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by timothy42b
Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece material
Replies: 29
Views: 2292

Re: Mouthpiece material

hyperbolica wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:59 am

The air column is where the sound comes from,
Yes.
but the air column induces the metal
Yes.
which reinforces air inside and outside the instrument's air column to vibrate.


Um..................not sure at all there's anything to that. Evidence?
by timothy42b
Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:41 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Mouthpiece material
Replies: 29
Views: 2292

Re: Mouthpiece material

t doesn't seem to affect my playing much, it has just become a habit of mine to empty spit and wipe the mouthpiece during rests and wash my piece every night when I brush my teeth Good habit. I don't have the lip gunk but I play near the basement sink and I rinse the mouthpiece every time i finish ...
by timothy42b
Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:25 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Headaches?
Replies: 33
Views: 2883

Re: Headaches?

BTW I have asked my sports medicine specialist and physical therapist for exercises to support playing this asymmetrical, un-ergonomic instrument. Neither of them plays trombone, but they’re still helpful. That's a good point. We hold a heavy awkward unergonomic instrument with one hand for hours a...
by timothy42b
Wed Jan 06, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Getzen student horns?
Replies: 28
Views: 2794

Re: Getzen student horns?

There is no hex stock on mine. The braces are round and the ferrules solid and nicely grooved. It's built like a tank. There is no model or serial number anywhere on the bell or slide. The valve section is marked KN1377 on the valve cluster. The seller (from the forum here, but I no longer recall wh...
by timothy42b
Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Getzen student horns?
Replies: 28
Views: 2794

Re: Getzen student horns?

My Getzen is built very well. I have no idea what model it is, there are no markings. It came in a case with a slide section and a valve section so you can play it either way. Two things I don't like: it has an Amado water valve, and instead of a rubber bumper it has a thick metal brace added to the...
by timothy42b
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Cheap Altos
Replies: 43
Views: 4829

Re: Cheap Altos

As I have said again and again, you don't play alto trombone from tenor like a saxophone player goes between instruments. The alto trombone is a separate and distinct instrument -- not just a "small tenor". Mine is played like a small tenor. :shuffle: Of course some of that is the Bach 4 I have stu...
by timothy42b
Tue Jan 05, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Cheap Altos
Replies: 43
Views: 4829

Re: Cheap Altos

Well, shoot, it won't preview on box, and nobody downloads.

Let's try this:

by timothy42b
Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:53 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Cheap Altos
Replies: 43
Views: 4829

Re: Cheap Altos

Ah, well, I shouldn't do this but I will. I've been playing my mini pBone because it's light and my shoulder hurts. And I've been working on ear playing because I'm not good at it. Like here, where i forgot what note I was on and got lost. I take one of the church hymns and play by ear in different ...
by timothy42b
Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Cheap Altos
Replies: 43
Views: 4829

Re: Cheap Altos

Hickey's has a pBone mini for $99. They aren't great but they do work. Everybody should have one, more if they have kids.
by timothy42b
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:01 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Trombones wear out in 10 years (says Paris Opera)
Replies: 69
Views: 5267

Re: Trombones wear out in 10 years (says Paris Opera)

• Carefully clean slides ( both inner and outer) after each use, and store dry . I think moisture is the enemy of brass. While we play it's going to stay wet but it can be dry more of the time. I keep mine dry on the stand, with the outer slide removed and hung over the hand brace upside down. That...
by timothy42b
Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Underplayed Classical Tenor Solo Rep
Replies: 43
Views: 2747

Re: Underplayed Classical Tenor Solo Rep

i just can't get behind the cynical thinking about modern music or trombone repertoire in general. audiences don't just want comfort food and classical music is not just a bunch of 'member berries, and if you believe in the music (truly believe it's good and worthwhile) and can give the audience so...
by timothy42b
Fri Jan 01, 2021 6:36 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: underrated, overrated, rated....
Replies: 36
Views: 3015

Re: underrated, overrated, rated....

