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by Doug Elliott
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Traveling to Hartford, Boston, New York
Replies: 1
Views: 105

Re: Traveling to, Boston, New York

Update on my travel in case anybody's interested in a lesson or mouthpieces on my route: Hudson Valley area, Wednesday 9/26 Beverly MA, Thursday 9/27 Masterclass at Berklee, Friday 9/28, 1:00-3:00 Mouthpiece trials at Virtuosity Music in Boston, Saturday 9/29, 2:00-4:00 Artie Shaw Orchestra concert ...
by Doug Elliott
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Help! 'Jersey Bounce' solo in a large hall/no mic
Replies: 1
Views: 34

Re: Help! 'Jersey Bounce' solo in a large hall/no mic

With no mic, if you use a plunger at all no one in the audience will hear it. You'll hear yourself and think it's perfect.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bass Trombone Mouthpieces for a Tuba Player
Replies: 8
Views: 266

Re: Bass Trombone Mouthpieces for a Tuba Player

Many tuba players don't like the thin rims that are typical on larger bass trombone mouthpieces. I offer wide rims as an option on all of my bass mouthpiece sizes.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Practice routine
Replies: 10
Views: 260

Re: Practice routine

I believe Christian Lindberg draws from literature only, not etudes. So if you need to work on lyrical passages, forget the Rochuts, go for lyrical literature, vocal arias etc. "Bordogni was the author of a published singing method, and composed many sets of vocalises which remained in use for sing...
by Doug Elliott
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Practice routine
Replies: 10
Views: 260

Re: Practice routine

If you're working on solos and excepts don't wait until the end of the day after everything else. Unless you're planning on auditioning after a full day of practice. Not a good idea.

I like BurckhardtS's routine.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Schilke 51- 4G.
Replies: 14
Views: 707

Re: Schilke 51- 4G.

Most 51's are considerably bigger in the rim than their spec size.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece trials & fittings in Boston
Replies: 6
Views: 339

Re: Mouthpiece trials & fittings in Boston

Monday October 1, from noon to 2:30 I will offer mouthpiece trials and fittings at the NY Musicians Union, in Rehearsal Hall B.

No sales there but you can try anything I have.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece trials & fittings in Boston
Replies: 6
Views: 339

Re: Mouthpiece trials & fittings in Boston

No idea yet. Maybe I'll try to set up something at the Union.
I can be in town all day. I usually schedule some lessons while I'm there.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Massimo LaRosa
Replies: 50
Views: 939

Re: Massimo LaRosa

Concerning whether this thread will be locked...
As a moderator, I decided to post it to allow and encourage discussion. This should not get swept under the rug.
We'll see if the others agree.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece trials & fittings in Boston
Replies: 6
Views: 339

Mouthpiece trials & fittings in Boston

People often ask me where they can try my mouthpieces but I don't sell through stores. Now's your chance if you're in or around Hartford, Boston, or New York. My travel at the end of this month: Wednesday 9/26 Hartford CT Thursday through Saturday I'll be in the greater Boston area and available for...
by Doug Elliott
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Massimo LaRosa
Replies: 50
Views: 939

Massimo LaRosa

...is in the news.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Main slide lock not locking properly
Replies: 11
Views: 537

Re: Main slide lock not locking properly

I have discovered that even a thin layer of ink from a marker, or some lacquer, or paint, or machinist's blue, will sometimes build it up enough to tighten. World's cheapest repair.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Traveling to Hartford, Boston, New York
Replies: 1
Views: 105

Traveling to Hartford, Boston, New York

I am planning a trip north the end of this month. I'm looking to do some teaching, maybe a masterclass, and mouthpiece trials and fittings. Right now it's looking like this: Wednesday 9/26 Hartford CT Thursday through Saturday in the greater Boston area Sunday 9/30 I have an afternoon gig in RI. Mon...
by Doug Elliott
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?
Replies: 37
Views: 697

Re: Euphonium Doubler - How, how long and how well do you adapt?

Everybody has an opinion .... about what's best in euphonium mouthpieces. They're all right, and they're all wrong. It depends on who's playing it. Small mouthpieces like a Yamaha 48 can work well for some people, and very large bass trombone size mouthpieces can work well for some people. Of the mo...
by Doug Elliott
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: UK BrassBand pitch is confusing me, help!!
Replies: 8
Views: 179

Re: UK BrassBand pitch is confusing me, help!!

An actual concert pitch F would written as a G for Bb instruments and a D for Eb instruments.

