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by timothy42b
Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Snake oil instead of good teaching?
Replies: 86
Views: 18438

Re: Snake oil instead of good teaching?

I've known a number of excellent players who weren't good teachers. I've also known great players who were excellent teachers for advanced players but were awful with beginners. I think sometimes it's not so much that the teacher is bad, but that there is a mismatch between the learning style and t...
by timothy42b
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Snake oil instead of good teaching?
Replies: 86
Views: 18438

Re: Snake oil instead of good teaching?

I may have seen that comment. I may even have said something, not sure. Sometimes I comment, sometimes I refrain from futility. 20 to 1 equipment over embouchure is bad, but if it's the same FB I'm thinking about there are also a number of people who believe more air solves everything, and everybody...
by timothy42b
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Trombone materials
Replies: 5
Views: 803

Re: Trombone materials

There is no prediction you can make about how a given trombone will play based on the material.

You just have to try them. Sorry, but there are way too many exceptions to any common wisdom about what any alloy does.
by timothy42b
Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Advice needed on inner wear
Replies: 35
Views: 7955

Re: Advice needed on inner wear

That looks like corrosion to me.
by timothy42b
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Measured Open Breathing For Wind Musicians
Replies: 3
Views: 2379

Re: Measured Open Breathing For Wind Musicians

Good observation. I don't think we can get better at speaking without video, but it's incredibly uncomfortable. Worse than playing. James Nestor in the book Breath says the healthiest breathing is through the nose at 5.5 seconds in and 5.5 seconds out. But he doesn't play bass trombone. And then the...
by timothy42b
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tuning Tips
Replies: 32
Views: 8123

Re: Tuning Tips

Does it matter whether you're reading music or not? I recently recorded a hymn for our virtual church services. I think I sounded pretty good, for me anyway, and it was a straight run through so I didn't go back and fix any inconsistent articulations. So there are some chips. I played the melody on ...
by timothy42b
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Farkas style trombone mouthpiece
Replies: 24
Views: 5544

Re: Farkas style trombone mouthpiece

And on that tiny little mouthpiece they play way down into the bass trombone range with power.
by timothy42b
Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Legality of Digital Reader use
Replies: 3
Views: 1514

Re: Legality of Digital Reader use

The rules are relaxed a bit for schools, which can have a loophole for educational use. Yes and that's why I asked on Facebook where some university teachers hangout. This is not educational use so that exemption is out. Schools did have a loophole that allowed performance as long as admission was ...
by timothy42b
Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Legality of Digital Reader use
Replies: 3
Views: 1514

Legality of Digital Reader use

I have a Kindle Fire 10 and am moving my practice music to it. I use Mobilesheets for the library program and the pieces are in PDF format. Works great. I wish I'd done it long ago. I also see ensemble performances where players have tablets on their stands instead of sheet music. I would like to go...
by timothy42b
Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Tuning Tips
Replies: 32
Views: 8123

Re: Tuning Tips

Something that I don't understand with the method of playing with tuning slide all the way in. What do you do when it's 85°F? I play with tuning slide all the way in. Most rehearsals and concerts are indoors and temperature doesn't change much. Once a year I usually do an outdoor concert in the sun...
by timothy42b
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: What is your protip for buying a trombone.
Replies: 30
Views: 3722

Re: What is your protip for buying a trombone.

I just read a humorous but sort of serious piece of advice on choosing a spouse that may apply to choosing a horn. This is from a book called Barking up the Wrong Tree. He has a blog too but I don't do blogs. It's mostly about successful people but there was a segment on how to find a spouse. I've b...
by timothy42b
Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: Home-recording Microphones
Replies: 21
Views: 10187

Re: Home-recording Microphones

At ATW some time back, might have been March (usually is) Christopher Bill was asked about his equipment. He described his journey upgrading equipment along the way to becoming famous on youtube. About microphones though he said something interesting. He said (hope I remember this right) that the tr...
by timothy42b
Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Woah
Replies: 19
Views: 9308

Re: Woah

AndrewMeronek wrote:
Sun Jul 19, 2020 7:22 am
That Seder track sounds a bit weird to me, as if there is too much low harmonics in the tone. I think there's other sound engineering going on.
You too?

