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by Gary
Fri Jan 08, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: sections that play one brand
Replies: 171
Views: 11642

Re: sections that play one brand

I have never required a player to have a different horn but have made it clear that s/he didn't blend with the section. I usually point out the problems but leave it to them how to resolve it. Depending on the level the orchestra you might be able to pull that off. Maybe. Are you saying a MD/Conduc...
by Gary
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:22 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: sections that play one brand
Replies: 171
Views: 11642

Re: sections that play one brand

I have never required a player to have a different horn but have made it clear that s/he didn't blend with the section. I usually point out the problems but leave it to them how to resolve it.
by Gary
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:18 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Do practice mutes get a bad rep?
Replies: 14
Views: 1962

Re: Do practice mutes get a bad rep?

They don't all suck, they just have different purposes. The problem in developing a good, clear, open-horned sound with a practice mute is where the problem comes in.
by Gary
Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: sections that play one brand
Replies: 171
Views: 11642

Re: sections that play one brand

As a conductor and Musical Director, I only care about results. If one player needs horn X and another horn Y but get the same resulting sound, that's al I care about. If someone's sticking out in the section, then they need to change. But not to a horn/mpc that matches the solo player in equipment,...
by Gary
Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: your mouthpiece might be too big if...
Replies: 4
Views: 1651

Re: your mouthpiece might be too big if...

My mouthpiece might be too big if I am mistaken for a Ubangi.
by Gary
Mon Dec 14, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Arban’s for alto, Grove/Cherry Classics
Replies: 5
Views: 1876

Re: Arban’s for alto, Grove/Cherry Classics

Two questions:
Is this book written in treble clef?
Is the only difference that it's the same exercises but written a step?
by Gary
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Anyone actually use reeve sleeves?
Replies: 12
Views: 3042

Re: Anyone actually use reeve sleeves?

So . . no.
by Gary
Sat Nov 28, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Idiots guide to composing backing track for music
Replies: 5
Views: 2542

Re: Idiots guide to composing backing track for music

If it's good voice leading you want in another voice, the 3rd and 7th are the go-to choices, regardless of genre (modal music discounted). An old rule: when voice I moves, voice II takes slower countermelodies, and vice-versa.
by Gary
Sat Nov 28, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Idiots guide to composing backing track for music
Replies: 5
Views: 2542

Re: Idiots guide to composing backing track for music

I'm going to make an end run on your question. Why not give it a full accompaniment. I use Band in a Box . You can choose your background, type into it the chords you want to use, and you can control the tempo and key. Easiest way to get a much "professional" accompaniments quickly , and with little...
by Gary
Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: The wonders of improvised polyphony
Replies: 9
Views: 3484

Re: The wonders of improvised polyphony

Beautiful. I am a contemporary composer and yet I don't believe things et better with time, they just evolve. How do you get better than this?
by Gary
Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Aebersold - thoughts?
Replies: 17
Views: 6869

Re: Aebersold - thoughts?

The school directors want us to teach as much theory as we think the kids can handle but us older folks said that's all well and good but we should also be teaching to listen and play by ear. I agree, that skill has fallen by the way side somewhat with academia's focus on theory. Thoughts? I learne...
by Gary
Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Aebersold - thoughts?
Replies: 17
Views: 6869

Re: Aebersold - thoughts?

JLivi, how do Aebersolds hurt you?
by Gary
Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Aebersold - thoughts?
Replies: 17
Views: 6869

Re: Aebersold - thoughts?

Aebersold's are great, but I also use Band in a Box (BIAB) more because you can transpose the same tune, change backgrounds at will and change the tempos, none of which Aeborsold can do. But the Aeberold have less generically performed backgrounds than BIAB.
by Gary
Wed Nov 04, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Disrespect towards Furloughed Musicians
Replies: 19
Views: 6587

Re: Disrespect towards Furloughed Musicians

This sucks, Brian. In my lifetime. I've seen the constant erosion of support for the arts in America. And it doesn't matter what musical idiom. Bad management and unwieldly overhead, and media theft of musicians' income by social media. I have lived all over the world and I think it boils down to cu...
by Gary
Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: In the Mood - Oh no, Not again!
Replies: 13
Views: 5510

Re: In the Mood - Oh no, Not again!

I couldn't agree more with the comments. I led the descendant of Miller's AAC Band (AF Band) and the dedication to authenticity was very important. I wish I had this available to me back in the day. I would have definitely have used it. Regarding the articulations and phrasing, absolutely beautiful....
by Gary
Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Is a Masters degree still sufficient?
Replies: 8
Views: 4911

Re: Is a Masters degree still sufficient?

In my experience the only thing that trumps a Doctorate is the right kind on success for the right kind of school (Berklee for example). Otherwise, gotta get a Doctorate. Just as an aside, when I started university, plenty of positions were filled by Master-level people. But during the Viet Nam War,...
by Gary
Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Musty Smell Remove.
Replies: 12
Views: 6119

Re: Musty Smell Remove.