Use tenor clef to read Bb treble parts, and bass clef to read Eb treble parts. That takes care of the transposition, and you only need to change the key signature and be careful with any accidentals.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: A very unusual trumpet embouchure
Replies: 18
Views: 602

Re: A very unusual trumpet embouchure

Tonguing while circular breathing is always impressive...
by Doug Elliott
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece Comparison Charts
Replies: 27
Views: 1034

Re: Mouthpiece Comparison Charts

For most players, the typical variation between samples (and/or variation from published specs) of mouthpieces by some of the relatively major manufacturers is enough to make the difference between playable and unplayable. What use is somebody's opinion of their particular mouthpiece when is has alm...
by Doug Elliott
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece Comparison Charts
Replies: 27
Views: 1034

Re: Mouthpiece Comparison Charts

When there's as much as .020 of an inch measurable difference in rim size between samples of the same mouthpiece, or that far away from the published specs, there's not a lot of point in assuming any kind of reliability of any chart. Some of the published specs are laughable.
by Doug Elliott
Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: A very unusual trumpet embouchure
Replies: 18
Views: 602

Re: A very unusual trumpet embouchure

"As little pressure as possible"
and
"Contraction of the embouchure"
are two ideas that will usually lead to big trouble.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Stainless steel, heavy tops?
Replies: 26
Views: 1960

Re: Stainless steel, heavy tops?

So to summarize in case anybody missed it: The effect of more weight: the response was good, projection was improved, and the low register speaks easier. The effect of less weight: the response was good, projection was improved, and the low register speaks easier. A better physical approach to playi...
by Doug Elliott
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Anyone have lip surgery before and be able to play since?
Replies: 9
Views: 477

Re: Anyone have lip surgery before and be able to play since?

Good to know we gave a plastic surgeon member. Where are you?
by Doug Elliott
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Is it worth it to refurbish mouthpieces? + How do you buy mouthpieces if you are a school band director?
Replies: 14
Views: 758

Re: Is it worth it to refurbish mouthpieces? + How do you buy mouthpieces if you are a school band director?

A brand name mouthpiece with a messed-up rim is a good candidate for threading. I will accept donations of such mouthpieces and when I have time I can thread and replate them, to use with my rims. And I can straighten the end of the shank if it's not round. It costs me time and money to do that and ...
by Doug Elliott
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: A very unusual trumpet embouchure
Replies: 18
Views: 602

Re: A very unusual trumpet embouchure

I think it's only on the outside that it looks like low placement. I've seen that before but maybe not as much - Inside the mouthpiece I'd bet his top lip reaches down to a position closer to a standard IIIA placement. On this one with a better front view his placement is distinctly higher. And his ...
by Doug Elliott
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Hudson Valley quick trip this weekend
Replies: 6
Views: 542

Re: Hudson Valley quick trip this weekend

I go there every year at this time for an event that's not trombone related, and a couple of times I have given lessons in the area. In this case I drove home last night. Sometimes I post my travels like this, just in case. At the end of this month I will be driving to Rhode Island for a gig on the ...
by Doug Elliott
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue stopping
Replies: 34
Views: 1159

Re: Tongue stopping

The glottis is not necessarily the starting and ending of notes with no tongue, and I think it shouldn't be used that way at all. It is entirely possible, and I think preferred, the keep the air passage entirely open and control the air from below at it's source rather than turning it on and off lik...
by Doug Elliott
Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece Comparison Charts
Replies: 27
Views: 1034

Re: Mouthpiece Comparison Charts

The .020 discrepancy that 's so prevalent in those charts pretty much puts some mouthpieces in a different ballpark. Many players are sensitive to a .005 difference.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece Comparison Charts
Replies: 27
Views: 1034

Re: Mouthpiece Comparison Charts

Comparisons can't be valid when many of the rim size listings are as much as .020" wrong. I have no idea where some of the manufacturers came up with their numbers. And then they get repeated endlessly on charts like these.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Hudson Valley quick trip this weekend
Replies: 6
Views: 542

Hudson Valley quick trip this weekend

... Anybody want a lesson Sunday morning?

If I go, I'll be in Middletown tomorrow (Saturday 9/1) and I have to drive home on Sunday.
by Doug Elliott
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What’s your super secret Eb Alto Trigger Technique
Replies: 15
Views: 632

Re: What’s your super secret Eb Alto Trigger Technique

You're making me want an alto with a Bb attachment, Harrison... those are all excellent reasons to have it. Those low E's and A's in 7th are dangerously close to coming off the slide - actually my horn doesn't really even have a useable 7th at all. But I have too many instruments already and lately ...
by Doug Elliott
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Re-corking a Harmon mute
Replies: 6
Views: 217

Re: Re-corking a Harmon mute

I think you will need to custom-fit a length of cork to the mute's taper. A different mute is unlikely to be the same taper or size.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue stopping
Replies: 34
Views: 1159

Re: Tongue stopping

-4, or whatever beat, does not mean a tongue stop. It only means to hold the note and stop it beat 4. Not a tongue stop, just a stop.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Williams Experts...help!
Replies: 10
Views: 910

Re: Williams Experts...help!