I would like to be able to play like that but I don't want to sound like that, if that makes sense.
by timothy42b
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: (Classifieds) Everything Else
Topic: WTB: Reinhardt books
Replies: 3
Views: 4514

Re: WTB: Reinhardt books

Caveat: it's pretty hard to know if you're doing any of that correctly if you don't know your type and have had at least an introductory lesson or two with a Reinhardt teacher.
by timothy42b
Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: F-attachment water key?
Replies: 11
Views: 1961

Re: F-attachment water key?

I have an Amado on my straight tenor and it doesn't drain fast, even doing the regular maintenance.

I've heard good things about the Saturn but I haven't used one.
by timothy42b
Sun Jul 26, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How to find your ideal mouthpiece placement?
Replies: 9
Views: 2658

Re: How to find your ideal mouthpiece placement?

hesitate to suggest this but I guess I'll say it anyway, somebody can comment if it's dangerous. If I play loud and low, I'll sometimes slip off my correct high placement down a bit lower. That's a good sound but it can't be pulled back up, and it's not correct function so it leads to confusion. Ti...
by timothy42b
Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Where is your tongue?
Replies: 15
Views: 2987

Re: Where is your tongue?

Speaking of double tonging, practicing a VERY slow double and triple, and just a "G" articulation, can help to minimize the amount of tongue motion to get it smooth and efficient. Use D and G, not T and K, and try to make them closer together, not far apart, both in the physical placement and in so...
by timothy42b
Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How to find your ideal mouthpiece placement?
Replies: 9
Views: 2658

Re: How to find your ideal mouthpiece placement?

I think it's not just about placement up or down or sideways on the lips, it also has to do with the function - amount of pressure on top and bottom, amount of firmness and where that is. But the placement does have a lot to do with it. Just my opinion. When I first took a lesson with Doug, he moved...
by timothy42b
Wed Jul 22, 2020 6:05 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Interleaved Practice
Replies: 3
Views: 1514

Re: Interleaved Practice

It makes a lot of sense to me. If I play a note 20 times concentrating on a clean attack, 19 of those notes are out of context for how I'll encounter them, because they were preceded by another note. I took a lesson from a ball golf pro years ago prior to playing a celebrity event at work, and he wo...
by timothy42b
Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:05 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Hate alto clef on alto?
Replies: 6
Views: 6642

Re: Hate alto clef on alto?

I cannot believe I watched someone sing for 4:20 a piece I would find boring on trombone. But I wanted to find out the trick. So, if I understand correctly, what he does is rewrite alto clef into tenor clef, then play it on alto trombone using Bb tenor trombone positions. That would drive me nuts, i...
by timothy42b
Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: 70/30 or 50/50
Replies: 39
Views: 4824

Re: 70/30 or 50/50

Arnold Jacobs said that the ideal position would be 50/50 because it allowed the longest possible vibrating surface. He also said you should place where you get the best sound, which is what his followers remember. Some of them are a little touchy about it. But the weird thing is I found my copy of ...
by timothy42b
Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Air exiting bell
Replies: 59
Views: 16452

Re: Air exiting bell

Hm. I just phoned a former professor I used to do work with. The pressure falls when the pipe gets more conical. A gas that is flowing through the tube slows down in the conical part. Air that is blown in the mpc with some speed comes out of the bell with much slower speed. This is correct for this...
by timothy42b
Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Air exiting bell
Replies: 59
Views: 16452

Re: Air exiting bell

correct me if i'm wrong but when air condenses, doesn't the water become distilled? Bruce explained well but I'll add what convinced me. We know we get lime deposits, enough to jam a valve if we don't keep it clean. Distilled water doesn't contain lime, so it follows that a significant amount of sa...
by timothy42b
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Air exiting bell
Replies: 59
Views: 16452

Re: Air exiting bell

I put this in another similar topic but it really belongs here: https://www.nfhs.org/media/4029952/preliminary-testing-report-7-13-20.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2fku6BPB1uW4N6h4XwA6TSIMmvnZEnYXu1DBahmTJlrpinKzVU3G-cnC4 Off thread, but interesting - did you notice the changes in air direction in the alphabet te...
by timothy42b
Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Quarantine Recordings
Replies: 8
Views: 6586

Re: Quarantine Recordings

The church called and asked me to record a hymn on trombone since our services are all virtual. I'm not sure anyone there had actually heard me play, it's been a very long time. They asked for Where Cross the Crowded Ways, a bit slower than I would have taken it. The sound is one of those Samsung mi...
by timothy42b
Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Where to buy inexpensive alto?
Replies: 7
Views: 1231

Re: Where to buy inexpensive alto?