I've, also, tried a couple of different times and it just never worked. Now, I had one vintage case that had no problem to start with, so kept that one. But my experience with the others have led me to just buy a brand new case for used instruments The new case is going to look good, smell good, and...
by Gary
Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: Disable silent brass reverb
Replies: 13
Views: 6983

Re: Disable silent brass reverb

Yeah, the new ones seems to have 2 settings: a little and a lot. Stating the obvious, but have you put it on the lesser of the two settings? Is that still too much for you? Keep in mind that the room you practice in may have some reverb, anyway, so this setting might take that in consideration and ...
by Gary
Sat Oct 03, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
Replies: 12
Views: 6648

Re: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

"You don’t break up with your girlfriend in the brass world. Generally she just leaves you". =:-0
by Gary
Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: News & Announcements
Topic: Anyone know Harm Goeree, Netherlands
Replies: 39
Views: 16074

Re: Anyone know Harm Goeree, Netherlands

I never do any international transactions by anything but PayPal. Regardless of their protestations, if they're in a First-World country, they can get and use PayPal,
by Gary
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How to practice the Arban book
Replies: 24
Views: 6651

Re: How to practice the Arban book

ParLawGod wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 7:56 pm
A book that I really like is the Bolvin Arban manual:

https://bolvinmusic.com/product/arban-manual/

It's for trumpet, but easy to adapt it to any of the other books.
Just want to second the motion. I have this book. Excellent.
by Gary
Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Sibelius which version to buy/subscribe?
Replies: 31
Views: 8339

Re: Sibelius which version to buy/subscribe?

I went back to Sibelius just the other day and it was a relief. Did some Dorico and didn't really see any value added. Went to Finale (yes paid full price) and just couldn't get past the learning curve. Avid's subscription etc. drove me crazy but being frustrated with the other systems, I finally ju...
by Gary
Mon Aug 17, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Screw bell buzzing
Replies: 10
Views: 1624

Re: Screw bell buzzing

Sure!
by Gary
Mon Aug 17, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Screw bell buzzing
Replies: 10
Views: 1624

Re: Screw bell buzzing

Are the screw threads lubricated?
by Gary
Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: What did you want to be when you were young? Are you doing that?
Replies: 39
Views: 13827

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

There are a couple of things I'd like to point out. First, I don’t think i’d like the stress of gigging around and not having a for sure stable income. There are the service bands. The quality of performer is high, but there's a nice selection of services and bands within the service, and the pay is...
by Gary
Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Jokes and one liners from the back row
Replies: 81
Views: 27920

Re: Jokes and one liners from the back row

My band and I were rolling down an inter-state when two rear tires blew. Dangerous. The driver told us to get off the bus immediately. As I was exiting there was a real trickster standing at the front, looking at us and singing. "You picked a fine time to leave me loose wheel".
by Gary
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Farkas style trombone mouthpiece
Replies: 24
Views: 5503

Re: Farkas style trombone mouthpiece

Per the specs, it does have a throat, but an incredibly large one. Also and extremely deep cup. Seems like a rather specialized mouthpiece, I wouldn't put that in the box with a new instrument unless the buyer specifically asks for that. My guess is on trombone, a mouthpiece with that design would ...
by Gary
Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Carousel/NY Phil at Lincoln Center
Replies: 8
Views: 6599

Re: Carousel/NY Phil at Lincoln Center

Thanks for that. Listening/watching Porgy & Bess right now but will do Carousel next.
by Gary
Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 64427

Re: Yikes

Posaunus wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:38 am
What would you have done if you were part of the symphony management?
I would put her on administrative leave until a thorough investigation is completed.
by Gary
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 64427

Re: Yikes

That she posted something abhorrent, but LEGAL, does not mean due process may be waived.
by Gary
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 64427

Re: Yikes

mwpfoot wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:08 pm
What about due process?! This orchestra appears to be following it.
Do you consider summarily firing someone preceding any hearing or any other legal defense, due process? Guilty until proven innocent?
by Gary
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 64427

Re: Yikes

At the risk of repeating myself, one better be careful that what you want muzzled in someone else today doesn't translate to someone wanting to muzzle you tomorrow. Also, some of you are confusing the disliking what was said with the right to say it.
by Gary
Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 64427

Re: Yikes

First, I think what was posted is abhorrent. I find it, personally, repugnant. Second, a right that distinguishes democracies like our own is freedom of speech, a precious right. It is permissible as long as it is not against the law. I am not aware of any law these comments violate. Regarding comme...
by Gary
Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: Notification icon doesn't work.
Replies: 2
Views: 5472

Re: Notification icon doesn't work.

