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by GabrielRice
Mon Aug 31, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Suggested exercises to build upper register for a bass trombonist?
Replies: 17
Views: 6160

Re: Suggested exercises to build upper register for a bass trombonist?

I find the Greg Black 1G to be quite difficult in the high register.
by GabrielRice
Sat Aug 29, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Suggested exercises to build upper register for a bass trombonist?
Replies: 17
Views: 6160

Re: Suggested exercises to build upper register for a bass trombonist?

Everything above. I would highly recommend an online lesson with Doug, as well as a more efficient mouthpiece. That doesn't necessarily mean smaller in ways you would notice right away - though there's a good chance it does. I can go into more detail on that if you like. And then I'll add a thought:...
by GabrielRice
Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Instruments & Parts
Topic: WTB: Shires Custom Alessi Valve
Replies: 3
Views: 550

Re: WTB: Shires Custom Alessi Valve

The Shires Alessi model is modular and compatible with the Shires custom system.
by GabrielRice
Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Want Shires Trombone Advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1679

Re: Want Shires Trombone Advice

You say you put this together this summer. It's still this summer; you haven't had it for that long. Give yourself more time to acclimate. You will definitely need to get used to the fact that the Shires T47 slide is significantly more efficient than any 47-62 dual bore. You don't need to blow so mu...
by GabrielRice
Sun Aug 16, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Penderecki Capriccio for Tuba on a Bass Trombone
Replies: 8
Views: 7737

Re: Penderecki Capriccio for Tuba on a Bass Trombone

My former student Ryan Bisson won that ATW competition with that piece. He had the response in the extreme low range to do it convincingly (I don't), and we worked on being very freely interpretive with the notated rhythms and tempi in order to make phrases that told a story. It was also the require...
by GabrielRice
Sat Aug 15, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Shires Trombones Today ?
Replies: 18
Views: 11535

Re: Shires Trombones Today ?

Well, I'm considering custom ordering a Shires. I hope it still will be possible to do that when the pandemic has petered out..... I'm thinking a sterling silver bell, .500 bore, nickel silver outer slide..... I haven't thought through all available options for taper, beads et.c. yet, but I've got ...
by GabrielRice
Sat Aug 08, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Lessons via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime.
Replies: 8
Views: 3244

Re: Lessons via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime.

Zoom, but you need to have very fast, very stable internet on both sides. The best way is to plug in via an ethernet cable. If you can't do that, get as close to the wifi router as you possibly can. And then you need to adjust the audio and advanced audio settings so that it doesn't interpret sustai...
by GabrielRice
Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: What’s your favorite tuning slide grease?
Replies: 35
Views: 18691

Re: What’s your favorite tuning slide grease?

Hetman Slide Gel Plus, for the same reason as Aiden. It's important, because you want your tuning slide grease to be able to be dissolved by your valve oil. That's right, you do. Please don't use Vaseline or that Dow-Corning stuff. The Dow-Corning doesn't dissolve, it just moves around. I used it fo...
by GabrielRice
Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Laskey 63D and other odd size Laskey pieces
Replies: 5
Views: 3155

Re: Laskey 63D and other odd size Laskey pieces

Perfect! Just what I needed to know Gabe. I have a friend who has the opportunity to purchase a 63D! I saw it with my own eyes. I'll take a picture of it if I get a chance. Looked like a 3Gish thing so glad for you to confirm my guess is correct. You know the one 90D prototype I played and owned wa...
by GabrielRice
Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Laskey 63D and other odd size Laskey pieces
Replies: 5
Views: 3155

Re: Laskey 63D and other odd size Laskey pieces

Laskey's numbering system is logical. Put a decimal place in between the two numbers and a 2 in front of them. That's the size of the inner diamater of the rim in mm. The cups of the large tenor and bass pieces are MD for medium-deep and D for deep. So the 85MD bass piece is 28.5mm rim size - basica...
by GabrielRice
Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: History of the Trombone
Topic: Helen Jones Woods RIP
Replies: 4
Views: 7510