It could be that the deficiencies of the mini pBone go away if I didn't use the mouthpiece i use on my small tenor which is a 4. Still, I want a brass alto. Given the times and my age, I doubt i will have much future use for my 42B. I hope to still have places to play the small tenor but that isn't ...
by timothy42b
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Do Leadpipes Fundamentally Kill Response?
Replies: 78
Views: 9649

Re: Do Leadpipes Fundamentally Kill Response?

I'm not sure what this controversy is all about, but I see no reason to not label the narrow region a "venturi." The reason some of us don't like to label it that is because that narrow region has a mouthpiece shank in it, and the mouthpiece bore is widening in that area. If that section is empty o...
by timothy42b
Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Where to buy inexpensive alto?
Replies: 7
Views: 1231

Re: Where to buy inexpensive alto?

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by timothy42b
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Where to buy inexpensive alto?
Replies: 7
Views: 1231

Where to buy inexpensive alto?

I have a small bonus on this years appraisal and would like to buy the alto. I've been doing most of my practice with the mini pBone, which is limited. I'll never have a use for a quality alto so I'm reluctant to look at the pro models. Who sells the Chinese ones and is reliable? I'm not an ebayer.
by timothy42b
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Do Leadpipes Fundamentally Kill Response?
Replies: 78
Views: 9649

Re: Do Leadpipes Fundamentally Kill Response?

Yeah, we're hung up on the word "venturi" and can't get past it. (I warned you.) If mouthpieces were more standardized, I think the ideal shape would be a step in the leadpipe. The shape of the leadpipe would be a contracting cone to match the taper of the mouthpiece shank, but that would end with a...
by timothy42b
Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:40 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Air exiting bell
Replies: 59
Views: 16452

Re: Air exiting bell

And perhaps also higher than from a singer's mouth, since a singer does not typically have to create such a large airflow. Please take care when playing with others, especially indoors! Singing is possibly the most dangerous, actually. I did a short recording in an empty church. (I'll share if you ...
by timothy42b
Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:09 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Okay customizers, what would you do with this?
Replies: 27
Views: 4721

Re: Okay customizers, what would you do with this?

Amconk wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:45 pm
I’m not gonna lie: it’s awkward.
This computer doesn't get youtube, I'll watch later.

But your photo gave me carpal tunnel just looking at it. thanks much!
by timothy42b
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Do Leadpipes Fundamentally Kill Response?
Replies: 78
Views: 9649

Re: Do Leadpipes Fundamentally Kill Response?

So, as long as we are thinking rather than doing or measuring, some thought questions: Aside from wall thickness at the end of the shank, the nominal opening size is roughly identical on all moutpieces of the same shank size, correct? I can't measure, I've never changed a leadpipe. If something doe...
by timothy42b
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:43 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Do Leadpipes Fundamentally Kill Response?
Replies: 78
Views: 9649

Re: Do Leadpipes Fundamentally Kill Response?

The inner bore of a mouthpiece expands like a cone. If there is a section of the leadpipe that is smaller past the point where the mouthpiece ends, I suspect it would intersect the size of the cone if you extended the mouthpiece cone. In effect, I think there is a gradual expansion of the bore more ...
by timothy42b
Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Gold leadpipe
Replies: 16
Views: 2004

Re: Gold leadpipe

The density of gold is roughly twice that of brass, so a leadpipe of gold would double the mass of the leadpipe. I am not of the opinion that the materials themselves make a difference, but the added mass could. If so, it would probably be equally effective outside the slide, but that's a little tri...
by timothy42b
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Do Leadpipes Fundamentally Kill Response?
Replies: 78
Views: 9649

Re: Do Leadpipes Fundamentally Kill Response?

the idea of "shaping the airstream" is a complete cul-de-sac in terms of understanding the actual role of the leadpipe (or ANY construction element of a brass instrument). Agreed. The air need not move at all. What is shaped is where the sound wave travels. Still probably want a smooth transition, ...
by timothy42b
Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Do Leadpipes Fundamentally Kill Response?
Replies: 78
Views: 9649

Re: Do Leadpipes Fundamentally Kill Response?