I think you're right about the shiny ones losing their plating. Maybe they just had less plating to start with. Noxon told me Earl used multiple layers of chrome to build up the matte finish, and Jay used nickel. But there are several different types on nickel plating.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue stopping
Replies: 34
Views: 1159

Re: Tongue stopping

"Ha" vs "Hot"

A short "ha" is much more pleasant to hear than chopping the end with a T.

If you want the effect of an abrupt stop, try adding a breath accent at the end, but don't stop it with the tongue.

Knowing how to end a note cleanly is ,just as important as starting it cleanly.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue stopping
Replies: 34
Views: 1159

Re: Tongue stopping

I think I answered those things, and Gabe elaborated superbly - things that I have said before - practice lots of different ways so you are prepared for anything, and make everything a musical choice instead of a default way you always play.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue stopping
Replies: 34
Views: 1159

Re: Tongue stopping

I was taught to never use a tongue stop, by multiple teachers. I like the sound and feel of what I do, and I think I can approximate the same effect in a much more musical way.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Wireless microphone AMT Q7-P808
Replies: 2
Views: 282

Re: Wireless microphone AMT Q7-P808

I have one that I bought from a forum member. I could not get it to work. I need to find somebody who knows more about it than I do.
by Doug Elliott
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Remington Mouthpiece Help
Replies: 6
Views: 312

Re: Remington Mouthpiece Help

This is exactly why I make mouthpieces. It's not an inexpensive solution, but it's the best way to deal with the issue.
dougelliottmouthpieces.com Look at the LT series of tenor mouthpieces.
by Doug Elliott
Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Doug Elliot mouthpiece
Replies: 13
Views: 930

Re: Doug Elliott mouthpiece

I tried Teflon tape but decided it was a waste of time. And yes, lubrication pretty much just allows it to go together tighter. Anyway, the threads are not really the source of friction that causes it to stick. It's the contact between the top of the cup and bottom of the rim. There's far more conce...
by Doug Elliott
Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue stopping
Replies: 34
Views: 1159

Re: Tongue stopping

I don't think I ever use the tongue or glottis to stop a note unless it's part of starting the next note as a series of staccato notes, or I specifically need a special effect. I just stop the air, which feels like using a tiny inhale as an immediate reversal to have the same effect. It has always w...
by Doug Elliott
Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Doug Elliot mouthpiece
Replies: 13
Views: 930

Re: Doug Elliot mouthpiece

Thanks Heinz!
by Doug Elliott
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: “Taming” a nickel slide
Replies: 9
Views: 327

Re: “Taming” a nickel slide

Inner slides are almost always nickel silver for two reasons: nickel silver tends to stay straighter than brass, and it's less affected by corrosion on the inside.
by Doug Elliott
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Williams Experts...help!
Replies: 10
Views: 910

Re: Williams Experts...help!

I know Jay, who made them... I can just ask him if I think of it.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Best Double Trombone cases
Replies: 8
Views: 458

Re: Best Double Trombone cases

The current one is a solid case, not soft. I think they used to make a soft one which I had considered myself but never got one. I don't consider it safe to put any case through baggage. I have only done that with a gig bag inside a golf case. And with TSA opening stuff, gate checking is as safe as ...
by Doug Elliott
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Screw Rim vs Solid state
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: Screw Rim vs Solid state

Also, you're all talking about comparing two different mouthpieces and attributing any perceived differences to the fact that it's a screw rim. A threaded 51 with one of my rims on it is not the same as a 51. Which rim? What series? The shape is not the same and that affects everything about the way...
by Doug Elliott
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Screw Rim vs Solid state
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: Screw Rim vs Solid state

Cutting threads on a rim and cup loses some metal, so if you or your horn are sensitive to mass differences, yes, there's a difference.
by Doug Elliott
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Giardinelli Rim comparison.
Replies: 12
Views: 429

Re: Giardinelli Rim comparison.

The 4C didn't exist in the 70's when Giardinelli was a pretty major mouthpiece maker in NY, I think into the mid-1980's or so. I don't know when it happened, but Giardinelli closed their retail location which is also where they made mouthpieces, and the name continued as an online store with mouthpi...
by Doug Elliott
Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Anyone have lip surgery before and be able to play since?
Replies: 9
Views: 477

Re: Anyone have lip surgery before and be able to play since?

I suggest finding a good plastic surgeon, since they know how to do it without scars.
by Doug Elliott
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue position
Replies: 10
Views: 688

Re: Tongue position

Several separate considerations: Where you articulate Where the tip is when you're holding a note Whether either one changes depending on range The shape if the rest of your tongue, and how it changes depending on range Some of these you can feel and control voluntarily, others are better thought of...

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