Helen Jones Woods RIP

https://nyti.ms/2DjRoSC

Some trombone history I had no idea about.
by GabrielRice
Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Classic Bach Trombone Comparisons
Replies: 29
Views: 3876

Re: Classic Bach Trombone Comparisons

That's really interesting, particularly considering that in the late 80s and early-mid 90s many players - at least young players who were trying to make HUGE sounds - considered Bach bells too light for serious orchestral use. Lots of people were using their Bach slides on bell sections built with T...
by GabrielRice
Wed Jul 29, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Laskey with different font
Replies: 9
Views: 3350

Re: Laskey with different font

I think I owned about 2 dozen 93Ds over about 10 years. They were all different - or at least I was never able to find two I liked best that were the same. The Italicized font appeared later in my collection; the one in the picture was what I saw first. My first favorite had the font pictured; the o...
by GabrielRice
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bass trombones with resistance
Replies: 5
Views: 1163

Re: Bass trombones with resistance

A bass trombone is a bass trombone, but stick with a single bore slide and rotary valves. An old-school Bach 50B2 or 3 with closed wrap has some nice resistance, actually. The Yamaha 613H (no longer in production) is a nice horn that doesn't feel big but can make a big sound. I would be more concern...
by GabrielRice
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Bad news from the symphonic scene
Replies: 39
Views: 18261

Re: Bad news from the symphonic scene

If you can afford to, please support relief efforts for freelance musicians and others in the performing arts. Many of us are in a very difficult place; our mix of W2 and self-employment income makes our unemployment benefits small and tenuous. In some states the unemployment benefit caps out at a r...
by GabrielRice
Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: (Classifieds) Mouthpieces
Topic: FS-Greg Black 1G * .312 #2 for Elliott XB(Reduced)
Replies: 4
Views: 852

Re: FS-Greg Black 1G * .312 #2 for Elliott XB Threads

Nope nope nope nope nope.

Not gonna buy it.

(I want to buy it.)

(But I can't. I'm sure it will find a great home.)
by GabrielRice
Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Use of plug-in valve
Replies: 30
Views: 4293

Re: Use of plug-in valve

Let's not make this a pissing contest. Try playing Fountains or the Spear Motive. And most of the times I've played Petroushka my batting average on the muted lick up to high C and back down is better than the tenor players to my right.
by GabrielRice
Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Use of plug-in valve
Replies: 30
Views: 4293

Re: Use of plug-in valve

Sorry to say, it seems like the problem is your attitude about it more than the equipment. Bass trombone is hard. In many ways harder than tenor, so please do your best to disabuse yourself of the notion that it's for tenor players who couldn't hack it. That's just not true. I looked at your equipme...
by GabrielRice
Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: F-attachment water key?
Replies: 11
Views: 1965

Re: F-attachment water key?

I had an Amado water key put on a Thayer valve section a long time ago. It got on my shirt.
by GabrielRice
Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Books on embouchure
Replies: 4
Views: 1180

Re: Books on embouchure

Doug, there's literally no time like the present.
by GabrielRice
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Relative Shires equivalents of stock Bach 42 Bells.
Replies: 9
Views: 1872

Re: Relative Shires equivalents of stock Bach 42 Bells.

The Chicago bell is great. I don't play tenor often, but I feel immediately comfortable when I pick it up, like I have exactly the right combination of security and freedom.
by GabrielRice
Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: How to change username?
Replies: 1
Views: 5931

How to change username?

How can I change my username?
by GabrielRice
Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Relative Shires equivalents of stock Bach 42 Bells.
Replies: 9
Views: 1872

Re: Relative Shires equivalents of stock Bach 42 Bells.

https://www.seshires.com/trombonebells First, you want the TII flare shape, which is a copy of a 42 bell. Shires now makes one-piece trombone bells, so to get closest to Bach, that's where you would start. They start with the number 5. They were developed just before I stopped working there, and the...
by GabrielRice
Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Use of plug-in valve
Replies: 30
Views: 4293

Re: Use of plug-in valve

Having one valve or two makes for very different response and feedback to the player, wherever the second valve is. I haven't gone the route of a plug-in valve, but I do have a single Shires rotary valve. If I swap that out for the double TruBores I usually play, the whole instrument balances differ...
by GabrielRice
Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What’s the thought behind vocabells?
Replies: 21
Views: 3081

Re: What’s the thought behind vocabells?

