're totally overthinking it. Play something that shows you have good time, good intonation, good precision, and good legato. You're better off 100% of the time by playing something easier that highlights your strengths instead of something harder that underscores your deficiencies. That's a lesso...
by brtnats
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Yamaha 3530 R 500/525 bore
Replies: 5
Views: 364

Re: Yamaha 3530 R 500/525 bore

I haven't tried the 3530R, but I did play a 356R for a few months last summer, which is the same horn without an F attachment. There are some differences between the 356R and 356G (really that whole series) that I think ended up making the 356G heavier and a little more dull. I really liked the 356R...
by brtnats
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 155
Views: 7294

Re: What we're doing

I play bass trombone in a 70+ year old community band that visits assisted living facilities each week. We learn 2 concerts per year (Christmas and spring) and then tour it around the area to folks who don’t get out often. Often I’m reinforcing either the tuba book or the euphonium book as well as h...
by brtnats
Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: YSL-897Z
Replies: 6
Views: 559

Re: YSL-897Z

I haven’t played the 897Z, but I really would like to. I’ve got an 891Z (the bigger .508/8 inch bell), and it’s more than I ever could have guessed in a small bore horn. The only time I fish out the large bore tenor now is when I’ve got a part that goes into the stratosphere and the basement. Otherw...
by brtnats
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: FS: Greg Black 1 3/8 G Medium
Replies: 2
Views: 297

Re: FS: Greg Black 1 3/8 G Medium

.302 bore?
by brtnats
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Yamaha 60B
Replies: 1
Views: 270

Yamaha 60B

Anybody out there ever heard of this? Sounds like an interesting piece, but I can’t seem to find much about it. Yamaha’s line goes from the 59 (1.5G) to the 60 (1G+) to the Yeo (Schilke 60 sized), and this seems to be some kind of modified 1.25G, but there isn’t much info.

Matt
by brtnats
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Db bass trombone!
Replies: 187
Views: 7225

Re: Db bass trombone!

No, it's not. Many of us cannot comfortably reach 7th, some cannot reach it at all. And my Db horn plays ever so slightly more in tune that Bb, with 17.5 inches less tubing. There's also technical benefit to having the positions closer together. And therein lies the challenge. I'm curious: Do you p...
by brtnats
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Db bass trombone!
Replies: 187
Views: 7225

Re: Db bass trombone!

Why is a trombone always in Bb? Because most brass instruments are in Bb. I will say that having an Ab instrument makes the "tune up" in Bb most concert bands do rather approximate. Much like the tuning to A in orchestra. I’ve put a lot of thought into this through the years, and I think the opposi...
by brtnats
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:17 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Db bass trombone!
Replies: 187
Views: 7225

Re: Db bass trombone!

I’ve followed this without commenting on FB, and I do have a genuine question: Why are you looking for criticism and feedback and then immediately disagreeing with it when it doens’t line up with what you’re looking for? I’ve played a lot of actual F bass in an early music group I directed, so I’ve ...
by brtnats
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Hissing behind soft palate
Replies: 10
Views: 636

Re: Hissing behind soft palate

When you go swimming, if you put your face in the water, can you feel water filling your nose and dripping into your throat? I ask because that's what happens to be, and it has since I was about 5 years old. My trombone teacher in college noticed it, and it's some kind of defective seal of the soft ...
by brtnats
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Listening and learning by ear, alto
Replies: 6
Views: 630

Re: Listening and learning by ear, alto

I encountered this question a lot when I was teaching early music in graduate school. I noticed that both me and my students who learned their secondary instruments by ear were much more facile on those instruments when they improvised. It’s not unlike the prevailing advice I got when I wanted to le...
by brtnats
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bollinger Tuning
Replies: 6
Views: 1040

Re: Bollinger Tuning

There was a Bollinger video on this back in the mid-2000s when I was a trombone student, so this is paraphrased from that. He basically believes that since Western music is structured on chords, the instrument should be set up and optimized for chords. I believe Bollinger’s setup goes like this: In ...
by brtnats
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: I have found a mouthpiece for my Soprano-trombone
Replies: 4
Views: 515

Re: I have found a mouthpiece for my Soprano-trombone

I use a Wycliffe signature on my Jupiter soprano. Not *exactly* what I'd actually trumpety, but definitely trumpet-leaning. I can play 2 octaves of F no trouble, but I don't have the support to play much higher for long. Plays pretty well in tune too. I bought it used off a Facebook group.

Matt
by brtnats
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Reaching out to Band Directors in a new city
Replies: 4
Views: 831

Re: Reaching out to Band Directors in a new city

I haven't taken on any students since moving, but I'm a firm believer that gigs always lead to gigs. Get yourself out and playing with other people and someone will inevitably ask.