The original poster wanted to know if a more massive leadpipe machined from a solid billet of brass would affect the performance of the horn. Yes. Anywhere you add mass to the horn it has an effect. Positive or negative? Don't know. It's all empirical. Given the impracticality of machining a solid ...
by timothy42b
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Do Leadpipes Fundamentally Kill Response?
Replies: 78
Views: 9649

Re: Do Leadpipes Fundamentally Kill Response?

What's to believe? It's pretty obvious to me. But I guess I tend to think about those things more than most. ). The smallest point of the leadpipe is about 1/2" past the end of the mouthpiece on most horns. The min diameter of a LOT of leadpipes is smaller than the exit diameter of most moutpieces....
by timothy42b
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Do Leadpipes Fundamentally Kill Response?
Replies: 78
Views: 9649

Re: Do Leadpipes Fundamentally Kill Response?

Bonearzt wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:40 pm

IMHO the lead pipe/venturi/whateveryouwanttocallit is basically a continuation of the transition from the throat of the mouthpiece to the bore of the inner upper slide tube.
Eric
That is what I believe.

I have been careless enough to say so online and have taken some abuse for it.
by timothy42b
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Covid recovery for wind players
Replies: 10
Views: 7031

Re: Covid recovery for wind players

I listened to a scarey podcast yesterday while doing my indoor bike workout (gym access being a problem and my ankle has deteriorated and won't let me run any more). It talked about patients where the virus escapes the lungs into the bloodstream. COVID toe is the least of their worries (though very ...
by timothy42b
Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Fast Lip Slurs
Replies: 10
Views: 1874

Re: Fast Lip Slurs

I've heard Brad Edwards and Doug Elliott do them live and in person from a few feet away. What I think I hear is that they avoid popping the note change with air, they're careful to do them smoothly almost like a lip bender or gliss.
by timothy42b
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Woah
Replies: 19
Views: 9308

Re: Woah

Any time i try and record myself i sound 10x worse, maybe its just me but i like to think my iphone mic is the cause. That's some pretty awesome playing in that link. It's not my concept of tone but it's so musical. I think that your iPhone does not fully capture your tone. But I also think it is 1...
by timothy42b
Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Alternatives to Lassus Trombone
Replies: 36
Views: 12468

Re: Alternatives to Lassus Trombone

I didn't like any of Doug Yeo's suggestions for various reasons. Well, I'll say it out loud. They require a much higher level of skill than the benefit they provide - they are trombone player pleasers but not audience pleasers. IMO. I see Doug Elliott's point too. But there are some things audiences...
by timothy42b
Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: What did you want to be when you were young? Are you doing that?
Replies: 39
Views: 13975

Re: What did you want to be when you were young? Are you doing that?

I had two thoughts when I last posted, and only left one. Here's the other. My kids have a saying: "Daddy, that sounds like a first world problem." Thinking we can choose a path, rather than just survive as best we can, is a luxury we should never take for granted. Most of the world can't do that.
by timothy42b
Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: What did you want to be when you were young? Are you doing that?
Replies: 39
Views: 13975

Re: What did you want to be when you were young? Are you doing that?

I’m curious to see what everyone wanted to be when they grew up and if they’re actually doing that. How does anyone young know what they want to be? When my children were in school I had a rule: they must take all available math classes, regardless what they were interested in. I explained to them ...
by timothy42b
Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: curious about where lime comes from
Replies: 11
Views: 6988

Re: curious about where lime comes from

I thought lime was just a broad name for gunk because it’s kind of green... Sometimes it probably is. I'm referring to the hard whitish deposits that look something like the bottom of a teapot ends up. They don't come off easily. The water vapor we breath into the horn that condenses should be pret...
by timothy42b
Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Okay customizers, what would you do with this?
Replies: 27
Views: 4721

Re: Okay customizers, what would you do with this?

This will be an interesting experiment and might answer some old questions about bore size through tubing.

If you put that .547 attachment on a .547 horn, it might play well into the upper range where most people don't use valves. If so you'd be better off with G or some other choice than F.
by timothy42b
Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Anyone use this?
Replies: 18
Views: 2726

Re: Anyone use this?

If you read BHolleyBrass's response, you'll see you're getting about $600 of work for that $200 or so you pay a tech. I helped relatives re-roof a shed the past two weekends. The condition was bad enough no contractor would have touched it for a reasonable cost, and they saved a lot over doing it co...

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