bass vs tenor

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what do you play?

tenor
27
44%
bass
34
56%
 
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bass vs tenor

Post by Elow » Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:56 pm

Im just curious to see the amount of bass players compared to tenor, even though lots play both just choose whatever youre most comfortable on.
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by BGuttman » Mon Apr 05, 2021 12:08 am

I play whatever is needed. I started concentrating on bass, but now I also cover tenor, alto, euphonium, and tuba.

I should point out a couple of things:

1. A modern bass trombone is a wide bore tenor with one or two valves.

2. In an orchestra there is one bass chair for 2 tenor chairs. In a Jazz Band there is one bass chair for 3 tenor chairs.
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by boneagain » Mon Apr 05, 2021 6:18 am

You might get more value out of your poll if you ask about tenor, bass, euphonium, tuba, amateur-only, pro.

One of my favorite lead players started making money playing bass, and now augments lead gigs with just about everything else. Many, if not most, of the players in my trombone choir, play at least tenor and bass.

I don't think pro's today can afford to play just one. And even amateurs find that sometimes a group gets too many tenors or basses, and the group can't really go on until someone switches.

The term "false dichotomy" comes to mind :)
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by PhilTrombone » Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:31 am

Oh man this is painful! You made me choose!!! it's like asking which kid is a parent's favorite child!!!!!!
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by bigbandbone » Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:45 am

Just last week I was asked to cover the (tenor) tbone chair in a Dixieland band rehearsal. Hadn't played my small bore in 18 months. It did not go well. I've been concentrating on bass for 2 years and going forward I will only be playing bass. I enjoy it so much more! So I guess I'm a bass trombonist now.
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by Kingfan » Mon Apr 05, 2021 11:26 am

I would be more apt to answer if the survey was:

What do you play right now?

Primarily tenor _

Primarily bass _

Equally on both _
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by Bach5G » Mon Apr 05, 2021 1:02 pm

I’ve been working on my bass chops for the past year. Now my tenor needs a trip to the shop for a bit of TLC after sitting for so long.
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by dershem » Fri Apr 09, 2021 6:05 pm

I'm a brass player. Everything from tuba to piccolo trumpet. IMO, pigeonholes aren't even good for pigeons. (And, for those who say 'hobbyist' - no. I've played with serious symphony orchestras, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Louie Bellson, Sons of Champlin and many others.)
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by RConrad » Sat Apr 10, 2021 10:58 am

I think of myself as a trombone player but my University approaches me as a bass player, if they don't have a student in the music department that knows how to play bass they send me an email.
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by greenbean » Sat Apr 10, 2021 2:11 pm

"Both" is not an option??...
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by harrisonreed » Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:49 pm

LoL. This just proves that a higher percentage of forum members are ... Past their prime ....

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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by MrHCinDE » Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:00 am

How about the holy grail with the best of both worlds:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSL6wghp5VQ
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by boneagain » Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:55 am

MrHCinDE wrote:
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:00 am
How about the holy grail with the best of both worlds:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSL6wghp5VQ
Perfect :)
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by Posaunus » Mon Apr 12, 2021 12:59 pm

MrHCinDE wrote:
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:00 am
How about the holy grail with the best of both worlds:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSL6wghp5VQ
Hard to disagree with Jim Nova! Versatility is important, no matter what you want to play.
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by dershem » Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:59 pm

Get "The secret of Hoyt's garage" by Alan Kaplan.
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by Kevbach33 » Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:27 pm

I too consider myself a trombonist, though I must say I haven't touched the bass in a long while. Maybe that will change in the future.

I chose not to vote simply because I feel the time will come when I'm needed on the big horn again, even though I'm playing (mostly small) tenor these days.
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by Posaunus » Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:55 pm

60% bass vs 40% tenor (to date). Interesting how our little trombone forum (or at least those who respond to such a survey) is rather unrepresentative of the trombone world at large (which surely is majority tenor)! :idk:
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by LeoInFL » Mon Apr 19, 2021 5:13 am

Amateur player here. Even though my practice time is evenly divided between bass/tenor/alto, my playing with the community orchestra has been 100% bass.
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by EOlson9 » Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:43 am

Way more comfortable on bass, but finding myself having to play more tenor last few years prior to COVID due to needs in musical pits.
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by hyperbolica » Wed Apr 21, 2021 2:33 pm

I'm a tenor player, but there are more opportunities on bass here (because there are fewer bass players). But I'm getting so that I prefer euph or even tuba to bass bone. I play bass in my quartet because nobody else does, and the music we can pick from is limited with just 4 tenors.
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by Thrawn22 » Sat May 08, 2021 10:22 pm

I get equal time on both.
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by ArbanRubank » Sun May 09, 2021 5:16 am

Both on both. King 3B/F in the morning as alternately a tenor and a "bass". Single-trigger bass at night as alternately a bass and a "tenor". Great for flexibility and range development!
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by Cotboneman » Thu May 20, 2021 4:57 pm

I started out on tenor in my early days (late 60's to 70's), switched to bass in grad school and for nearly 30 years thereafter, but have rediscovered tenor (and some euphonium) in duets, trios and quartets in the last few years.
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by lupusargentus » Sat May 22, 2021 12:13 pm

I clicked bass because that was the first horn I purchased after returning to playing. I have both now but the bass is my "go to" horn of choice.
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by LIBrassCo » Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:55 am

Bass. What's a tenor? 😂
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by LeTromboniste » Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:05 am

Both. But real bass. It ain't a bass if the slide doesn't have a handle :twisted: (kidding of course)
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Re: bass vs tenor

Post by Kbiggs » Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:53 am

LeTromboniste wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:05 am
Both. But real bass. It ain't a bass if the slide doesn't have a handle :twisted: (kidding of course)
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