Matt
by brtnats
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: How to organize dramatic elements in music
Replies: 12
Views: 1130

Re: How to organize dramatic elements in music

Can you elaborate on this? I don't know much about Baroque rhetoric. Sure. There is a lot of scholarly writing on rhetoric and elocution in Baroque music (I used to study this kind of thing when I was a musicologist). The basic gist is that originally, composers organized the music of Baroque arias...
by brtnats
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: trouble with the contrabass register
Replies: 12
Views: 1023

Re: trouble with the contrabass register

I thought I'd post an update on this after seeing a similar post about bass lower register practice: My pedal D is coming along. It’s airy unless I really focus on control. I like the feel of it more with 2 valves than one, as I think the resistance helps me down there. However, in playing though th...
by brtnats
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: How to organize dramatic elements in music
Replies: 12
Views: 1130

Re: How to organize dramatic elements in music

<I do not compose, and this is opinion solely gained through years of performance, writing as a musicologist, and teaching the development of western music to undergrad and grad students.> In working with composers, and studying their compositional processes, it seems to me that they tend to organiz...
by brtnats
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent
Replies: 107
Views: 10745

Re: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent

I've really been enjoying my 822G in single valve mode lately. I agree that it's a more nimble "feel," but I also think the sound is wider and more malleable without that extra mass. I wish more manufacturers would offer a detachable second valve, if only so people could experiment.

Matt
by brtnats
Thu May 24, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Doubling
Replies: 36
Views: 2369

Re: Doubling

James Markey did a Youtube video talking about doubling. Considering his career in the New York Phil was born out of extremely successful doubling, I'm going to agree with his basic premise: The people that say bass trombone is a completely different instrument requiring a "specialist" are ignoring ...
by brtnats
Thu May 24, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Laurel vs Yanny as relates to hearing
Replies: 18
Views: 1240

Re: Laurel vs Yanny as relates to hearing

NPR ran a piece on this. The word is apparently an online dictionary's recorded pronunciation for the word...."Laurel." I hear both, but I distinctly heard Laurel first. Is there any correlation here between higher-oriented tenor players hearing Yanny and bass players hearing Laurel? It's definitely...
by brtnats
Thu May 24, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats
Replies: 42
Views: 3086

Re: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats

Yeah, I've got a positive experience to help balance the karma too. I regularly play bass trombone under a conductor who splits her time between the stick and playing in the clarinet section. She regularly has me play in a more bells-up position because she likes the definition the bass bone adds to...
by brtnats
Wed May 23, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats
Replies: 42
Views: 3086

Re: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats

You know, now that I think about it another very likely option is just poor rehearsal management. Denis Wick talked about this in Trombone Technique . To paraphrase, he said that brass players rehearse dynamics exactly as they're going to be performed, because we're not dealing with the same enduran...
by brtnats
Tue May 22, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats
Replies: 42
Views: 3086

Re: Conductors that use trombones as scapegoats

@Dave: I'm entirely willing to bet she never even heard the trombones. She heard the choir and thought she heard the trombones. A choir with less-than-perfect diction is going to muddy up counterpoint like that, and actual articulate trombone-doubling on those lines will go a long way towards cuttin...
by brtnats
Tue May 22, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: trouble with the contrabass register
Replies: 12
Views: 1023

Re: trouble with the contrabass register

I suppose I should clarify too: Becoming comfortable in this range is all about me overcoming an obstacle to my playing, and not for some kind of immediate necessity. I don't play anything that actually goes that low. The ensembles I play with usually bottom out at pedal F. I'm strictly into this to...
by brtnats
Mon May 21, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: trouble with the contrabass register
Replies: 12
Views: 1023

Re: trouble with the contrabass register

since you can play the double pedal Bb on second position I am sure you will get the tones D Db C and B, (you do have a BB on first position right?) there is a lot of tubing used when playing pedal D, so there is much resistense. Maybe you blow to fast? Maybe you push the air to much? It usually ta...
by brtnats
Mon May 21, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: trouble with the contrabass register
Replies: 12
Views: 1023

Re: trouble with the contrabass register

Well, I'm encouraged by the strength and clarity that the F, E, and Eb have gained in the last few months. I'm going to try a few months of solid, targeted practicing in that range and see if I can get it to solidify. The fact that I can get it to sound at all has to be a good place to start, right?!
by brtnats
Mon May 21, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: trouble with the contrabass register
Replies: 12
Views: 1023

trouble with the contrabass register

Hi everyone, I think I know the answer here, but I'd like some guidance from folks who have worked through the issue. I've been playing bass trombone for around 11 years (tenor for 20+), but I've only really gotten serious about it in the last 2 years. There is currently a point where my range just ...
by brtnats
Tue May 15, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Yamaha 891z-Lawler - King 3B
Replies: 48
Views: 3768

Re: Yamaha 891z-Lawler - King 3B

+1 for the 891Z here. I've got one that I replaced my Bach 36 with. It's a very very nice .508 (especially for a stock instrument). Light, easy to play, very customizable sound via the leadpipes and mouthpieces. I've used it as 1st in a concert band, 1st in lots of little chamber gigs, solo and ense...
by brtnats
Wed May 02, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent
Replies: 107
Views: 10745

Re: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good dependent but I'm not aware of any such design elements that would optimize for those notes. Is there a horn that you can give an example of that has a unique design element that would affect those notes? That would be distinct from, say, the additional conical tu...
by brtnats
Tue May 01, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent
Replies: 107
Views: 10745

Re: Bass Trombones- Single vs Dependent vs Independent

I am just a dedicated amateur, but I'd like to add +1 for dependents for 2 reasons: 1. To me, dependents feel better on the double valve notes. Good modern dependent basses have second valves designed to play low D-B, and that's it. They don't have to sound good as indy valves, and there's some desi...
by brtnats
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Cases
Topic: Glen Cronkhite bass trombone gig bag, leather
Replies: 7
Views: 942

Re: Glen Cronkhite bass trombone gig bag, leather

I tried to PM you on the FB trombone marketplace. Would you take $325?

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