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by Doug Elliott
Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Leadpipe receiver reamers
Replies: 17
Views: 508

Re: Leadpipe receiver reamers

In most mouthpiece-to-leadpipe situations, if the end of the mouthpiece is too far away from the leadpipe's venturi, it feels stuffy and doesn't play well. If it's too close to the venturi it feels too open and is uncontrollable.
So it's a matter of finding the balance that works.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Dangers of doubling - changing mpc size daily
Replies: 27
Views: 733

Re: Dangers of doubling - changing mpc size daily

There are already a lot of good and valuable comments here. See you at MidWest. As Kris said in the previous comment, when your embouchure formation becomes independent of the rim, doubling is less of a problem and can be beneficial. If you're doing everything correctly for your particular face. Tha...
by Doug Elliott
Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: FOIA and Fun(with Music, I swear)
Replies: 7
Views: 234

Re: FOIA and Fun(with Music, I swear)

I think a lot of the military arrangers have their own agreements - their work is not publicly available and reverts to their own property after a period of time.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Schilke Contour Profile
Replies: 6
Views: 318

Re: Schilke Contour Profile

by Doug Elliott
Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Schilke Contour Profile
Replies: 6
Views: 318

Re: Schilke Contour Profile

Never heard of it, but Schilke's rim contours are all different. There's not a single #3 or #4 shape. At least from what I've seen.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Keeping a horn "original"
Replies: 18
Views: 562

Re: Keeping a horn "original"

I don't think I know anybody who regrets a screw-bell modification. I'm interested in having one too, and I've been trying to pay attention to that.

Any comments from people who had it done?
Maybe that should have its own topic.
by Doug Elliott
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Radical Mouthpiece size change
Replies: 15
Views: 843

Re: Radical Mouthpiece size change

I wrote this reply earlier and forgot to send it... A 7C to a 51C4 is not a radical size change. For your medium placement embouchure, both of them are within the range of sizes I would expect to work well. It's not unusual for players of all embouchure types to gradually prefer slightly bigger mout...
by Doug Elliott
Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: DE MT rim on a ST cup?
Replies: 3
Views: 229

Re: DE MT rim on a ST cup?

There would be a small edge showing where the ST cup is slightly smaller than the MT rim interface. It should play pretty normally and if it doesn't bother you, just use it.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Converting from standard shank to Remington shank
Replies: 4
Views: 285

Re: Converting from standard shank to Remington shank

Correct. Everybody seems to refer to it as B&S but it's not. If you want to match the taper find a real Remington mouthpiece and measure.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: WTB: tenor cup with bass rim
Replies: 7
Views: 282

Re: WTB: tenor cup with bass rim

In case you're not familiar with what I make, you can totally customize a mouthpiece that way - any bass rim size, on several tenor cup depth choices, and small or large shank. And it works.
by Doug Elliott
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Transitioning to larger mouthpiece
Replies: 18
Views: 615

Re: Transitioning to larger mouthpiece

Make a switch only if it's a clear improvement in every way... and it's not.
by Doug Elliott
Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Reinhart Pivot System Studies
Replies: 12
Views: 606

Re: Reinhart Pivot System Studies

Exactly. That's why I kept going to him for 10 years... I could see that there was a lot to it, and some evolution happening even during that time. And I also saw him make mistakes, and many people totally misunderstood what he was saying, partly due to their own preconceived idea of "pivot" and oth...
by Doug Elliott
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: MuseScore Question
Replies: 5
Views: 315

Re: MuseScore Question

Assuming it's like Sibelius, you do Ctrl-3 on the first quarter and it becomes a triplet with 2 rests. Then add the other two notes.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: High range sharp and low range flat...
Replies: 16
Views: 529

Re: High range sharp and low range flat...

I'm not talking about the amount of air, I'm talking about how the rim size (inside diameter) interacts with your face. Some people really need smaller or larger. The cup, throat, and backbore of the 6.5 size mouthpieces usually doesn't work very well on .547 horns. It's more suited to smaller bores.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Reinhart Pivot System Studies
Replies: 12
Views: 606

Re: Reinhart Pivot System Studies

I felt that way about Skype too, before I started doing it.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Reinhart Pivot System Studies
Replies: 12
Views: 606

Re: Reinhart Pivot System Studies

Reinhardt told me that the word pivot (that he chose) is used by others in many ways that are not at all what he intended. Plus, he changed his concept a lot from what he wrote in his first book in the early 1940's. The pivot done correct does not "transfer pressure" or anything like that. And "slid...
by Doug Elliott
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: High range sharp and low range flat...
Replies: 16
Views: 529

Re: High range sharp and low range flat...