Taken care of, thanks.
by Gary
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: Notification icon doesn't work.
Replies: 2
Views: 5472

Notification icon doesn't work.

I have a notification. Yet when I click on the notification icon, nothin happens. Additionally, the notification still remains there.

Does anybody have an idea as to what to do? Thanks.
by Gary
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Eccentricity & Instability in Talented Individuals
Replies: 16
Views: 6840

Re: Eccentricity & Instability in Talented Individuals

Bandleader Charlie Barnett needed a recommendation for a new guy. One guy being promoted was said the be "a nice guy".

"Nice guy?" said Charlie. "I don't need nice guys. Give me a bastard who can play".
by Gary
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 64427

Re: Yikes

Whoa! Don't most African and Indian immigrants represent the more educated to begin with? Also, I can't see how there's any comparison between them and African-Americans, because what it doesn't say is that, no matter how successful they might be, they're just another inferior colored person to some...
by Gary
Sun May 31, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Eccentricity & Instability in Talented Individuals
Replies: 16
Views: 6840

Re: Eccentricity & Instability in Talented Individuals

So, what are you really asking? :-D I've worked with all kinds. I've worked with a resident savant to total butt holes. Angelic to demonic. If you are getting paid, you usually find ways to deal with it. It's usually just a matter of choosing your words and company carefully. And a good attribute if...
by Gary
Sun May 31, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 64427

Re: Yikes

Well you realize that, for many of us, we have no idea what you are talkin about. So, unless you just like to hear yourself talk (meant nicely, not disingenuously), without a link you can't get much of a dialogue going. p.s. the people involved that can take action against her certainly know about t...
by Gary
Sat May 30, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: identities
Replies: 28
Views: 11548

Re: identities

Trying to regulate pseudonyms on an open forum is a waste of your time. You can't. Period. When I came on my first forum decades ago, relatively safe and credible BTW, one of the first threads I came upon was a heated argument that ended with one of the parties asking the other for his address so he...
by Gary
Fri May 29, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I hit the wall!
Replies: 11
Views: 6932

Re: I hit the wall!

Ref. incentive, and I realise it's varied, I practice to get better, so I can play what I want - which is more demanding than my present ability.
by Gary
Thu May 28, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: I hit the wall!
Replies: 11
Views: 6932

Re: I hit the wall!

This is not The Wall. The wall is when you reach a "playing" barrier and, no matter what you do, you just don't get better. Most of us hit this several times throughout a playing career and solutions are various. What you have is a loss of incentive. And I don't know what the key to ringing your bel...
by Gary
Tue May 19, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Consecutive Chords with Flutter - Playable?
Replies: 9
Views: 7273

Re: Consecutive Chords with Flutter - Playable?

I don't see a problem. To me, it's not a matter of possibility as a matter of context, i.e. how it's used.

Ref. growl and flutter tongue, some people can make both sound the same, some can't. In that case you have to decide what sound you are seeking and use that technique.
by Gary
Tue May 19, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teaching horn as second instrument
Replies: 18
Views: 2356

Re: Teaching horn as second instrument

"I noticed that the French horn was the doubling that was more difficult the other doublings for the students at SMI." Basbun, I don't discount your experience at all, but from my perspective it didn't matter. I just played the Horn and the Trombone as two different instruments and mouthpiece placem...
by Gary
Mon May 18, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Composition, Arrangement, & Theory
Topic: Consecutive Chords with Flutter - Playable?
Replies: 9
Views: 7273

Re: Consecutive Chords with Flutter - Playable?

Just to be clear, you are talking about a group of trombonists playing single notes, each, versus one trombone playing multiphonics, right?
by Gary
Mon May 18, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Something to save my wrist for edwards bass
Replies: 23
Views: 8066

Re: Something to save my wrist for edwards bass

Thanks, Bruce.
by Gary
Mon May 18, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Something to save my wrist for edwards bass
Replies: 23
Views: 8066

Re: Something to save my wrist for edwards bass

Do any of these devices help balance a valve trombone? Thanks.
by Gary
Mon May 18, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Teaching horn as second instrument
Replies: 18
Views: 2356

Re: Teaching horn as second instrument

I don't see a problem and I don't think you need to make any subtle embouchure changes just because it "hypothetically" might work. I play/ed Trumpet, French Horn, Eb Alto Horn and Trombone. I learned each horn independently of the others.
by Gary
Fri May 15, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Music Business
Topic: Is it okay to go to college for a music education degree later in life? Is the virus going to change music education?
Replies: 23
Views: 10828

Re: Is it okay to go to college for a music education degree later in life? Is the virus going to change music education

That said, it's not always easy to deal with administrators often most concerned about climbing their particular greasy pole to success. Kids are almost never the problem. Parents are generally reasonable and responsive to professionalism and expertise. Word! I was Composer-in Residence for a major...

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