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by TimBrown
Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Is this America?
Replies: 34
Views: 1273

Re: Is this America?

This is a "Tangent" board and is being used for it's intended purposes. The shame of it is that responses pop up in "New Posts", so even if they offend someone, we still see them [sigh]. Sorry, but I don't think there is a way to block them. To deal with it all, I recently had a tech install three n...
by TimBrown
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 226
Views: 6089

Re: Yikes

Great point! We are probably all inside some kind of bubble. And if the contents of that bubble - or personal belief system - is all we know and all we are exposed to, then it's not us who is inside the bubble, it's everyone else!
by TimBrown
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 226
Views: 6089

Re: Yikes

Great discussion! We pretty much have assumed that she is devastated, broken and ruined. But I find it difficult to believe that someone could be so "inside a bubble" as to not know that there could be severe professional and social consequences for such actions. It's not like it hasn't been plaster...
by TimBrown
Sat May 30, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: identities
Replies: 28
Views: 1287

Re: identities

In the interests of national security, my handler insists I use a false name and pic he grabbed off some Facebook somewhere! Any similarities between my pseudonym and anyone else past or present is a doggone shame.
by TimBrown
Wed May 27, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why are earlier horns better?
Replies: 54
Views: 3066

Re: Why are earlier horns better?

It seems like for every manufacturer, the older the better. What makes elkhart conns so good? Why are new york bachs so much better? I mean its cool and all to have a low serial number, but does the era of horn really make that much of a difference. I havent heard the same about shires or edwards, ...
by TimBrown
Wed May 27, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why are earlier horns better?
Replies: 54
Views: 3066

Re: Why are earlier horns better?

Following the "molecule" line, there are those who believe that a single-owner vintage horn of one - famous - owner is desirable because the molecules of the horn have been "set" in an especially sweet resonance. Maybe they are right! Maybe metal CAN be trained that way. There is a popular meme: "I'...
by TimBrown
Wed May 27, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why are earlier horns better?
Replies: 54
Views: 3066

Re: Why are earlier horns better?

It's a thing. Who wouldn't want to own a confirmed great-playing classic Conn Elkhart in mint condition! Would it actually play better than our brand new state-of-the-art horn? Maybe. Or maybe we might think it does because we believe it has that certain elusive and mystic Ecalibur-like quality. Doe...
by TimBrown
Tue May 26, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Must have books
Replies: 19
Views: 1043

Re: Must have books

OK. That's a good work-around. I rewrote some as well.
by TimBrown
Tue May 26, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Must have books
Replies: 19
Views: 1043

Re: Must have books

What am I missing here? The OP stated that he bought a Yamaha 897Z. According to Yamaha, the 897Z is a small-bore straight horn. Can the Brad Edwards Lip Slur book be played on a straight horn? I must be misunderstanding something.
by TimBrown
Mon May 25, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Your warm up
Replies: 17
Views: 671

Re: Your warm up

A warm-up IS a fundamental thing - for me. I think it all depends upon what you consider a "warm up" and what you consider a study of "fundamentals". That would vary per individual. On person's warm-up may be another person's challenge. Any time I put my horn up to my face, I am always, always, alwa...
by TimBrown
Mon May 25, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Your warm up
Replies: 17
Views: 671

Re: Your warm up

The Michael Davis warmups (10, 15, 20 minutes) are a good starting place if you're looking for something. I used the 15 minute with the play-along exclusively for a few months, and it was great. They are that. Actually, I believe they could be used as a life-time warm-up b/c no one can ever do them...
by TimBrown
Mon May 25, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Your warm up
Replies: 17
Views: 671

Re: Your warm up

Right now, I am exclusively playing a single-trigger bass with a Doug Yeo mouthpiece (finally!). As far as warm-ups and technical skill advancement is concerned: I still like the Davis 15-Minute Warm-Up book. In the morning, I work through it as written, extending parts of it up and/or down and in t...
by TimBrown
Thu May 21, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Do you play bass or tenor? Double? And why?
Replies: 51
Views: 1677

Re: Do you play bass or tenor? Double? And why?

