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  1. Jack E

    Briefly . . .

    Well said, 2nd Tenor!! Anyone who is not only teaching newcomers to brass, but teaching them well, is making a major contribution, not only to the brass band movement in this country, but to the nation as a whole.
  2. Jack E

    Briefly . . .

    Hasbeen? Certainly true of me - as I'm no longer up to working as a fireman on steam locos, nor of riding 17 hand Thoroughbreds cross-country at a flat out gallop. But I HAVE been there, done that, and got the tee-shirt . . . and that is vastly better than being a 'never has been', eh? :cool:
  3. Jack E

    "Do NOT Try This At Home", they said.

    And the boss took one look and said: "You were only supposed to blow the ****** doors off!"
  4. Jack E

    "Do NOT Try This At Home", they said.

    . . . yes, and for an open plan living room - but not QUITE that open!! :D
  5. Jack E

    "Do NOT Try This At Home", they said.

    Oops . . . my bad . . .
  6. Jack E

    People

    There are two types of people in the world: 1. Those who can extrapolate from incomplete data; 2.
  7. Jack E

    Briefly . . .

    "Describe yourself in one word." No.
  8. Jack E

    Upper Range extension - the obvious that isn’t

    Based on my experience above, where what started out as a seemingly minor injury 46 years ago is still giving me grief, I reserve the absolute right to say "No chance, pal" if asked to push my lip to that extent. I play music for enjoyment, not to be put through a Commando boot-camp.
  9. Jack E

    Appropriate and Sustainable Practice

    "Offending the purists", Mello? It's my favourite sport! :cool: Besides, if anyone finds one of your posts rambling or offensive, is anyone forcing them to read it? If they can't handle somebody expressing an opinion which doesn't match their own, what are they doing browsing internet forums...
  10. Jack E

    Appropriate and Sustainable Practice

    Okay, Mello - give us a clue; I've read through your post several times, but I still can't see so much as a smidgen of 'rambling' in it, anywhere! Saved to my computer - and thank you!
  11. Jack E

    Don't Tangle With the Bbs . . .

    . . . but only until the train goes into a tunnel! ;)
  12. Jack E

    Don't Tangle With the Bbs . . .

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  13. Jack E

    What’s your favourite instrument and why?

    A favourite was my old and somewhat battered Boosey & Hawkes Regent baritone. She had plenty of dings, plenty of scabby bits on the plating, valves so worn that the brass was showing through - but a great instrument for learning on, because of the very tight slotting. Get your embouchure right...
  14. Jack E

    Upper Range extension - the obvious that isn’t

    Yes, indeed, 2nd Tenor - re. your point about "cold muscles are more likely to get damaged"; I'd rewrite that sentence as follows: "COLD MUSCLES ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET DAMAGED - AND THE DAMAGE CAUSED IN ONE SECOND CAN STILL BE GIVING YOU HELL TWENTY FIVE YEARS LATER!!" If you're thinking 'that...
  15. Jack E

    A Cautionary Tale!!

    You know the way toddlers get into a kick of putting things away - such as, who thinks of looking for their car keys in the coal scuttle? Take a look at these photos posted by an instrument repairer called Mike Speakman on his Facebook page - and brace yourself! :eek: By the by; Mike also makes...
  16. Jack E

    Instrument maintenance

    Further to my above post, I found this post from Tom King on another thread, which I think is worth a look:
  17. Jack E

    Instrument maintenance

    Well, our main band has instruments from a range of different makes - Yamaha, Geneva and (I think) Besson - and they don't tune up before every performance, and their intonation is good enough for them to be in the middle of the results when they contest at first section level.
  18. Jack E

    Instrument maintenance

    Oh, blimey, Hsop!! That's the stuff of NIGHTMARES!
  19. Jack E

    Instrument maintenance

    I do agree with the point made by John Brooks, re. printed hand-out sheet. Even if the player in question has had a run-through on care and maintenance, until they are really familiar with the process a single sheet checklist to help avoid overlooking something is simple enough to do, and easy...
  20. Jack E

    Instrument maintenance

    Our MD has recently devoted a large chunk of a juniors' rehearsal to teaching learners how to maintain their instruments - and pointing out the likelihood of expensive repairs being needed if they don't. I think it's unfair to expect a complete novice to appreciate the importance of this - but...
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