I recently read a book that included a statistical method for finding your ideal spouse. Perhaps this would apply to trombones. I can't recall which book, but it was nonfiction and in other respects reading it was worthwhile. Here is the method: date 10 people. Whichever one was best of the ten, fix...
by timothy42b
Fri Jan 01, 2021 6:27 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How to improve internal hearing
Replies: 3
Views: 1107

Re: How to improve internal hearing

I think working on playing simple tunes by ear in various keys might help. It is helping me. But, it's a skill I don't have, so it forces me to both think the note and remember where I am. If I were better then muscle memory would take over, as it does if I get too familiar with a tune in a particul...
by timothy42b
Wed Dec 30, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Underplayed Classical Tenor Solo Rep
Replies: 43
Views: 2747

Re: Underplayed Classical Tenor Solo Rep

**Controversial opinion below alert** I think nobody goes to trombone recitals because, in terms of broad appeal, the VAST majority of the rep doesn't even come close to comparing to Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, etc. etc. I think there's some truth to that but I think there's another factor that gets...
by timothy42b
Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Whistling
Replies: 27
Views: 3524

Re: Whistling

Does anyone have any advice on learning to whistle? I've clearly been doing it totally wrong all this time. Or, not doing it totally wrong.

Just now I've been able to make some tiny squeaks that might be a whistle except a dog would need a hearing aid to pick them up. What is the secret?
by timothy42b
Mon Dec 28, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Trombones wear out in 10 years (says Paris Opera)
Replies: 69
Views: 5267

Re: Trombones wear out in 10 years (says Paris Opera)

Pretty sure it depends on how loud you play.
by timothy42b
Fri Dec 25, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Whistling
Replies: 27
Views: 3524

Re: Whistling

When I first watched the Epstein video, I agreed with baileyman (and still do.) Much of what he says does not make sense from a physics standpoint, and metaphors mean different things to different people. But I did find his application useful anyway, even if I think it's for different reasons than h...
by timothy42b
Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Whistling
Replies: 27
Views: 3524

Re: Whistling

I suspect that if you can whistle, the tongue positions that you use to whistle well transfer to trombone.

But if you can't whistle to begin with, like me, those tongue shapes still matter on trombone.
by timothy42b
Wed Dec 23, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Whistling
Replies: 27
Views: 3524

Re: Whistling

If I gained 3 notes I would then have 4.

I've always been unable to whistle a tune and I've worked on it a good bit.
by timothy42b
Wed Dec 23, 2020 5:57 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: In praise of the humble analog metronome
Replies: 11
Views: 1958

Re: In praise of the humble analog metronome

Mine is a Seth Thomas. It gets a lot of use, not just for trombone but also as a timer. Set it to 60, and use it to time your planks, e.g.
by timothy42b
Tue Dec 22, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: To the service techs
Replies: 14
Views: 2713

Re: To the service techs

FWIW, my pBone mini is playable only when I put the slide on upside down. Right side up it is too sticky.
by timothy42b
Mon Dec 21, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Chewbacca Sound
Replies: 9
Views: 2907

Re: Chewbacca Sound

Another thought. I've played with someone who generally plays well but occasionally gets a tight strained sound that is kind of chewbaca like. He has quite a bit of motion and it is opposite to mine - while I as a high placement 3A move up when I ascend, he moves down to ascend. A lot. As I understa...
by timothy42b
Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:11 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Chewbacca Sound
Replies: 9
Views: 2907

Re: Chewbacca Sound

I youtubed chewbacca and that doesn't sound like a double buzz to me but of course we haven't heard what you sound like. Chewbacca sounds like the tight strangled sound you get if you try to play loud with your teeth closed. You can close your teeth and play pianissimo like the trumpet players do wh...
by timothy42b
Fri Dec 11, 2020 6:05 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Blue Bells from a hichgschooler
Replies: 28
Views: 5129

Re: Blue Bells from a hichgschooler

The timing of the discovery doesn't really match his description in the preface to the Encyclopedia, which I read this morning.

But it doesn't matter. I enjoyed that recording.
by timothy42b
Thu Dec 10, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Blue Bells from a hichgschooler
Replies: 28
Views: 5129

Re: Blue Bells from a hichgschooler

Impressive for any age. Donald S Reinhardt Doug, do you know anything about whether this recording was made before or after Reinhardt's tuning slide accident that sparked his initial explorations of individualized brass technique? That was my first thought too. His book talks about struggles with r...
by timothy42b
Wed Dec 09, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Blue Bells from a hichgschooler
Replies: 28
Views: 5129

Re: Blue Bells from a hichgschooler

That playing would have been impressive from any age player. (Imagine, he didn't even have youtube to learn from!)