I have migrated from playing my large collection (and growing) of ballads on tenor to bass. Apparently, I am a more natural low bass player than a high tenor player. Sure, even a single-trigger bass is big, heavy and cumbersome to play. My left hand could have a few thousand words to say about it! B...
by TimBrown
Mon May 18, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Yamaha 421G Trigger
Replies: 5
Views: 699

Re: Yamaha 421G Trigger

That looks like a great fix! I discovered that if I put my left-hand little finger up over the brace, rather than under it - things go a lot better. It feels like a more solid grip for this horn and it's also not as hard on my little finger. I guess it takes a big-boy grip for a big-boy horn. Congra...
by TimBrown
Thu May 14, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Practicing Multiple Instruments in A Single Day
Replies: 13
Views: 524

Re: Practicing Multiple Instruments in A Single Day

I imagine there is a myriad of ways to approach this, depending upon the player, etc. What works for me is a formulated warm-up consisting of three keys; two of which reside in the middle range: 1) Flexibility 2) Double-tonguing 3) Range (tenor high; bass low) If I can take 10 minutes to warm up and...
by TimBrown
Mon May 11, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The sound in your head
Replies: 24
Views: 672

Re: The sound in your head

Specifically, it was the Harold Betters "Even Better" (1963) album that put the sound of what I determined a trombone ought to sound like firmly into my head. To narrow that down even further, it was my favorite cut on that album "After You're Gone" that hooked me as a sound AND melodic playing styl...
by TimBrown
Mon May 11, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The sound in your head
Replies: 24
Views: 672

Re: The sound in your head

One of the sounds that got into my head was from Frank Fontaine's comedy routine on the Jackie Gleason Show during the "Joe The Bartender" skit. His baritone voice was amazing - especially after his comedy routine. I guess I should have wanted to play a baritone, but there were other reasons why I w...
by TimBrown
Mon May 11, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Is slide cream truly better than slide oil?
Replies: 10
Views: 421

Re: Is slide cream truly better than slide oil?

... • Every few days ( at least weekly ) wipe off the lubricant from the outer slide with a soft cloth; • Clean and dry interior of both the inner slide and outer slides with a swab – ... * HWP Brass-Saver (soft pull-through brush with a long plastic lead ribbon); or ... * cotton strip or cheeseclo...
by TimBrown
Sat May 09, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: New Album From Bass Trombonist Max Seigel
Replies: 4
Views: 414

Re: New Album From Bass Trombonist Max Seigel

Inspiring! Thanks for sharing, ngrinder!
by TimBrown
Mon May 04, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Range of acceptable sizes for bass
Replies: 34
Views: 2950

Re: Range of acceptable sizes for bass

I also like the Yamaha 58, 59 & 60 mouthpieces. Actually, I also like the Yeo but it's just too large for me to double between tenor on a Sullivan and a Yeo on bass (and I don't really have the lungs for it either). So I'm currently maxing with the 60 on bass. What I like about the openness on all o...
by TimBrown
Sun May 03, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Yamaha 421G Trigger
Replies: 5
Views: 699

Re: Yamaha 421G Trigger

I super glued on an Etsy Trombone Acrylic Trigger Thumb Rest and it made a difference. https://www.etsy.com/listing/661477344/trombone-acrylic-trigger-thumb-rest?ref=hp_top_in_taxo-1-2&frs=1 Perhaps your fix is better, though. I still had to train myself to maintain a firm and proper grip, though so...
by TimBrown
Fri May 01, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Modernize Vintage Horns
Replies: 141
Views: 9343

Re: Modernize Vintage Horns

Maybe a lot of others feel the way I do. I don't want to be bothered with dents, worn inner stockings, worn or shot valves, worn lacquer, misaligned slides, etc - even if a classic vintage horn might have a certain je ne sais quoi. I want to play a new, bright shiny horn. Modernized 'em if you got '...
by TimBrown
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Melba Liston and her bones
Replies: 23
Views: 875

Re: Melba Liston and her bones

Notice how the performance is different from today. First of all, the arrangements are playable. By that I mean these virtuosos don't have to bring their entire bag of tricks to bear against the chart. They get to play each note really great rather than rushing to the next. I can't count the number...
by TimBrown
Mon Apr 06, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Rochut backwards
Replies: 4
Views: 385

Re: Rochut backwards

I always referred to it as Rochut The Door!
by TimBrown
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Motivation to practise in a non performing world
Replies: 12
Views: 695

