Recent content by Jack E

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    Converting a Bb or Eb instrument to C

    AlbertR - happy days are here again, eh? 😊
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    Is it me or does no one post here anymore?

    It's very odd that I've never had any problems playing brass right handed - yet with fretted instruments, I immediately notice the difference, and it's a massive difference, too. For all the research and advances we've made in understanding how our minds and brains work, I suspect that - as yet...
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    Is it me or does no one post here anymore?

    I can honestly say that when (please God) my band re-starts, I will carry on with my banjo - it's a long time since I had so much fun!
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    Is it me or does no one post here anymore?

    I think that bringing in fresh material can not only make it more interesting for audiences, but equally create enthusiasm amongst players - particularly for those in bands whose focus is strongly on contesting. But there is a 'but'; unless and until bands can start rehearsing and playing...
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    Is it me or does no one post here anymore?

    There have been no lessons / rehearsals for my junior band since the end of March - and I've no idea when / where / how they will re-start. It's really brought home to me how much I enjoyed playing with other people, even with only another two or three - and how empty it sounds to be playing...
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    Face Masks - what price a Banding Recovery?

    Isn't the complete shut-down of banding a 'banding issue'?
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    Face Masks - what price a Banding Recovery?

    From the 'Daily Telegraph', today, explaining why the mandatory wearing of face masks is expanding relentlessly, when the blunt truth is that almost all those who are critically vulnerable to the disease have already died: "Mr Hancock suggested that making face coverings mandatory in shops and...
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    Government Petition

    @2nd tenor - as I understand it, the problem is that concert halls are still being locked down, therefore they have NO source of income. And let's not forget the fact that, under current conditions, I could not go and listen to the Fairey Engineering Band playing at the Opera House in Buxton...
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    Lockdown Laughs - the Scrawl of the Wild

    @John Brooks @2nd tenor My thanks to you both - and finally, some good news! The stables opens again next week, and I have a ride booked for Wednesday :):):) With best regards, Jack
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    Lockdown Laughs - the Scrawl of the Wild

    The occasional joke is . . . just a joke, 2nd Tenor. It's the fact that ALL the snide cracks are ALWAYS aimed at baritones, and they aren't 'gentle banter', but downright insulting. I've been living in near enough solitary confinement for three months, now. No band rehearsals, no lessons from...
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    Lockdown Laughs - the Scrawl of the Wild

    Oh, yes, it IS you - and why is it that it's always the baritones, and ONLY the baritones, who get the abuse? Repeatedly picking on the same target for decades, for no reason at all, is a perfect definition of spite.
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    Lockdown Laughs - the Scrawl of the Wild

    Thanks for nothing. A bit of spite goes a very long way.
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    Lockdown Laughs - the Scrawl of the Wild

    Half of us will come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks. The other half will come out with a drinking problem. I used to spin that toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune. Now I turn it like I'm cracking a safe. I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator. Still...
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    Coronavirus, what might it mean to Banding

    I came across this quote in a 'Sunday Telegraph' article today, which sheds an interesting light on the apparent fatality rates of Covid-19. If the doctor the 'Telegraph' quoted is correct in her view (and I see no reason to doubt it), it raises two distinct possibilities; firstly, that the...
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