The mouthpiece is either too small or too big for you. Too small could be making the high range sharp and forcing to you collapse everything flat to play low. Too big could be making you pinch the high range sharp and becoming unfocused and flat in the low range. Depending on your chops and level of...
by Doug Elliott
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Reinhart Pivot System Studies
Replies: 12
Views: 606

Re: Reinhart Pivot System Studies

I became interested in the subject of embouchures when I was in high school and college, studying with John Marcellus. I was amazed at his fantastic playing, and Charlie Vernon who was also there at the time. I was studying mostly classical and did a masterclass with Jay Friedman. This was during th...
by Doug Elliott
Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Embouchure gurus please help! Airstream direction change?
Replies: 7
Views: 505

Re: Embouchure gurus please help! Airstream direction change?

In order to keep the airstream one direction, which I do think is important, it may be necessary to change her placement one way or the other, and the mouthpiece size and rim contour can be very related to that if she has a small face. Lots of people get messed up by a suddenly switch to bass. Espec...
by Doug Elliott
Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Dosage and Duration for muscle memory
Replies: 4
Views: 199

Re: Dosage and Duration for muscle memory

I don't have a good answer, except maybe this:

Since you're fresh off of it this time, spend a few weeks NOW working on trumpet AND trombone, until you feel like you have a better understanding of what it takes. That will serve you well next year.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Is there a good small tuba mouthpiece for doubling?
Replies: 8
Views: 316

Re: Is there a good small tuba mouthpiece for doubling?

Try anything but a 24AW. It's small inside but with a stupidly wide rim. I make narrow rims for tuba, for exactly the reason you need it. I think my Narrow rim shape is thinner than any others available, and I can make extra thin rims like a bass trombone rim, if necessary. In my mouthpieces there a...
by Doug Elliott
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Tennis Racquet Grip Tape
Replies: 12
Views: 681

Re: Tennis Racquet Grip Tape

Auto parts stores sell a plastic wrap for wiring harnesses that stretches some and sticks to itself. It seems like a good idea - I bought some but haven't tried it yet.
by Doug Elliott
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Reinhardt Routines (Willy et al) - bass trb?
Replies: 1
Views: 140

Re: Reinhardt Routines (Willy et al) - bass trb?

Tenor clef down an octave would be a good way to start
by Doug Elliott
Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Two G's. Same but different.
Replies: 18
Views: 695

Re: Two G's. Same but different.

I have known players who habitually play that G in 4th.
I don't think I have ever actually used it in 4th outside of an exercise.... maybe.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Finished Rochut, what's next?
Replies: 23
Views: 793

Re: Finished Rochut, what's next?

As others have suggested, and more: solo literature, excerpts, horn band charts, jazz tunes, and transcribe. There's so much that a working trombone player needs to know. How about some Tommy Dorsey, Jack Jenny, Buddy Morrow, etc? And clefs... Should be fluent in at least 4 clefs if not 5. It shocks...
by Doug Elliott
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Unusual mouthpiece
Replies: 8
Views: 770

Re: Unusual mouthpiece

I think it's a really heavy cufflink.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Here we go again
Replies: 13
Views: 616

Re: Here we go again

My cups are more V than most. If you really want a truly V cup I can do it as a custom, I've done it before. But I'll tell you now it sounds like a French horn.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: lead pipes for free, just pay shipping sold
Replies: 4
Views: 551

Re: lead pipes for free, just pay shipping.

I would be happy to pay for shipping. Sending you a PM.
by Doug Elliott
Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Playing brighter?
Replies: 8
Views: 689

Re: Playing brighter?

Without seeing you play or knowing your playing there are entirely too many variables to provide a valid answer. Sound can be adjusted brighter by a variety of things but changing it depends on what you're doing now and the reasons you have a dark sound. Are there any videos or recordings of you onl...
by Doug Elliott
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Aperture Collapse
Replies: 11
Views: 618

Re: Aperture Collapse

Lots of people "were taught" things that are wrong or less than ideal but worked at the time, and continue doing them right through the collapse of it.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Practice endurance problem
Replies: 9
Views: 523

Re: Practice endurance problem

It really depends on lots of things.... How long you've been playing, how advanced you are, what other kinds of playing you do or don't do. For a total beginner, 2 practice periods of 15 minutes each would be a good way to start. If you keep limiting it to 15 or 20 minutes you will probably remain a...
by Doug Elliott
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Practice endurance problem
Replies: 9
Views: 523

Re: Practice endurance problem

Are you recommending a schedule which alternates days of multiple, short practices with days of single long practices? No, I'm recommending you make all of your practice periods longer. Alternating days is a good practice technique but it needs to be done in a different way than that. Of course I d...
by Doug Elliott
Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Brass Instrument Expo?
Replies: 9
Views: 937

Re: Brass Instrument Expo?