Having worked closely with one of the best trombone designers ever, I can tell you with 100% certainty the thought started with "I wonder what would happen if..."
by GabrielRice
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: A musical approach to valve coordination
Replies: 7
Views: 1392

Re: A musical approach to valve coordination

Honestly, I'm not sure what you mean. Valve technique, just like slide technique, is about timing. The timing is either good or it isn't. Now, what valve/slide combination you choose can have a lot of impact on the shape of the phrase, and I always try to make the best choice for the shape of the ph...
by GabrielRice
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:01 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Do Leadpipes Fundamentally Kill Response?
Replies: 78
Views: 9723

Re: Do Leadpipes Fundamentally Kill Response?

Steve tried training somebody else to spin bells many times over the years before he one who could do it to his satisfaction. That guy's name is Rodrigo, and he took over that job completely in the couple of years before Steve left the company. It is hard work, but it also requires touch, especially...
by GabrielRice
Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Bolero noisy and sluggish slide
Replies: 5
Views: 6242

Re: Bolero noisy and sluggish slide

Take it or send it to a really good technician for a professional cleaning and polish. DO NOT let them give it an acid bath or other chemical clean. What it needs is manual polishing to remove corrosion from the inner surfaces of the outer tubes. They should also check all four tubes for straightnes...
by GabrielRice
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: "Frankenstein-ing" a Trombone
Replies: 21
Views: 2949

Re: "Frankenstein-ing" a Trombone

Shires makes 8" bells for both medium/large and small bore trombones.
by GabrielRice
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: "Frankenstein-ing" a Trombone
Replies: 21
Views: 2949

Re: "Frankenstein-ing" a Trombone

elmsandr wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:59 am
Wait, wait... You own a Shires Large bore? Just get a .525 slide and move on.
Yup. Everything is interchangeable between large and medium bore Shires.
by GabrielRice
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: "Frankenstein-ing" a Trombone
Replies: 21
Views: 2949

Re: "Frankenstein-ing" a Trombone

First of all, I doubt you're going to be able to find a used Shires or Edwards medium bore with a valve and a straight gooseneck for $2000. -With either Shires or Edwards, is there just one standard conventional rotor valve size that suits both large and medium bore horns? Yes. That's also true of B...
by GabrielRice
Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Articulation
Replies: 32
Views: 7511

Re: Articulation

No worries as far as I'm concerned...I like when conversations go wherever they need to.
by GabrielRice
Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: News & Announcements
Topic: New England Musicians' Relief Fund
Replies: 0
Views: 5474

New England Musicians' Relief Fund

Announcing New England Musicians' Relief Fund. A group of musicians, arts administrators, and arts patrons has formed to raise money to help professional musicians in need. Our first campaign is for the immediate needs of musicians while our livelihood is decimated by the pandemic, and we have partn...
by GabrielRice
Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Articulation
Replies: 32
Views: 7511

Re: Articulation

And the only reason I brought up loud dynamic no-speaks was in reference to the idea of BLOWING as paramount. I don't believe that problem I worked through is the same at all as the hesitation problem.
by GabrielRice
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Conn 70H - Removable Leadpipe
Replies: 5
Views: 1299

Re: Conn 70H - Removable Leadpipe

Kanstul used to make a 70H copy. Or maybe one of the George Roberts leadpipes was a 70H copy. Looks like it here: https://www.hornguys.com/products/kanstul-vintage-replica-trombone-mouthpipe-1?_pos=4&_sid=f0b8034bc&_ss=r BrassArk makes a replica of the Olds George Roberts pipe, which they say is sim...
by GabrielRice
Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Articulation
Replies: 32
Views: 7511