Re: Motivation to practise in a non performing world

...How to stay motivated and practise in our locked down world ? I have to admit that I have been having a ball these last few weeks. Practising. Look, I have spent the last forty and a bit years playing what other people want me to in exchange for money and much of my personal practise has been ge...
by TimBrown
Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Rochut backwards
Replies: 4
Views: 385

Re: Rochut backwards

When I was working through Rochut, I would start on a book at the front. I used a marker with an arrow on it to indicate which direction I was going. When I got to the end of the book, I reversed the arrow and worked back to the front. There were some I looked forward to and some I dreaded.
by TimBrown
Tue Mar 31, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 74319

Re: What we're doing

Post a little something, maybe on a weekly or even daily basis, about what you're doing trombone-wise or musically. I know some of you are on YouTube regularly so that might seem a little redundant. But for the rest of us I think it would be interesting to find out where you all are in your "progre...
by TimBrown
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Endurance building
Replies: 9
Views: 438

Re: Endurance building

It strikes me that there are two basic ways of improving endurance. The first is to rest as long as you play while practicing. That would mean that if I'm working on an Arban exercise for 3 minutes, that I rest and do something else for 3 minutes. For me, that's something else is listening to recor...
by TimBrown
Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 255
Views: 21337

Re: Coronavirus

Me too! I miss the occasional visits to the Conservatory, Zoo, Art Museums, Symphony, Brass Band, hockey and baseball games. Other than those activities, I have always felt very comfortable staying at home. I retired months ago from playing with live groups. It was nice, but now it is done (still pr...
by TimBrown
Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 255
Views: 21337

Re: Coronavirus

I have had a full beard for 50 years, so I guess that makes me a Prepper!
by TimBrown
Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Practice Room Size
Replies: 18
Views: 1075

Re: Practice Room Size

My basement practice room is about 15X15 (I just measured it - the reason for this edit). It's too small. I was careful to soundproof only the areas that needed it; an outside wall and the ceiling. Too much soundproofing and my studio sounds dead. I wanted both a degree of sound-proofing and resonan...
by TimBrown
Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Hard to choose!
Replies: 15
Views: 1174

Re: Hard to choose!

I'm no longer playing any tenor trombone. Just have not updated my profile. Full time bass trombone now. And want to play just one mouthpiece. Me too! I guess I'll have some tenors to get rid of when this downturn is over. I think bass trombones get a bad rap. I see them as beautiful soloist instru...
by TimBrown
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Improvisation Regimen
Replies: 27
Views: 3696

Re: Improvisation Regimen

Just "earing" one's way through improvization may not always be adequate. Certainly, by the Bebop era, most of the well known players were not intuitive musicians. They were very cerebral. I think it was Dizzy who advocated keyboard skills for every musician. I've read stories about how he would pl...
by TimBrown
Sun Mar 08, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Improvisation Regimen
Replies: 27
Views: 3696

Re: Improvisation Regimen

Agreed. Unless we ever get to Matrix-like learning... Whoa! I know jazz!
by TimBrown
Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Improvisation Regimen
Replies: 27
Views: 3696

Re: Improvisation Regimen

I tried BIAB with Real Tracks back in 2011(?). At the time it seemed bit awkward. Someone soloing (like a live track) over a given chord progression. I liked the idea but it was an awkward fit (at the time) because sometimes it would be someone playing long tones or something. I"m sure it has impro...
by TimBrown
Sat Mar 07, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Improvisation Regimen
Replies: 27
Views: 3696

Re: Improvisation Regimen

Early Jazz was learned by transcribing and playing by ear. The recordings were the Aeborsold's and BIAB of the day. As much as I like BIAB, play-a-longs don't replace recordings; they're only used for placing tunes in a certain context. Actually I use BIAB more for Arranging and song creating than ...
by TimBrown
Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Improvisation Regimen
Replies: 27
Views: 3696

Re: Improvisation Regimen

Become a transcribing monster, even if it's just 4 measures a day. Start transcribing your idols- write it all out; include the chord progressions. Playing with BIAB and Aeborsolds isn't going to improve your technique- the transcribing will. I think that all available options will increase your te...
by TimBrown
Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Dangers of doubling - changing mpc size daily
Replies: 61
Views: 6921

Re: Dangers of doubling - changing mpc size daily

Speaking of doubling, or actually tripling, I saw Christian Lindberg perform the other night. He started off with a piece for alto and small chamber orchestra, conducted three pieces and then finished of with a virtuoso display on large tenor. Maybe he and James Morrison could make the point that i...
by TimBrown
Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:33 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Dangers of doubling - changing mpc size daily
Replies: 61
Views: 6921