It also seemed you can go a lot faster if you don't try to play too loudly. Would that have been a small bore tenor at that time?
by timothy42b
Sun Dec 06, 2020 6:05 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Anybody crash a bellringer?
Replies: 9
Views: 2397

Re: Anybody crash a bellringer?

For the past few years there has been a request locally for people to play along with bell ringers. Apparently revenues almost double when there's another instrument.

However in times of covid that just won't work, at least where I see the bell ringers stand. No way.
by timothy42b
Fri Dec 04, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Time to buy a new computer mouse
Replies: 21
Views: 9310

Re: Time to buy a new computer mouse

I've been using a Kensington trackball Slim Blade in my home office where I work daily for at least 10 years. Clean lint occasionally. Doesn't require charging or a mouse pad, doesn't need space to move around, doesn't hurt my wrist. I'm a CAD user and writer, so it sees a lot of daily use. This. I...
by timothy42b
Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Probably a dumb question but ...
Replies: 17
Views: 3723

Re: Probably a dumb question but ...

OOH! The multi-bore trombone! Draw the inners with an oval cross-section on the ID - .500" in one direction and .562" in the other direction. The best of both worlds! From smallish tenor to a bass in one horn! Make the rest of the horn the same way (including oval ports in the rotors and an oval be...
by timothy42b
Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Probably a dumb question but ...
Replies: 17
Views: 3723

Re: Probably a dumb question but ...

Not a dumb question - better to ask now than to make a mistake later. I Googled your horn model and found some sites say it is .562 bore at the slides, some say .571. Have your local instrument tech check for sure. If you don't have somebody nearby or they are not open right now, see if you can bor...
by timothy42b
Fri Nov 27, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: School Experience
Replies: 28
Views: 3574

Re: School Experience

I'm going to speculate wildly and repeat some stereotypes that may have no validity. My angle here is personality fit. But it seems like the life of a classical performance major, besides being pretty hard to find employment in, demands a rather high level of conformity. The standards for tone, arti...
by timothy42b
Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Innovations you'd like to see
Replies: 181
Views: 16584

Re: Innovations you'd like to see

I suspect fewer lefties on trombone. Requiring almost no dexterity, most lefties play the trombone right handed. That is probably true for some, but I suspect another reason applies also. We've had this discussion a number of times, and conventional wisdom is just force the lefties to play right ha...
by timothy42b
Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Innovations you'd like to see
Replies: 181
Views: 16584

Re: Innovations you'd like to see

I suspect fewer lefties on trombone.
by timothy42b
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:53 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Slide grip/technique
Replies: 16
Views: 3558

Re: Slide grip/technique

Look on YouTube at good pros in all genres. Most hold the slide in a similar way....and not the way that often is recommended....It's a funny facet of trombone instruction that players seem coy about. Perhaps players find that they cannot find a good justification for their holding technique, so te...
by timothy42b
Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Weird lip problem
Replies: 41
Views: 5231

Re: Weird lip problem

I've always wondered. If Sensodyne can numb parts of your teeth that are sensitive, does it do the same thing to your lips? that might not be a good thing.
by timothy42b
Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Innovations you'd like to see
Replies: 181
Views: 16584

Re: Innovations you'd like to see

If the inner and outer slides included materials with opposite magnetic polarities, would the slide ride like maglev trains? Not that I want iron/steel slides nor slides that slick magnetically to music stands/trombone stands/chairs/etc..... :) I doubt this hair-brained idea would ever work. The po...
by timothy42b
Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:54 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Covid recovery for wind players
Replies: 10
Views: 7047

Re: Covid recovery for wind players

... One thing among many I don't understand: The morning talking doctor said with COVID you don't maintain antibodies; they fade and you can get it again. If so, how does a vaccine work? I thought vaccines produced an antibody response. ... I heard on another broadcast that COViD antibodies last fo...
by timothy42b
Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Whats wrong with this?
Replies: 45
Views: 7987

Re: Whats wrong with this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRDRaaZ4V2Q Years ago I bought this CD. I think I listened to it once and couldn't get past what sounded sloppy but I suppose could be just a different articulation style. I'm listening to it again, and there seem to be a of too-whah attacks. Maybe that's intentional.
by timothy42b
Mon Nov 16, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Whats wrong with this?
Replies: 45
Views: 7987

Re: Whats wrong with this?

