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  1. HelenPlaysBaritone

    Coronavirus, what might it mean to Banding

    The problem with the "personal responsibility" argument is that people don't make decisions in isolation. There's a lot of social pressure to attend the Area if your band is going, the performance ethic means that you don't want to let your band down.
  2. HelenPlaysBaritone

    Coronavirus, what might it mean to Banding

    Brass Bands England are with you on this and have slated both the NoEBBC and WoEBBC organisers for holding their contests. Anyone accusing you of withdrawing for unsporting reasons needs to have a word with themselves.
  3. HelenPlaysBaritone

    Lockdown and dentist

    Still is: Recorder
  4. HelenPlaysBaritone

    Any advice on new Bb Trombone?

    What's wrong with it? Could it be repaired? If you could clean it and drop it off at a repairer, then collect it when fixed, you'd get it back sooner than lockdown will lift and still have most of your money left to buy an upgrade when lockdown finally lifts.
  5. HelenPlaysBaritone

    Tune Association Thread 3

    Post Horn Gallop
  6. HelenPlaysBaritone

    Lockdown Laughs - the Scrawl of the Wild

    I'll know that all my daily Arban in lockdown is having an effect when the cat doesn't flee when I get the trombone out.
  7. HelenPlaysBaritone

    Ergobrass - anyone use one?

    I don't know which of your arms has the rotator cuff problem nor where you put your left hand. If it's your left arm affected, try adjusting your left-hand position. Prior to my injury I put my left-hand on the valve casing, rather than wrapping my arm around the instrument and putting my hand...
  8. HelenPlaysBaritone

    Murton Colliery Band to fold

    The secretary says we have 21 blue jackets in various sizes. PM me a phone number and I'll pass it on to her.
  9. HelenPlaysBaritone

    Murton Colliery Band to fold

    I'll ask the secretary. Whilst I can't deny that the band caused some of its own problems, there is a bigger structural problem here as well. In County Durham, the kids getting LEA brass lessons are taught exclusively on orchestral instruments and are often steered by their instrumental...
  10. HelenPlaysBaritone

    Murton Colliery Band to fold

    This announcement was posted by the committee on Facebook. "Formed in 1884, Murton Colliery Brass band is one of the few bands in the north east of England who retain their colliery name. Unfortunately over the last two years the band has been struggling with the numbers of players coming...
  11. HelenPlaysBaritone

    Ergobrass - anyone use one?

    I used one for baritone (Besson Sovereign three-valve with compensation) for years before moving to trombone, in order to play with the left hand (I injured my right ring finger whilst playing a very stiff-valved instrument in the cold and it never recovered: morals of the story are "stop if it...
  12. HelenPlaysBaritone

    Tenor trombonist seeks band near Gateshead

    I'm looking for a contesting band in the third or fourth section within driving distance of Gateshead. I'm willing to try to learn bass clef but not to move to a valved instrument, I have a wrist injury that stops me from pressing the third valve. I have commitments to honour with my current...
  13. HelenPlaysBaritone

    Absolute beginner torn between playing Baritone/Euphonium or Trombone

    I possibly wasn't very clear: when I said "picture", I meant the image at the bottom showing how far out the slide travels for each position. As @2nd tenor said, they are a starting point and need to be tweaked ad hoc, but they are still an improvement over @PeterBale's suggestion of trial and...
  14. HelenPlaysBaritone

    Absolute beginner torn between playing Baritone/Euphonium or Trombone

    There's a picture of the positions at Trombone
  15. HelenPlaysBaritone

    Absolute beginner torn between playing Baritone/Euphonium or Trombone

    Hi Custard107 and welcome. I play as a hobby. A large part of that is playing with an amateur British-style brass band. Playing as a hobby doesn't have to mean--and IMO shouldn't mean--going it alone. I do the hard work at home to play my musical line correctly, but it's in the band that I...
  16. HelenPlaysBaritone

    Brighouse to recruit women

    I hope you're taking the mick there! The tendancy of certain people to cheat is their fault and their problem, and should not be used as an excuse to discriminate. According to today's Metro newspaper, Brighouse have taken on Laura Hirst. This is corroborated at B&R's list of players on...
  17. HelenPlaysBaritone

    RIP Lenny Old

    The band for the funeral is being organised by Susan Hayton, NRBBT secretary. Contact details and more details as they arise: http://www.brassbandtrust.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=39 I offer my condolences to Len's family.
  18. HelenPlaysBaritone

    Euph/bari wanting a blow in Midhurst area

    I'm heading to Sussex for a couple of weeks and am looking to have a blow with a local brass or wind/military band in/near Midhurst. I have mouthpieces but will need to borrow an instrument. Preference will be given to bands that are accessible by bus from Midhurst or very near, as I am...
  19. HelenPlaysBaritone

    Durham Mineworkers Gala... Who's going?

    PS: They're here again this year, 2pm at the Racecourse on Gala day.
  20. HelenPlaysBaritone

    Durham Mineworkers Gala... Who's going?

    Yes: I thought that Jaipur Kawa were very good.
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