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    Are there less people for brass bands?

    My personal opinion is that they are not linked. An 8 year old starting brass will not care about who listens. I personally hate listening to brass bands (it's generally awful, one dimensional music often very badly played) but take away my instrument then I would rather die than not be able to...
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    Are there less people for brass bands?

    The school system can work against you too.. Where I live the brass playing at the county music service and at my local comprehensive school is utterly brilliant. The county have almost a hundred children learning brass if not more (that is not an understatement - three brass bands all...
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    On the spot

    You may change your opinion after watching Dave King conduct B&R. He gives every cue to every player every time....
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    Practice Valves

    Brilliant
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    On the spot

    The key here is to understand what went wrong in the rehearsal. Was it nerves, fatigue, adrenaline, conductor going faster (or slower) than you'd practiced or was it simply a bugger of a part to play? Until you know which one of these it was then you can't come up with a solution...
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    Practice Valves

    Snap.... it drives my wife insane!!
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    Practice Valves

    I understand Queeg2000's point although I wouldn't go as far as to automate anything.... air valves are perfectly acceptable. I will quite often sit with a difficult part (maybe at work or maybe when the kids are in bed) and practice with "air valves". It can also be incredibly useful to...
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    On the spot

    (NB - my next comment is tongue in cheek.... ) Now that's a conductor we all need at rehearsal... Was he Harry Potter?
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    On the spot

    What absolute tosh..... Typical of UK culture, it's always someone else's fault. If the conductor is not giving a clear beat or missing your cue then that's their fault however it's the conductors job to put the spotlight on players to see if they can play their part under a little pressure...
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    Practice Valves

    Just be mindful using these as they come in various strengths...I recommend the lightest possible. I was using a stronger set in the car and they have hurt my hand (not kidding)
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    Practice Valves

    I love that idea... with a play off at the end of the level against a big boss..... Can you out play Phil McCann on a slow melody or David Childs on an aire varie....
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    On the spot

    It happens to the best of us!!
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    How do you like your regional test piece?

    I'm enjoying mine :)
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    Silent Brass cheap diy option

    I think you've answered your own question... My advice, don't use a mute at all and just speed up the process
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    Fresh Blood for Old Bands

    I totally agree.. after all 15 minutes per day is still an hour and 3/4 of practice per week on top of groups and lessons they may have.... (I suspect that's probably more than most adult players).
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    Views on Vibrato

    Kind of... Thank you for everyone's input. I started the thread however to understand more about how people practice vibrato in their daily routines.
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    Dep's for contests

    I think if the availability is there kids will learn... My kids junior school had 30 beginner brass... i think it comes down to the teacher
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    Tuning and Intonation

    So do I but they are marked with a pencil line
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    Dep's for contests

    The point was in respect of a lower club gaining a player who is significantly better that the average of that division... (plus every football match is a competition) a very valid point
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    Dep's for contests

    So you've never heard of Premiership football teams "loaning" premiership standard players to lower division sides?
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