Getting off topic but Fabrice Millischer has a good website with bio. Some years back he did a lecture and demonstration of diminutions at ATW. Well, he called them that, we would call them ornaments. He played them incredibly cleanly on trombone, as if the instrument had no technical limitations. ...
by timothy42b
Sat Nov 14, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Physical explanation of “Breaking Up”
Replies: 9
Views: 3190

Re: Physical explanation of “Breaking Up”

Dougs answer is good. I have heard a King 2B played with an enormus wolume without what I think is beaking up. Gary Valente. Unbelivily loud and beautiful at that. Yes, I heard Wycliffe do that at an ETW concert. Somehow he made the horn not break up, to my ears, where a lesser player would have be...
by timothy42b
Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: I hereby move
Replies: 7
Views: 3317

Re: I hereby move

Warmup can vary from a few honks on the mouthpiece to a slow and methodical way to get all the juices flowing to prepare for playing. But anything over about 20 minutes or so is no longer a warmup -- it's drill. I was watching a sports technique video by Scott Stokely the other day. He cited a stud...
by timothy42b
Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Bach 42B
Replies: 25
Views: 4972

Re: Bach 42B

Does anyone play a stock 42B in any major orchestra? Doug Wright of Minnesota used to, I don't know if he still does. I saw him at a master class years ago and he held up a beatup 42B and said, "you can tell I'm not a gear junkie," or words to that effect. He had two 42Bs near identical, I think on...
by timothy42b
Sun Nov 08, 2020 5:51 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Digital Audio
Replies: 4
Views: 4237

Re: Digital Audio

I have one laptop connected to a stereo analog through the headphone jack, and another through an older model M-Audio USB interface digitally. I can't tell any difference, I think the speakers and the room acoustics make more difference. The MAudio of course gives me connections for microphone and M...
by timothy42b
Fri Nov 06, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Who is Polina Tarasenko?
Replies: 2
Views: 3511

Re: Who is Polina Tarasenko?

It just goes to show, on any known instrument, there's an 8 year old on youtube playing better than we'll ever be.

Check out her as a 10 year old playing All of Me on a trombone bigger than her that falls apart halfway:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH5KaGxahiU
by timothy42b
Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: 3D Printers
Replies: 8
Views: 7307

Re: 3D Printers

Old thread, but I see there's a trumpet mouthpiece maker using the resin layer type rather than the filament deposition I've been thinking about.

https://all3dp.com/1/best-resin-dlp-sla ... thography/
by timothy42b
Tue Nov 03, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Air/breathing
Replies: 34
Views: 7001

Re: Air/breathing

Far more important seems to be establishing resistance with the back of the tongue. It acts like a pressure regulator, taking the relatively high pressure in the torso down to what is needed for the pitches. Resistance in the throat is an invitation to passing out on high notes. I think he also rec...
by timothy42b
Tue Nov 03, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The USAF Airmen of Note Tour Japan 1994
Replies: 24
Views: 6559

Re: The USAF Airmen of Note Tour Japan 1994

Worked fine for me. Awesome playing!
by timothy42b
Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Air/breathing
Replies: 34
Views: 7001

Re: Air/breathing

1. Too much power aka amount of air to go through the trombone, too large, too fast. Boy, this is no trumpet, calm down. But why do I do so? 4. There are two ways to achieve resistance: first, you can manage it by using the embouchure and employ the lips to withstand air stream. Second, you can adj...
by timothy42b
Sat Oct 31, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Plastic trombone players -- HELP!
Replies: 16
Views: 5082

Re: Plastic trombone players -- HELP!

Slightly off topic, but having to do with measurements. I have an inexpensive plastic vernier calipers, nothing precise enough for a machinist, but accurate enough for everyday use and I reach for it a lot. It was probably about $10 but has been incredibly useful. But I had real doubt in my measurem...

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