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by GabrielRice
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue stopping
Replies: 34
Views: 7729

Re: Tongue stopping

Try having the student exaggerate the tongue stop with a crescendo to it - kind of a huuUUUTTT. Find ways to get the student aware of what's happening and what it sounds like. Then explore the options with the student. For notes shapes, I sometimes draw pictures to stimulate the imagination of all t...
by GabrielRice
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: trimming Main tuning slide
Replies: 18
Views: 3646

Re: trimming Main tuning slide

I've had the tuning slide trimmed of every Bach instrument I've owned. If there are any downsides, they are far outweighed by being able to play in the center of the pitch.
by GabrielRice
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Double trigger C and b natural
Replies: 26
Views: 6325

Re: Double trigger C and b natural

How old are you? Do you have a teacher? Is the teacher a bass trombone player? Where do you live?

If you're anywhere near Boston, I can help you. If not, I can probably recommend somebody who can.
by GabrielRice
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue stopping
Replies: 34
Views: 7729

Re: Tongue stopping

Here's a take from an experienced player and (I think) pretty good teacher (yours truly): There are several things that brass players are typically taught not to do that are probably bad habits to be in, but that have their places in certain settings. Tongue stopping is one of them; holding air in y...
by GabrielRice
Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Yamaha V valve
Replies: 12
Views: 3567

Re: Yamaha V valve

Shires is still working on the twin valve. I'm pretty sure it will go into production.
by GabrielRice
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: “Taming” a nickel slide
Replies: 23
Views: 5900

Re: “Taming” a nickel slide

I play a Shires set-up similar to what you describe when I play tenor: B62NLW slide and Chicago model bell (lightweight gold brass one-piece). I find I do like a smaller leadpipe than I play on bass (Shires 1.5 or Brass Ark MV50), and I also like the way a gold brass or copper pipe works in this sli...
by GabrielRice
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: More tuba questions
Replies: 5
Views: 2313

Re: More tuba questions

The only direct experience I have with the Chinese-made tubas is a Mack Brass Mirafone 186 copy a student of mine had. The valve block soldering failed and needed an emergency repair. It was not a great horn. Especially for Bb tubas, you can find great deals on older quality instruments. A Conn 4J o...
by GabrielRice
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Screw Rim vs Solid state
Replies: 7
Views: 2630

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 wa...
by GabrielRice
Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Shires 1D vs. Griego 0.5
Replies: 1
Views: 1373

Re: Shires 1D vs. Griego 0.5

It's been a long time since I've played either, but the Shires 1XD is a closer comparison.
by GabrielRice
Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Is Gabe Langfur on this site? Trombone Chat
Replies: 9
Views: 3314

Re: Is Gabe Langfur on this site? Trombone Chat

Haha...I'll let him know people are asking
by GabrielRice
Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Mt Vernon Bach trombones
Replies: 28
Views: 6623

Re: Mt Vernon Bach trombones

I can not find the order form for the leadpipe I bought on Internet anymore. It is possible I have ben mistaken too, I might have ordered that one from the HornGuys and not the BrassArk since I have made several orders for lead pipes from both. In that case it is probably a Shires pipe I bought. I ...
by GabrielRice
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Mt Vernon Bach trombones
Replies: 28
Views: 6623

Re: Mt Vernon Bach trombones

John Pettinato - but he was known as Peppy. He had a shop in NYC for many years - I don't believe he ever moved when Bach left Mt. Vernon. I knew he did mouthpiece modifications, but I didn't know he was the bell maker. I believe they also changed some of the bell-making methods when they moved to ...
by GabrielRice
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Mt Vernon Bach trombones
Replies: 28
Views: 6623

Re: Mt Vernon Bach trombones

I don't know the details of the history, but as far as I can tell, the Bach factory had a particularly great bell maker in the Mt. Vernon factory. I don't know who that was or what years he worked there exactly. Steve Dillon tells me that the assembly was more consistently excellent in the early Elk...
by GabrielRice
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: WTB/T: Doug Elliott XB parts
Replies: 0
Views: 648

WTB/T: Doug Elliott XB parts

Hi all, I'd love to get my hands on a Doug Elliott XB M cup (preferably the lighter weight) and M8 shank. I would also take an XB 114 rim in silver or gold plate. I have some good mouthpieces to trade, including at least one Greg Black 1G .312 #2 Email is better than PM for me: gabelangfur at gmail ...
by GabrielRice
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 9125

Re: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?

