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by TimBrown
Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Curtis Fuller appreciation thread
Replies: 22
Views: 1588

Re: Curtis Fuller appreciation thread

Agree! I love to hear a trombone sound like a trombone. He plays with attitude and - as you stated - intent! I never get tired of hearing that kind of trombone sound. Thanks for sharing!
by TimBrown
Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:14 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Alternatives to Lassus Trombone
Replies: 36
Views: 1785

Re: Alternatives to Lassus Trombone

The piece that hooked me as a youngster was the trombone trio "Slippery Gentlemen". It has glisses, but I think it was the harmony that told me trombones could sound like solid gold. This brought back a memory of when I was a senior in high school. Our band performed for an elementary school assembl...
by TimBrown
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone
Replies: 316
Views: 13819

Re: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone

I applaud all those who are trying to think, say and do the right thing. I also believe that social change comes about better and faster if we polish a rough-cut gem, rather than publicly smashing it with a sledgehammer because there is still a flaw in it. Pobody's nerfect (a comedic line from "The ...
by TimBrown
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:37 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone
Replies: 316
Views: 13819

Re: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone

I don't perform in public any more. But for those of you who do - when groups start up again, I wonder how many of you will be performing those pieces you have either railed against on this thread or wanted to. Will your ideals or your wallet prevail? Will you perform "Jingle Bells" embedded in a co...
by TimBrown
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone
Replies: 316
Views: 13819

Re: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone

Agreed, but not because "it's not good enough". That is the wrong reason to trash future performances of it or I would insist that there be no future performances of many works that others think are splendid. The right reason to never perform it again would be it represents that which is now consid...
by TimBrown
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone
Replies: 316
Views: 13819

Re: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone

This isn't good enough? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra-NfLmQWtc Nobody's talking about erasing past recordings of this piece. This is about continued performances. But to your point, yes, I'd say that future arrangers should find a different tune/pig to put lipstick on. Agreed, but not because ...
by TimBrown
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone
Replies: 316
Views: 13819

Re: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone

Tolstoy. Dostoevsky. Dickens. Mark Twain. Wagner, Strauss, Beethoven, Michelangelo, DaVinci, Picasso. We can't just erase stuff because it was somehow connected to a bad idea. Erasing the past will not help us move on. What if we threw away all of the music that came from the Catholic church? Bach?...
by TimBrown
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone
Replies: 316
Views: 13819

Re: TIme to ditch Lassus Trombone

What are we to do with Frank Rosolino's brilliant solo? Delete it? For that matter, what are we to do with the entire track on The Trombones, Inc vinyl? Take a razor blade and scratch it out? What is correct and proper; not just knee-jerk here and now, but to stand the test of time.
by TimBrown
Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Music Business
Topic: What did you want to be when you were young? Are you doing that?
Replies: 19
Views: 1175

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

I never wanted to "BE" anything. I never wanted to have to work a day in my life. I did, of course; hard and well until I could retire. I never defined myself by what I did occupationally. In other words, I may have programmed computers a while, but I never told anyone that I was a "Computer Program...
by TimBrown
Fri Jun 19, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Pedal vs Petal tones
Replies: 22
Views: 1320

Re: Pedal vs Petal tones

I belive all (nearly?) of us know what pedal tone is for us, (very few of us know what petaltone is) we can talk to tuba players about pedal tones, but if we try to talk about pedal tones with trumpet players we got some problems. And apperently French players sometimes use the word differently. Ac...
by TimBrown
Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Pedal vs Petal tones
Replies: 22
Views: 1320

Re: Pedal vs Petal tones

Pedal tones are just whatever the first, lowest harmonic is. There isn't an arbitrary range. A pedal Eb on alto would not be a pedal Eb on tenor with the F valve, even though it's the same pitch and frequency. You can go an octave lower on that harmonic series to the F side's fundamental partial. T...
by TimBrown
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Bach 3G question (Defective?)
Replies: 25
Views: 1531

Re: Bach 3G question (Defective?)