Re: Dangers of doubling - changing mpc size daily

I personally believe there are two basic schools of thought: 1) Select the mpc size/shape/config for technique and shape the sound 2) Select the mpc size/shape/config for sound and shape the technique. Since I am better at working up the technique to suit the equipment, I let my sound concept guide ...
by TimBrown
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Taking a Break
Replies: 9
Views: 1416

Re: Taking a Break

It was about 48 years and during that time, I did what most guys did in the process of living. When I decided to play again late in my life, it took some time and excellent professional instruction, but I have far and away surpassed anything I was able to do the first time. I believe that as long as...
by TimBrown
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Improvisation Regimen
Replies: 27
Views: 3696

Re: Improvisation Regimen

I have fun with Band-In-A-Box. I set up a simple, repeating chord progression for, say 64 bars. Let BiaB RealTracks soloist have the first 32 and then it's my turn. Or swap 8 bar riffs; whatever I want. Don't like the iteration of the RealTracks solo? Overright it till I like it and go. Different st...
by TimBrown
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What are some horns you will NEVER buy?
Replies: 82
Views: 11688

Re: What are some horns you will NEVER buy?

Either a Bach 42B or a Bach 36B.
by TimBrown
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: In defense of Yamaha
Replies: 70
Views: 7177

Re: In defense of Yamaha

I'm not understanding the distinction you're making between "closed" and "semi-closed". Bach and Conn closed wrap trombones have two small radius crooks and one large radius crook. Don't Yamaha closed wraps also have two small radius crooks and one large radius crook? I think the reason Conn change...
by TimBrown
Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: In defense of Yamaha
Replies: 70
Views: 7177

Re: In defense of Yamaha

My 421G doesn't not pull for low B. That and it being a single-trigger bass is probably why Yamaha designates it as an "intermediate" horn. I doubt it could be used effectively for higher-end technical low passages. But all of that is okay with me. It suits my needs at present. And the sound of Yama...
by TimBrown
Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: In defense of Yamaha
Replies: 70
Views: 7177

Re: In defense of Yamaha

In the past several years I have bought three brand-new Yamahas. I was amazed at their condition; clean as a whistle inside and totally gig-ready right out of their cases! Prior to this, I had bought two brand-new Kanstuls. I believe Kanstuls are good horns. But it took me about 1/2 hour of work on ...
by TimBrown
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: In defense of Yamaha
Replies: 70
Views: 7177

Re: In defense of Yamaha

The professional music scene is so competitive, a top-tier performer (or wannabe) needs all they edge they can get. The rest of us - probably not so much.

If there is any bias against Yamaha trombones, I wonder if it is more between longitude lines than anything.
by TimBrown
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: In defense of Yamaha
Replies: 70
Views: 7177

Re: In defense of Yamaha

FWIW; I play Yamaha "intermediate" models exclusively. I can state with all sincerity and honesty that it isn't the horns that are the limiting factor. It's me. My instructor gave my "intermediate" horns a test drive. I will never be able to get out of them in the rest of my short lifetime what he g...
by TimBrown
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: In praise of the humble Bach 2G
Replies: 42
Views: 2759

Re: In praise of the humble Bach 2G

Eyedoc wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:45 am
Are these positive responses with the 2G with modern stock VB 2G as available to purchase now or with magical Mt Vernon productions that are a rarity to find?
Mine is a brand-new one, from Hickeys (if I may).
by TimBrown
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: In praise of the humble Bach 2G
Replies: 42
Views: 2759

Re: In praise of the humble Bach 2G

This thread has changed my mind-set on the Bach 2G. I had thought it was a trash mouthpiece that could not be used for credible melodic lows on even a single-trigger bass trombone. But I decided to have at a little experiment this morning with it, a 1.5G and a 1.25G. I play against Band-in-a-Box wit...
by TimBrown
Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Favourite Jones-Lewis tune?
Replies: 13
Views: 2201

Re: Favourite Jones-Lewis tune?

Oh wow--that Jimmy Knepper solo! He had the most amazing tone of any trombonist I've ever heard. I don't always care for the way he articulates, but I can just drink in that tone all day. FWIW, I totally agree with you! Warts and all - hands down - a great sound. Totally appropriate for his horn an...

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