Actually, I'll add one more thing, from a class I attended this week on Body Mapping: Line up the top of your spine (the middle of your head, in between your ears) with your sit bones. Your spine curves; let it do its thing. If you find yourself doing something else (I am working on getting rid of a...
by GabrielRice
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?
Replies: 47
Views: 9125

Re: How do you teach/describe your “breathing concept”?

Breathe in, blow out. That's about it. More might be said in a lesson, but really, how much smoke and mirrors do we need ? Chris Yes. I would only add 2 things. The first should be self-evident but very often isn't: rhythm. Learn to breathe in and blow out in rhythm, without any fuss between them. ...
by GabrielRice
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue level, vowel sounds, thoughts
Replies: 24
Views: 5467

Re: Tongue level, vowel sounds, thoughts

You can pick apart the physics of what he presents, but Eli is one of the great horn players and teachers in the world, and his method WORKS. Look...string players, pianists, percussionists can see everything relevant to their tone production. We can't see what we are doing, so we have to deal in me...
by GabrielRice
Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Thoughts on two basses
Replies: 13
Views: 4187

Re: Thoughts on two basses

The Courtois basses I've seen have tended to have heavy bells, but I don't know that model. Yamaha tends to make their student and intermediate models a bit beefier than some of their Custom and Xeno series, I assume so that they hold up a bit better to school abuse. But again, I don't know for sure...
by GabrielRice
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue level, vowel sounds, thoughts
Replies: 24
Views: 5467

Re: Tongue level, vowel sounds, thoughts

Here's a very practical way to practice it. The video is a little long, but it's worth the time.

by GabrielRice
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tongue level, vowel sounds, thoughts
Replies: 24
Views: 5467

Re: Tongue level, vowel sounds, thoughts

I can feel the tongue level.
by GabrielRice
Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: Brass shops new england ?
Replies: 9
Views: 2638

Re: Brass shops new england ?

Rayburn's in Boston is closed. The shop next to its old location is called Virtuosity, and they are excellent. http://www.virtuosityboston.com/
by GabrielRice
Mon May 28, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Schilke-Dixon Mouthpiece: info please
Replies: 6
Views: 2250

Re: Schilke-Dixon Mouthpiece: info please

Joe Dixon is still an educator in Texas. He's currently living in San Antonio.
by GabrielRice
Mon May 28, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Any quartets out there for Bass Trombones?
Replies: 3
Views: 2635

Re: Any quartets out there for Bass Trombones?

Randy Malmstrom in Portland, Oregon has written several arrangements for bass trombone quartet. Some have been published (I think by Cherry Classics), but he makes most of them available for free.

This is one of his: http://www.dwerden.com/music-videos/tro ... m?vid=1882
by GabrielRice
Tue May 22, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: flying with a bass trombone/Cases
Replies: 12
Views: 4221

Re: flying with a bass trombone/Cases

Bonna, period. The Eastman is too big, and it actually will not do better gate checked, because there's too much room and possibility for the parts to move around within the case. The velcro straps in the Bonna case can prevent the bell and slide section from moving around and possibly bouncing agai...
by GabrielRice
Tue May 01, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Do you legato tongue every legato note?
Replies: 21
Views: 5809

Re: Do you legato tongue every legato note?

Most composers have no idea how we do what we do. The notation they use is not instructions for technique, but their best attempt to represent the sound they want.

I generally use natural slurs whenever possible, but like Doug, I use whatever technique gets me the sound I hear for what I am playing.
by GabrielRice
Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What Trombone is Gunhild Carling Playing?
Replies: 4
Views: 1975

Re: What Trombone is Gunhild Carling Playing?

My guess would be a Yamaha. They did a Black Phoenix series a few years ago.
by GabrielRice
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What is rose brass?
Replies: 38
Views: 7158

Re: What is rose brass?

But the feel is essential. The feel of the instrument affects how we play. You can't separate it from the sound entirely.
by GabrielRice
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Different take on a Hand Brace
Replies: 23
Views: 8594

Re: Different take on a Hand Brace

I developed some tendinitis in my left wrist, and I've found it's most important for me to keep the wrist straight. I like Sheridan's Get a Grip, but I can't find a way to keep my wrist straight with it. I like the Rath support, but I don't like the way it affects the response of my instrument. What...
by GabrielRice
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Kinhaven Music School
Replies: 1
Views: 1099

Kinhaven Music School

We have an opening for bass trombone at the Kinhaven Music School Senior Session this summer. This is a fantastic 6-week program for high school students in idyllic southern Vermont, with equal parts orchestra and chamber music. The level is high, the conductors are world-class, and I feel incredibl...

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