Lately, I have been using a Yamaha 55L with excellent results for both my Yamaha large-bore tenor and single-trigger bass. The rim size is a tiny bit wider than a Bach 3G, but - for me, more importantly - it has a more open blow which, I think sounds better and plays better on those two horns, speci...
by TimBrown
Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 258
Views: 23174

Re: Coronavirus

I found that amazing Euphonium/Tuba duet on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIQE9dZDeKA

You have to hear it to believe it!

Although not a new technique, I assume they filmed it this way specifically to observe social distancing.
by TimBrown
Wed Jun 10, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 258
Views: 23174

Re: Coronavirus

Cool! Great way to start the day! After listening, I marched in step from my office, down to my music studio for a practice session. Thanks for posting! For those on FB who either double or otherwise appreciate euphonium & tuba, maybe give this a listen: https://www.facebook.com/matonizz/videos/5815...
by TimBrown
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 12061

Re: Yikes

That's what happens in the cases we hear about. It makes we wonder how many aren't caught! And it goes to prove that once you get past HR, you're in - provided you keep your nose clean and not wave any red flags in front of law enforcement, or as is the case these days - in front of social media. So...
by TimBrown
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 12061

Re: Yikes

There will be due process. Management tends to win more court cases than unions do b/c management can pick their battles. If an employee is a part of a union, then the union has the obligation to their whole membership to fight the good fight, whether they know they have a good case or not.
by TimBrown
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 12061

Re: Yikes

I don't think very many employers check references. I once faked an educational record (well past any statute of limitations now) for a single mom. She got hired for a position that she could do very well but wasn't technically qualified for on paper. They never checked to see if she actually had th...
by TimBrown
Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 12061

Re: Yikes

Exactly! But we ought to at least give some credit to those on this thread who are trying to be sensitive. Trouble is, when someone tries to be sensitive to everyone, they often end up being ineffective. I had to deal with an HR person once who was - in my opinion - overly compassionate to the point...
by TimBrown
Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Is this America?
Replies: 45
Views: 2262

Re: Is this America?

This is a "Tangent" board and is being used for it's intended purposes. The shame of it is that responses pop up in "New Posts", so even if they offend someone, we still see them [sigh]. Sorry, but I don't think there is a way to block them. To deal with it all, I recently had a tech install three n...
by TimBrown
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 12061

Re: Yikes

Great point! We are probably all inside some kind of bubble. And if the contents of that bubble - or personal belief system - is all we know and all we are exposed to, then it's not us who is inside the bubble, it's everyone else!
by TimBrown
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: Yikes
Replies: 301
Views: 12061

Re: Yikes

Great discussion! We pretty much have assumed that she is devastated, broken and ruined. But I find it difficult to believe that someone could be so "inside a bubble" as to not know that there could be severe professional and social consequences for such actions. It's not like it hasn't been plaster...
by TimBrown
Sat May 30, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Comments & Suggestions
Topic: identities
Replies: 28
Views: 1882

Re: identities

In the interests of national security, my handler insists I use a false name and pic he grabbed off some Facebook somewhere! Any similarities between my pseudonym and anyone else past or present is a doggone shame.
by TimBrown
Wed May 27, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why are earlier horns better?
Replies: 77
Views: 5234

Re: Why are earlier horns better?

It seems like for every manufacturer, the older the better. What makes elkhart conns so good? Why are new york bachs so much better? I mean its cool and all to have a low serial number, but does the era of horn really make that much of a difference. I havent heard the same about shires or edwards, ...
by TimBrown
Wed May 27, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why are earlier horns better?
Replies: 77
Views: 5234

Re: Why are earlier horns better?

Following the "molecule" line, there are those who believe that a single-owner vintage horn of one - famous - owner is desirable because the molecules of the horn have been "set" in an especially sweet resonance. Maybe they are right! Maybe metal CAN be trained that way. There is a popular meme: "I'...
by TimBrown
Wed May 27, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Why are earlier horns better?
Replies: 77
Views: 5234

Re: Why are earlier horns better?

