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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The room is very small. 7x9 with 7' ceiling, hard surfaces. It's loud. There's no room for the sound to stretch out. My old house had better options - this one, not so much.

Yes. Very tough unless you "dry" out the space somewhat. I see what you are up against. That said, you are doing a great job of your recordings considering the space you are working in. Thanks for all the effort and expense in that area too.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Episode #95

https://youtu.be/LRU77J4FaiE

This one was a bear for me, for whatever reason. I got a little banged up on a couple of previous attempts to get it. I think it was a combination of the very soft playing on the first page - sometimes not enough volume to keep the horn off my teeth. Then Phil ratchets the dynamics up to near orchestral, and even though I have been playing constantly for the last three and a half months, I am not in "orchestral" shape. I don't play that loudly in this tiny room. The actual lick from the 1st Eb part happens 3/4 of the way through, and it's hard to not try to play as I would in the orchestra. It does come off forced, but it came out, haha. We just played Heldenleben a few months ago, and that's the part I normally play. The entire part is not as taxing a this etude was for me...
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cgaiii wrote:
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The room is very small. 7x9 with 7' ceiling, hard surfaces. It's loud. There's no room for the sound to stretch out. My old house had better options - this one, not so much.

Yes. Very tough unless you "dry" out the space somewhat. I see what you are up against. That said, you are doing a great job of your recordings considering the space you are working in. Thanks for all the effort and expense in that area too.


Thanks. I reoriented myself in the room today. I have been playing almost directly into a wall to try to minimize the volume of room on the back side of the mic, but I went back to the old seating position, as I have built a foam ox around the mic to catch the rear reflections. Initial results are a little promising. Certainly more comfortable to play this way.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Episode #96

https://youtu.be/wQMds_Q0_MU

Another etude for which I unfortunately do not have a composer's name. The biggest hurdles in this one were endurance and control.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I liked the intensity you brought to this one. The sound was somewhat piercing, but appropriate for the etude. It gave it the intensity. It kind of gave the trumpet that sound that Altenburg describes as "rage" (not evil rage, but good rage, which I equate with intensity, a more martial feel, the essence of trumpet as he describes it).
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was the sound of me forcing my way to the end, haha. Seriously, there is some very inefficient playing on the 2nd page. I may be in etude shape, but I am not in orchestral shape.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MrClean wrote:

The room is very small. 7x9 with 7' ceiling, hard surfaces. It's loud. There's no room for the sound to stretch out. My old house had better options - this one, not so much.


Such a room may be quite OK for a piano but for trumpet? Not quite in my book.

Although my room is quite a bit bigger I still reckon that at 12' 6" x 9' 6' it's too small! So ... when the wife's away I move to the family room that is much more like a small hall at 32 ft x 9' 6"with an 8 ft ceiling.

Seems like there is nothing quite like a room's volume to provide some ambience for the trumpet.

Notwithstanding your small room, Jim, the recordings, for me, are great.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MrClean wrote:
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Another etude for which I unfortunately do not have a composer's name. The biggest hurdles in this one were endurance and control.


The hurdles are not obvious to me listening. Very lovely tone and lyricism. I just enjoyed this one.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Episode #97

https://youtu.be/CVebJP6d1dk

Another gem from Phil Collins. The biggest factor, by a long-shot, was endurance on this one, followed closely by just getting the last two measures to come out. Low and soft at the end of 3:15 of almost continuous playing is way outside of my wheelhouse, and it shows a little bit. :-/ The other thing that was a bit of a stretch for me was trying to create the right mood. This is a very different style of playing than what I normally do for a living, the exaggerated vibrato, etc. Mixed results if I'm being honest.