I would come to exhibit mouthpieces. I already had it on my calendar.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Practice endurance problem
Replies: 9
Views: 523

Re: Practice endurance problem

It would be a good idea to start doing fewer but longer sessions. At least on some days.
Play 30-40 minutes before you rest,

Strength and endurance are two different things. Right now you're building strength but not endurance. You need both.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: News & Announcements
Topic: New Dad!
Replies: 14
Views: 591

Re: New Dad!

Matt! I didn't even know you were pregnant!
by Doug Elliott
Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:35 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Building a following for a big band
Replies: 20
Views: 1081

Re: Building a following for a big band

I don't know the right amount to charge, but nobody goes to free events, or even ticketed concerts if you give them a free ticket. Sell tickets in advance so they have a reason to not miss it.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Denis Wick size help
Replies: 13
Views: 1178

Re: Denis Wick size help

As far as I know the Y designation is specifically a small shank and I always thought it was for Yamaha small shank baritones or euphoniums but I could be wrong. The 6AL seems like a deep design similar to a Schilje 51D, which would make it better for euphonium than trombone... And possibly very tir...
by Doug Elliott
Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: alto that plays like a tenor
Replies: 27
Views: 1268

Re: alto that plays like a tenor

I have played lead in big band gigs on alto. I enjoy playing alto, and others seem to like the novelty, but I'm really not totally sure how well it works in the section - I've never recorded it.

If Mike Lake plays anywhere it's on alto.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Most desirable vintage trombone mouthpiece?
Replies: 19
Views: 1657

Re: Most desirable vintage trombone mouthpiece?

gh1958 wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:37 pm
Conn 3 , nice v cup, dark sound but good hi range, jj used one with his 6h
No he didn't, at least he didn't record with it.
J.J. told me himself that he used his M21 on every one of his recordings.
by Doug Elliott
Sat Oct 05, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bore size questions
Replies: 22
Views: 1574

Re: Bore size questions

I'm pretty sure the nickel outer slide is the one they sell in the rest of the world, not sold in the US.. I think it's still designated as the same number YSL-354. Congratulations!
by Doug Elliott
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Ultimate beginner's mouthpiece?
Replies: 21
Views: 890

Re: Ultimate beginner's mouthpiece?

If you do Skype I would be happy to take a quick look at your playing and recommend something that will work for you. I understand that things may not be working now, but I can still see what I need. And it might actually help to see you on trumpet too, whatever you can do.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Ultimate beginner's mouthpiece?
Replies: 21
Views: 890

Re: Ultimate beginner's mouthpiece?

6-1/2AL is a good place to start... for the majority of people.

Many people will suggest 12C or 7C. I disagree, especially for an adult.

What horn do you have?
by Doug Elliott
Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Do you know what this is?
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Re: Do you know what this is?

Do you mean the snake on the tuning slide? That's a traditional thing on German trombones.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Kühnl & Hoyer Slokar Performance .547 Bore
Replies: 7
Views: 600

Re: Kühnl & Hoyer Slokar Performance .547 Bore

That's reassuring, is there anything that you have doubts about? Yes. My ability to play it convincingly with no practice. But I get away with it. To me it's perfect. I spend 99% of my playing time on a .500 bore but I can pick that horn up and feel comfortable... which I couldn't do on my old 42B....
by Doug Elliott
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Kühnl & Hoyer Slokar Performance .547 Bore
Replies: 7
Views: 600

Re: Kühnl & Hoyer Slokar Performance .547 Bore

Yes I have one, actually two complete horns with the extra parts. Love it but you don't see very many around.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: The Mysteriously Disappeared High Register
Replies: 4
Views: 557

Re: The Mysteriously Disappeared High Register

I could give you valid advice if I could see you play. But regarding your list: "Plenty of air" will not help high range "Long tones" will not help high range "Pivoting" the wrong way will not help high range "A smaller mouthpiece" will not help high range. and more practice time will not generally ...
by Doug Elliott
Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Too bright and too much bite?
Replies: 22
Views: 1209

Re: Too bright and too much bite?

Moving back to what Chris said, PLAY SOFTER!

Brightness comes with volume. If you want to take some of the edge off, the easiest way is to back off.

Many (if not most) bass trombonists play TOO LOUD all the time. Support, don't dominate.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Too bright and too much bite?
Replies: 22
Views: 1209

Re: Too bright and too much bite?

Chris wins.
It's how you're playing, not what you're playing.
by Doug Elliott
Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece Design
Replies: 2
Views: 412

Re: Mouthpiece Design

Good workable mouthpieces can be shorter or longer. Consider how they play, not what length they are. And the length doesn't always correlate to pitch the way you think it would.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teaching playing the right partial
Replies: 9
Views: 691

Re: Teaching playing the right partial

Try a larger mouthpiece. Chronic overshooting may very well be caused by a mouthpiece that's too small.

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