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by Gary
Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Jokes and one liners from the back row
Replies: 78
Views: 11071

Re: Jokes and one liners from the back row

My band and I were rolling down an inter-state when two rear tires blew. Dangerous. The driver told us to get off the bus immediately. As I was exiting there was a real trickster standing at the front, looking at us and singing. "You picked a fine time to leave me loose wheel".
by Gary
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Farkas style trombone mouthpiece
Replies: 24
Views: 1685

Re: Farkas style trombone mouthpiece

Per the specs, it does have a throat, but an incredibly large one. Also and extremely deep cup. Seems like a rather specialized mouthpiece, I wouldn't put that in the box with a new instrument unless the buyer specifically asks for that. My guess is on trombone, a mouthpiece with that design would ...
by Gary
Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Carousel/NY Phil at Lincoln Center
Replies: 8
Views: 878

Re: Carousel/NY Phil at Lincoln Center

Thanks for that. Listening/watching Porgy & Bess right now but will do Carousel next.
by Gary
Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 13923

Re: Yikes

Posaunus wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:38 am
What would you have done if you were part of the symphony management?
I would put her on administrative leave until a thorough investigation is completed.
by Gary
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 13923

Re: Yikes

That she posted something abhorrent, but LEGAL, does not mean due process may be waived.
by Gary
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 13923

Re: Yikes

mwpfoot wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:08 pm
What about due process?! This orchestra appears to be following it.
Do you consider summarily firing someone preceding any hearing or any other legal defense, due process? Guilty until proven innocent?
by Gary
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 13923

Re: Yikes

At the risk of repeating myself, one better be careful that what you want muzzled in someone else today doesn't translate to someone wanting to muzzle you tomorrow. Also, some of you are confusing the disliking what was said with the right to say it.
by Gary
Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 13923

Re: Yikes

First, I think what was posted is abhorrent. I find it, personally, repugnant. Second, a right that distinguishes democracies like our own is freedom of speech, a precious right. It is permissible as long as it is not against the law. I am not aware of any law these comments violate. Regarding comme...
by Gary
Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: Notification icon doesn't work.
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Re: Notification icon doesn't work.

Taken care of, thanks.
by Gary
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: Notification icon doesn't work.
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Notification icon doesn't work.

I have a notification. Yet when I click on the notification icon, nothin happens. Additionally, the notification still remains there.

Does anybody have an idea as to what to do? Thanks.
by Gary
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Eccentricity & Instability in Talented Individuals
Replies: 16
Views: 1172

Re: Eccentricity & Instability in Talented Individuals

Bandleader Charlie Barnett needed a recommendation for a new guy. One guy being promoted was said the be "a nice guy".

"Nice guy?" said Charlie. "I don't need nice guys. Give me a bastard who can play".
by Gary
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 13923

Re: Yikes

Whoa! Don't most African and Indian immigrants represent the more educated to begin with? Also, I can't see how there's any comparison between them and African-Americans, because what it doesn't say is that, no matter how successful they might be, they're just another inferior colored person to some...
by Gary
Sun May 31, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Eccentricity & Instability in Talented Individuals
Replies: 16
Views: 1172

Re: Eccentricity & Instability in Talented Individuals

So, what are you really asking? :-D I've worked with all kinds. I've worked with a resident savant to total butt holes. Angelic to demonic. If you are getting paid, you usually find ways to deal with it. It's usually just a matter of choosing your words and company carefully. And a good attribute if...
by Gary
Sun May 31, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 13923

Re: Yikes

Well you realize that, for many of us, we have no idea what you are talkin about. So, unless you just like to hear yourself talk (meant nicely, not disingenuously), without a link you can't get much of a dialogue going. p.s. the people involved that can take action against her certainly know about t...
by Gary
Sat May 30, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: identities
Replies: 28
Views: 2117

Re: identities

Trying to regulate pseudonyms on an open forum is a waste of your time. You can't. Period. When I came on my first forum decades ago, relatively safe and credible BTW, one of the first threads I came upon was a heated argument that ended with one of the parties asking the other for his address so he...
by Gary
Fri May 29, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I hit the wall!
Replies: 11
Views: 1117

Re: I hit the wall!

Ref. incentive, and I realise it's varied, I practice to get better, so I can play what I want - which is more demanding than my present ability.
by Gary
Thu May 28, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I hit the wall!
Replies: 11
Views: 1117

Re: I hit the wall!

This is not The Wall. The wall is when you reach a "playing" barrier and, no matter what you do, you just don't get better. Most of us hit this several times throughout a playing career and solutions are various. What you have is a loss of incentive. And I don't know what the key to ringing your bel...
by Gary
Tue May 19, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Consecutive Chords with Flutter - Playable?
Replies: 9
Views: 769

Re: Consecutive Chords with Flutter - Playable?