It's a thing. Who wouldn't want to own a confirmed great-playing classic Conn Elkhart in mint condition! Would it actually play better than our brand new state-of-the-art horn? Maybe. Or maybe we might think it does because we believe it has that certain elusive and mystic Ecalibur-like quality. Doe...
by TimBrown
Tue May 26, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Must have books
Replies: 19
Views: 1313

Re: Must have books

OK. That's a good work-around. I rewrote some as well.
by TimBrown
Tue May 26, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Must have books
Replies: 19
Views: 1313

Re: Must have books

What am I missing here? The OP stated that he bought a Yamaha 897Z. According to Yamaha, the 897Z is a small-bore straight horn. Can the Brad Edwards Lip Slur book be played on a straight horn? I must be misunderstanding something.
by TimBrown
Mon May 25, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Your warm up
Replies: 17
Views: 840

Re: Your warm up

A warm-up IS a fundamental thing - for me. I think it all depends upon what you consider a "warm up" and what you consider a study of "fundamentals". That would vary per individual. On person's warm-up may be another person's challenge. Any time I put my horn up to my face, I am always, always, alwa...
by TimBrown
Mon May 25, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Your warm up
Replies: 17
Views: 840

Re: Your warm up

The Michael Davis warmups (10, 15, 20 minutes) are a good starting place if you're looking for something. I used the 15 minute with the play-along exclusively for a few months, and it was great. They are that. Actually, I believe they could be used as a life-time warm-up b/c no one can ever do them...
by TimBrown
Mon May 25, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Your warm up
Replies: 17
Views: 840

Re: Your warm up

Right now, I am exclusively playing a single-trigger bass with a Doug Yeo mouthpiece (finally!). As far as warm-ups and technical skill advancement is concerned: I still like the Davis 15-Minute Warm-Up book. In the morning, I work through it as written, extending parts of it up and/or down and in t...
by TimBrown
Thu May 21, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Do you play bass or tenor? Double? And why?
Replies: 54
Views: 2458

Re: Do you play bass or tenor? Double? And why?

I have migrated from playing my large collection (and growing) of ballads on tenor to bass. Apparently, I am a more natural low bass player than a high tenor player. Sure, even a single-trigger bass is big, heavy and cumbersome to play. My left hand could have a few thousand words to say about it! B...
by TimBrown
Mon May 18, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Yamaha 421G Trigger
Replies: 5
Views: 764

Re: Yamaha 421G Trigger

That looks like a great fix! I discovered that if I put my left-hand little finger up over the brace, rather than under it - things go a lot better. It feels like a more solid grip for this horn and it's also not as hard on my little finger. I guess it takes a big-boy grip for a big-boy horn. Congra...
by TimBrown
Thu May 14, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Practicing Multiple Instruments in A Single Day
Replies: 13
Views: 663

Re: Practicing Multiple Instruments in A Single Day

I imagine there is a myriad of ways to approach this, depending upon the player, etc. What works for me is a formulated warm-up consisting of three keys; two of which reside in the middle range: 1) Flexibility 2) Double-tonguing 3) Range (tenor high; bass low) If I can take 10 minutes to warm up and...
by TimBrown
Mon May 11, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The sound in your head
Replies: 24
Views: 873

Re: The sound in your head

Specifically, it was the Harold Betters "Even Better" (1963) album that put the sound of what I determined a trombone ought to sound like firmly into my head. To narrow that down even further, it was my favorite cut on that album "After You're Gone" that hooked me as a sound AND melodic playing styl...
by TimBrown
Mon May 11, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Tangents
Topic: The sound in your head
Replies: 24
Views: 873

Re: The sound in your head

One of the sounds that got into my head was from Frank Fontaine's comedy routine on the Jackie Gleason Show during the "Joe The Bartender" skit. His baritone voice was amazing - especially after his comedy routine. I guess I should have wanted to play a baritone, but there were other reasons why I w...
by TimBrown
Mon May 11, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Is slide cream truly better than slide oil?
Replies: 10
Views: 525

Re: Is slide cream truly better than slide oil?