This is another in a (continuing) series of experimentation. The sound gets a bit hot and raw here, most likely as a result of me being too close to the mic or having the gain a tad high. This mic is extremely revealing of any imperfection, and saliva in the cup, etc., especially at this proximity.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what a great sound. thank you. jw
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Episode #98

https://youtu.be/5PJq8cD8ky4

This etude exploits what I believe to be one of the weaker aspects of my playing: fingers. I am getting better, but there is still quite a bit of uneven spacing between the 16ths. There are some gnarly slurred intervals, too. Another awkward part of this etude is keeping track of when it shifts from purely chromatic - it's very easy to get complacent and just play a series of half-steps. My brain does not process what I see nearly as quickly as it used to, so I pretty much have to memorize something like this and use the music as a prompt.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MrClean wrote:
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Another gem from Phil Collins. The other thing that was a bit of a stretch for me was trying to create the right mood. This is a very different style of playing than what I normally do for a living, the exaggerated vibrato, etc. Mixed results if I'm being honest.

This is another in a (continuing) series of experimentation. The sound gets a bit hot and raw here, most likely as a result of me being too close to the mic or having the gain a tad high. This mic is extremely revealing of any imperfection, and saliva in the cup, etc., especially at this proximity.


I thought you did very well setting the mood. In fact, after I listened and before I read your comments, my first thought was to say how well you handled the delicate nature of this one. The fact that the mic reveals imperfections is a testament to how well you handled it. I did not really feel the rawness of it. Just very direct sound, which is not bad.
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MrClean wrote:
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.... I pretty much have to memorize something like this and use the music as a prompt.

I find this to be true of lots of music.
This really messes with you in terms dropping a half-tone here and there in a chromatic run. Very tough to keep it musical like you did. It may be hard, but you did a great job with it. Those are long runs of 16th notes with distractions to throw your timing off.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Episode #99

https://youtu.be/KO07JvAepCc


Striving for very consistent ping and clarity on all my fronts regardless of register or dynamic, keeping a lot of energy in the sound. Also working on demonstrating good dynamic contrast.
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Striving for very consistent ping and clarity on all my fronts regardless of register or dynamic, keeping a lot of energy in the sound. Also working on demonstrating good dynamic contrast.


I think you nailed it Jim. Nice rousing, galloping one to brighten up my late morning today! Really liked the way it was not over-tongued, just the right touch to make it crisp. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Episode #100

https://youtu.be/uzAvxeBv6U4
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Episode #100

https://youtu.be/uzAvxeBv6U4


Bravo Jim!
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MrClean wrote:
Episode #100

https://youtu.be/uzAvxeBv6U4


that was inspiring, 100 episodes also is inspiring. Wondering, do you think your trumpet skill set has improved or worsened during the creation of these 100 episodes, or remained the same, your personal thoughts about where your playing is away from your main gig with the LA Phil?

thanks again for all of these Jim.

regards,

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krell1960 wrote:
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Episode #100

https://youtu.be/uzAvxeBv6U4


that was inspiring, 100 episodes also is inspiring. Wondering, do you think your trumpet skill set has improved or worsened during the creation of these 100 episodes, or remained the same, your personal thoughts about where your playing is away from your main gig with the LA Phil?

thanks again for all of these Jim.

regards,

Tom


It has definitely made me aware of some deficiencies, things that don't pop up that often in my job (like finger dexterity, and to some degree flexible - slurring awkward intervals, particularly without valve changes). While I have had to work on some of that to get some semblance of an etude, I know as soon as I stop working on it, it goes away. I think my range has come some a smidge, because I have not needed much beyond a concert C for these, but I can spin that back up pretty quickly. Probably the biggest thing that has atrophied is orchestral dynamics/power, because there is only so much of that I can do in a very small room. It is always a bit of a shock coming off of a vacation thinking you are in shape only to realize how small everything gets. To some extent, the room is a point of resistance, and I feel like I'm falling into a big hall when I first get into one. This is the longest I have gone without playing at orchestral dynamics my entire career. This should be interesting.
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MrClean wrote:
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Quite a milestone Jim. I hope you do not have to do another 100 for the sake of the orchestra being on leave, but if you do so, I will be listening. Great work on making Charlier 8 your own. I like how you kept even throughout the range. Thanks for sticking with this.
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