I don't see a problem. To me, it's not a matter of possibility as a matter of context, i.e. how it's used.

Ref. growl and flutter tongue, some people can make both sound the same, some can't. In that case you have to decide what sound you are seeking and use that technique.
by Gary
Tue May 19, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teaching horn as second instrument
Replies: 18
Views: 1371

Re: Teaching horn as second instrument

"I noticed that the French horn was the doubling that was more difficult the other doublings for the students at SMI." Basbun, I don't discount your experience at all, but from my perspective it didn't matter. I just played the Horn and the Trombone as two different instruments and mouthpiece placem...
by Gary
Mon May 18, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Consecutive Chords with Flutter - Playable?
Replies: 9
Views: 769

Re: Consecutive Chords with Flutter - Playable?

Just to be clear, you are talking about a group of trombonists playing single notes, each, versus one trombone playing multiphonics, right?
by Gary
Mon May 18, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Something to save my wrist for edwards bass
Replies: 23
Views: 1003

Re: Something to save my wrist for edwards bass

Thanks, Bruce.
by Gary
Mon May 18, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Something to save my wrist for edwards bass
Replies: 23
Views: 1003

Re: Something to save my wrist for edwards bass

Do any of these devices help balance a valve trombone? Thanks.
by Gary
Mon May 18, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teaching horn as second instrument
Replies: 18
Views: 1371

Re: Teaching horn as second instrument

I don't see a problem and I don't think you need to make any subtle embouchure changes just because it "hypothetically" might work. I play/ed Trumpet, French Horn, Eb Alto Horn and Trombone. I learned each horn independently of the others.
by Gary
Fri May 15, 2020 6:23 pm
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: 1902

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

That said, it's not always easy to deal with administrators often most concerned about climbing their particular greasy pole to success. Kids are almost never the problem. Parents are generally reasonable and responsive to professionalism and expertise. Word! I was Composer-in Residence for a major...
by Gary
Fri May 15, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Ideas on what next to take on
Replies: 19
Views: 1437

Re: Ideas on what next to take on

Thanks for trying to help me along, Daniel; for taking the time to give such a detailed response. I really appreciate it. I don't know. For me the creative process is just having a goal, (musical or extra-musical) and defining your parameters, (form, orchestration, harmonic/melodic materials, etc.),...
by Gary
Thu May 14, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Ideas on what next to take on
Replies: 19
Views: 1437

Re: Ideas on what next to take on

Thanks for the detailed explanation, Daniel. I guess I'm just having a problem with semantics. I don't see how what you explained is any different than it has always been for a lot of composers and what, then, makes that any different than business as usual vs. a category named "meta-writing". I don...
by Gary
Wed May 13, 2020 3:00 pm
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: 1902

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

I had a friend who just goofed off in college (UH) and got drafted. He started in construction just fixing up little stuff, like curbs. He kept climbing until he had his own construction company, an awesome house in Hawai'i and a ton of money. The other of our trio did a more conventional route and ...
by Gary
Wed May 13, 2020 11:30 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: 1902

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

Regarding the later-in-life thing, I got my degree at 27, both my parents at about 40. My mom became a teacher. I think one thing to pay attention to, is to get practice teaching or internship as early as you can. It's always baffled me how some schools don't expose their students to a teaching envi...
by Gary
Wed May 13, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Ideas on what next to take on
Replies: 19
Views: 1437

Re: Ideas on what next to take on

Digidog, I know what meta-writing is in a prose-writing context (although I'm not sure I understand it completely) but I don't understand how the term applies to composition. Can you point me in the direction of a source that may make this more evident? Thanks.
by Gary
Sun May 10, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teaching very young children
Replies: 10
Views: 603

Re: Teaching very young children

One day my Mus. Ed. class visited a middle school band. We kept hearing low notes blasted and couldn't figure it out. So we went around behind the bone section. We heard where the low notes were coming from and it was a small Japanese-American kid who could hardly reach a check-out counter much less...
by Gary
Sun May 10, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teaching very young children
Replies: 10
Views: 603

Re: Teaching very young children

Also, unless he is uncommonly attached to trombone pedagogy, at that young, it would be more fun and interesting to throw a lot of easy tunes vs. exercises his way.
by Gary
Sun May 10, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Ideas on what next to take on
Replies: 19
Views: 1437

Re: Ideas on what next to take on

Daniel, I know you know what you are doing and I'm definitely not meaning to talk down to you. It's just that there is such a wealth of possibilities out there that, personally, I would go with my own intuition. But if you want outside ideas, go for it.
by Gary
Sat May 09, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Ideas on what next to take on
Replies: 19
Views: 1437

