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    Returning to Group Playing, What’s your Band doing?

    Late March 2021. I’m wondering what other groups are doing now and what they plan to do? My own Band has some provisional bookings, we’re supportive on-line and many of us have been vaccinated; so we’re pushing towards that light at the end of the tunnel.
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    The picture which inspired Victorian Snapshots

    Interesting concept that; I’m inclined to think that such drawings captured the spirit of the event rather than all of the physical detail. A (skilfully taken) photograph might capture the spirit of an event too, and it captures much more detail. From time to time I wonder about rotary valves...
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    Returning to Group Playing, What’s your Band doing?

    Thank you for you kind comments. ‘Facing the facts without flinching’ and ‘grasping the nettle’ is no doubt the right way forward, the way to go. However, I’m also sure that many of us feel so worn and bruised by the last year that such an approach feels beyond what we can support - or rather we...
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    Returning to Group Playing, What’s your Band doing?

    I think that it’s been difficult on all of us and whilst I don’t think that Jack’s analysis is completely correct I’ve a deal of sympathy for him. The last year has been pretty hard on me too and in our own individual pains we can more easily see the suffering of others. The lockdowns and SAGE...
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    Returning to Group Playing, What’s your Band doing?

    It’s a while since any of us did much playing and I’m wondering what the future might bring ... as opposed to what we would like or demand the future to bring. The vaccination program is going forward at a pace and both infection rates and deaths are falling, well that’s the case in the...
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    Did you ever wonder why your ears and your tuner disagree?

    Thanks for that link, I hardly ever visit Trombone sites now (‘cause I’m now a Bass player) but I plan to go back and read that thread properly. I remember Robcat from Trombone Chat’s predecessor; IMHO Robcat’s a clever chap and an able musician, I’ve got a lot of time and respect for him ...
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    Left-handed trombone players...

    IIRC not all slides are identical on each leg and triggers are certainly handed, but really isn’t the handing of a Trombone a non-issue? It might take a little time to get used to but using the slide with your non-dominant hand surely cannot be that hard. When I drive my car I use my...
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    oldie; Beginning trombone. Played in Abingdon Band yrs ago --bass trom. So much forgotten! Live witney . Retired teacher. Took grade 2 piano 2017. 25

    IIRC Witney has a Brass Band so get in contact with them. You’re not far out of Oxford either and there’s a couple of Bands there too. MoominDave here is a first class Bass Trombone player in Oxford (Kiddlington Brass), if you send him a private message then he might have some local contacts and...
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    CWS Manchester band.

    Hello Stuart and welcome. This site is but a small shadow of its previous self but its archive can be very helpful and someone might pop in and offer help from time to time. In a way now is a good time to return to Banding, well good in that there’s opportunity to regain skills and that when...
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    Returning to Group Playing, What’s your Band doing?

    Interesting point in that without some form of certification one can only believe what ailment one has suffered rather than prove it. I don’t doubt that there are several nasty bugs in circulation at the moment - CV19 might be dominant but the other stuff isn’t necessarily displaced by it. Do...
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    Greetings from Michigan

    “A long time ago, I read a book about motorcycle engineering, written by Phil Irving, who designed the Vincent 1000cc V-twins, and he stressed the importance of what he called 'proportional tuning'. His approach was to ensure that an appropriate state of tune was chosen for the bike, depending...
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    Greetings from Michigan

    Some Brass Band players do have egos but by and large there’s always an adjacent player with a large pin ready to ‘pop’ someone’s inflated ego. Brass Bands are a lot about team work too whereas some other music groups are more about individuals. Most people tend to hang on to what instruments...
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    Returning to Group Playing, What’s your Band doing?

    Another unhappy bunny here. I have no doubt that CV19 is a real and contagious hazard that does kill, so I’m keeping my head down and doing my best to shield from it. If I’d wanted to then up until today I could could have mixed at quite close quarters with others in a pub or restaurant/cafe but...
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    Greetings from Michigan

    Welcome to tmp, I hope that you will find support here and maybe be able to offer something to others at some point too. Whilst I did try them out I’m neither a Cornet or a Trumpet player; other instruments seemed to suit me better and to me being a part of the Band and playing my part in what...
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    CHRISTMAS CHARITY COLLECTING BY CARD

    Gosh, one lives and learns - and yes I don’t often visit City Centres. Personally I’d be very wary of using a Busker’s card machine but I guess that others are either more trusting or more ‘on to’ the technology than me.
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    CHRISTMAS CHARITY COLLECTING BY CARD

    It’s going to be interesting to see what happens this Christmas and at the moment it’s anybody’s guess. I think that some bands are finding ways to play in a modified form, but how will that will work in the longer term? With CV19 becoming more active again I’d be surprised if the footfall at...
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    Baritone review

    I’m not saying that they will be particularly helpful but suggest that you try (wade through) these threads: https://www.themouthpiece.com/threads/john-packer-jp-173-baritone-first-impressions.54886/#post-878601...
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    Baritone review

    If he doesn’t answer for himself then I suggest that you contact Jack E. IIRC correctly he used to play a Regent and then he moved onto a Packer (which he was even more pleased with). Not sure which Packer range though and some are better than others.
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    Is it me or does no one post here anymore?

    Yep, I think it would make a World of difference to Banding in general. It all seems a long time ago now but most of what my own Band plays is reasonably melodic but IMHO a lot of Brass Band music is ostentatious cr#p that has got little to no entertainment value. What Jack is doing in these...
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    Converting a Bb or Eb instrument to C

    Some Trombones are available in C and in a way that’s an easy option (eg. John Packer JP138 Bb/C Trombone). Some folk also just learn a new set of fingering (or shifts) to play what they have as if the instrument was build in a different pitch. Cutting a Baritone would be the easiest way to get...
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