... • Every few days ( at least weekly ) wipe off the lubricant from the outer slide with a soft cloth; • Clean and dry interior of both the inner slide and outer slides with a swab – ... * HWP Brass-Saver (soft pull-through brush with a long plastic lead ribbon); or ... * cotton strip or cheeseclo...
by TimBrown
Sat May 09, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Musicians
Topic: New Album From Bass Trombonist Max Seigel
Replies: 4
Views: 497

Re: New Album From Bass Trombonist Max Seigel

Inspiring! Thanks for sharing, ngrinder!
by TimBrown
Mon May 04, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Mouthpieces
Topic: Range of acceptable sizes for bass
Replies: 34
Views: 3259

Re: Range of acceptable sizes for bass

I also like the Yamaha 58, 59 & 60 mouthpieces. Actually, I also like the Yeo but it's just too large for me to double between tenor on a Sullivan and a Yeo on bass (and I don't really have the lungs for it either). So I'm currently maxing with the 60 on bass. What I like about the openness on all o...
by TimBrown
Sun May 03, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Modification & Repair
Topic: Yamaha 421G Trigger
Replies: 5
Views: 764

Re: Yamaha 421G Trigger

I super glued on an Etsy Trombone Acrylic Trigger Thumb Rest and it made a difference. https://www.etsy.com/listing/661477344/trombone-acrylic-trigger-thumb-rest?ref=hp_top_in_taxo-1-2&frs=1 Perhaps your fix is better, though. I still had to train myself to maintain a firm and proper grip, though so...
by TimBrown
Fri May 01, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Instruments
Topic: Modernize Vintage Horns
Replies: 141
Views: 10034

Re: Modernize Vintage Horns

Maybe a lot of others feel the way I do. I don't want to be bothered with dents, worn inner stockings, worn or shot valves, worn lacquer, misaligned slides, etc - even if a classic vintage horn might have a certain je ne sais quoi. I want to play a new, bright shiny horn. Modernized 'em if you got '...
by TimBrown
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Musicians
Topic: Melba Liston and her bones
Replies: 23
Views: 1044

Re: Melba Liston and her bones

Notice how the performance is different from today. First of all, the arrangements are playable. By that I mean these virtuosos don't have to bring their entire bag of tricks to bear against the chart. They get to play each note really great rather than rushing to the next. I can't count the number...
by TimBrown
Mon Apr 06, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Rochut backwards
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Re: Rochut backwards

I always referred to it as Rochut The Door!
by TimBrown
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Motivation to practise in a non performing world
Replies: 12
Views: 780

Re: Motivation to practise in a non performing world

...How to stay motivated and practise in our locked down world ? I have to admit that I have been having a ball these last few weeks. Practising. Look, I have spent the last forty and a bit years playing what other people want me to in exchange for money and much of my personal practise has been ge...
by TimBrown
Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: Rochut backwards
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Re: Rochut backwards

When I was working through Rochut, I would start on a book at the front. I used a marker with an arrow on it to indicate which direction I was going. When I got to the end of the book, I reversed the arrow and worked back to the front. There were some I looked forward to and some I dreaded.
by TimBrown
Tue Mar 31, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Performance
Topic: What we're doing
Replies: 320
Views: 77383

Re: What we're doing

Post a little something, maybe on a weekly or even daily basis, about what you're doing trombone-wise or musically. I know some of you are on YouTube regularly so that might seem a little redundant. But for the rest of us I think it would be interesting to find out where you all are in your "progre...
by TimBrown
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Endurance building
Replies: 9
Views: 521

Re: Endurance building

It strikes me that there are two basic ways of improving endurance. The first is to rest as long as you play while practicing. That would mean that if I'm working on an Arban exercise for 3 minutes, that I rest and do something else for 3 minutes. For me, that's something else is listening to recor...
by TimBrown
Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 258
Views: 23174

Re: Coronavirus

Me too! I miss the occasional visits to the Conservatory, Zoo, Art Museums, Symphony, Brass Band, hockey and baseball games. Other than those activities, I have always felt very comfortable staying at home. I retired months ago from playing with live groups. It was nice, but now it is done (still pr...
by TimBrown
Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Gigs, Events, Jobs, & Vacancies
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 258
Views: 23174

Re: Coronavirus

I have had a full beard for 50 years, so I guess that makes me a Prepper!
by TimBrown
Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: Performance
Topic: Practice Room Size
Replies: 18
Views: 1250

Re: Practice Room Size

My basement practice room is about 15X15 (I just measured it - the reason for this edit). It's too small. I was careful to soundproof only the areas that needed it; an outside wall and the ceiling. Too much soundproofing and my studio sounds dead. I wanted both a degree of sound-proofing and resonan...

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