Re: Articulation

I'm not quite sure how to answer your question, but I'll try. When I was in college I had some trouble with soft response, as many young players do. In graduate school I basically solved that by making my embouchure more efficient (though by no means as efficient as I needed), but a few years later ...
by GabrielRice
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Articulation
Replies: 32
Views: 7511

Re: Articulation

I would agree that physical issues are what lead a good portion of players into this problem. I have no way of proving it, but from my own experience and from colleagues I have seen suffer from this, I came to the conclusion that too much focus on the inhalation part and not enough focus on the BLO...
by GabrielRice
Fri Jul 10, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Sauer and Alessi
Replies: 60
Views: 17270

Re: Sauer and Alessi

I seem to remember Ralph posting a picture from a rehearsal for that on facebook. He was wearing some epic pants.
by GabrielRice
Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Sauer and Alessi
Replies: 60
Views: 17270

Re: Sauer and Alessi

Actually, listening again, I can't guess.
by GabrielRice
Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Sauer and Alessi
Replies: 60
Views: 17270

Re: Sauer and Alessi

[media]https://www.dropbox.com/s/h396m3outof633p/Albinoni%20for%20Bones.mp3?dl=0[/media] Somebody sent me this, a live recording of Joe, Ralph, Brian Wendel, and Ethan Scholl on bass, playing Ralph's arrangement of the Albinoni/Giazotto Adagio. No indication of who played which part, and I couldn't ...
by GabrielRice
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone
Replies: 333
Views: 68095

Re: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone

Could I suggest that we form an academic research committee for the next ITA and have a nice roundtable with qualified academics, and performing artists? Kinda like what ITA had with the Awards Committee. Look for Abby's post online. Could I suggest the editors of the Fillmore marches, like de Meij...
by GabrielRice
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone
Replies: 333
Views: 68095

Re: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone

Here, let me try again. I think it can really be this simple.
GabeLangfur wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:33 pm
A Haiku to Hopefully End this Discussion:

That song is racist?
I did not know! Now I do.
I'll play something else.
by GabrielRice
Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone
Replies: 333
Views: 68095

Re: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone

My haiku didn't work.

Sigh.
by GabrielRice
Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone
Replies: 333
Views: 68095

Re: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone

A Haiku to Hopefully End this Discussion:

That song is racist?
I did not know! Now I do.
I'll play something else.
by GabrielRice
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What kind of black magic is this horn?
Replies: 20
Views: 2726

Re: What kind of black magic is this horn?

Huh? I don't see anywhere near enough tubing that can be pulled to get that valve section down to E. Now I'm looking at the website, where you can see the stop. There might be just enough tubing there to get the flat F for a really good low C at the end of the slide, but you need MUCH more than that...
by GabrielRice
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone
Replies: 333
Views: 68095

Re: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone

The fact that you didn't know there was problem until now doesn't mean there wasn't. I will admit I was not aware of the significance of Juneteenth until very recently. I was aware of the Tulsa Massacre before that, but not by much - maybe a couple of years. Great swaths of history get ignored until...
by GabrielRice
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Older bach mouthpieces vs new ones
Replies: 10
Views: 2918

Re: Older bach mouthpieces vs new ones

The quick answer to any question about comparing Bach mouthpieces is: they're different.

Got two you bought on the same day? They're different.

And it's not just Bach. I have never found two mouthpieces of the same model from any manufacturer that were identical.
by GabrielRice
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What kind of black magic is this horn?
Replies: 20
Views: 2726

Re: What kind of black magic is this horn?

It's not just the valve, it's where the valve is. I'll bet that plays great.
by GabrielRice
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Articulation
Replies: 32
Views: 7511

Re: Articulation

Absolutely, Tom. I can also hold my air and be ready for a cue with no prep. It happens often in the ballet pit. But I tell my students that I can do that because I've spent years cultivating the good habit of simple in and out. SET, BREATHE, PLAY. One of the things I do in my teaching is make my st...
by GabrielRice
Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone
Replies: 333
Views: 68095

Re: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone

Funny how I never get a response to that challenge.

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