Re: Ideas on what next to take on

I don't think I need a musicological history. Maybe I'm just saying this wrong. I'm just encouraging you to find what's within yourself. . . FWIW.
by Gary
Sat May 09, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Ideas on what next to take on
Replies: 19
Views: 1437

Re: Ideas on what next to take on

Seems clear enough, no? What I am implying is that you are looking for something to challenge you, to call forth your passion and, at the same time, is yours. To me, that means creating something that is you from within, not from anybody else. Use your imagination and do what really inspires you .
by Gary
Fri May 08, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Ideas on what next to take on
Replies: 19
Views: 1437

Re: Ideas on what next to take on

I must be missing something . . why are you asking us?
by Gary
Tue May 05, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Definitive Jazz Trombone Albums?
Replies: 7
Views: 799

Re: Definitive Jazz Trombone Albums?

Jazz at the Opera House, J.J. Johnson and Stan Getz
Like Cool, Eddie Bert
Rhythm Within, Steve Turre
by Gary
Tue May 05, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Purviance 5*3
Replies: 5
Views: 656

Re: Purviance 5*3

Your contemporary go-to source for Purviance mouthpieces is Bob Reeves.
They have a new site that I have a little problem negotiating, so if you don't find Purviance mouthpieces, just give them a call.
https://bobreeves.com/contact/
by Gary
Sun May 03, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Modes
Replies: 17
Views: 2279

Re: Modes

Mark Levin commented about the strange use in minor there the 5th degree should be called Mixolydian b2 b6, it should to keep the order be named Phrygian (#3 Picardic third). Could it be that Levin is not seeing this as the harmonic organization of an entire piece of music so much as identifying th...
by Gary
Sat May 02, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Modes
Replies: 17
Views: 2279

Re: Modes

The use of modes is not limited to old music. There is plenty of contemporary music written in both the jazz and classical genres where modes are stand-alone forms. We may be saying the same things just using different words. I just want to clarify that modal use is both old and contemporary and tha...
by Gary
Fri May 01, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Modes
Replies: 17
Views: 2279

Re: Modes

I don't know of any books for modes. A little misleading. Modes were the major scalular forms in the Medieval and Renaissance, several hundred years. There have been numerous treatises and books written on them. In more modern times, there has been a revisiting of the modes in a more modern context...
by Gary
Fri May 01, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Modes
Replies: 17
Views: 2279

Re: Modes

Just for the sake of clarification, modes are not major scales starting on different notes. They are stand-alone scale-wise patterns of varying intervals and varying character. Learning them as major scales starting on different notes is just a convenient way of learning them.
by Gary
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Bolero: Deleted Scene
Replies: 6
Views: 1096

Re: Bolero: Deleted Scene

Damn! I thought you were going to show a deleted scene from Bo Derek's Bolero.
by Gary
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Modular Practice Rooms?
Replies: 9
Views: 1231

Re: Modular Practice Rooms?

timothy42b wrote:
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:12 pm
It was interesting to walk the halls past all those practice rooms, and hear trombone players hammering away at the standard pieces every trombone player would know.
Lassus Trmbones? :biggrin:
by Gary
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: How to ship music
Replies: 14
Views: 1650

Re: How to ship music

I can understand that but, now that I think of it, I don't think I've used that larger format for at least thirty years. YMMV.
by Gary
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: How to ship music
Replies: 14
Views: 1650

Re: How to ship music

I quit this hard-copy mailing years ago. I eMail the music for the recipient to print out at their end, reducing the total cost that would've been spent for mailing and packings. If the recipient feels better with something tanbible, I send a CD with the materials on it for printing out.
by Gary
Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Modular Practice Rooms?
Replies: 9
Views: 1231

Re: Modular Practice Rooms?

Timothy, what is your estimate, percentage-wise, of the level of sound reduction? Thanks.
by Gary
Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Modular Practice Rooms?
Replies: 9
Views: 1231

Re: Modular Practice Rooms?

Well, I know how to find them, LOL. I want to know what your experiences with them are. ;-D
by Gary
Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Sibelius which version to buy/subscribe?
Replies: 24
Views: 1690

Re: Sibelius which version to buy/subscribe?

Caution on that, though, as the subscription service Avid uses (Avid Link) is notoriously unreliable, and frequently there are complaints that people can't use their Sibelius and have to go through a re-registration rigmarole every single month in order to get any work done. Thanks. That's what was...
by Gary
Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Sibelius which version to buy/subscribe?
Replies: 24
Views: 1690

Re: Sibelius which version to buy/subscribe?

MagnumH - do you mean I can get Sibelius with no further subscription irritations and in perpetuity, including updates/upgrades, with a one-time purchase of Perpetual License? Thanks.

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