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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This is the longest I have gone without playing at orchestral dynamics my entire career. This should be interesting.


I wonder what you could do to get that dynamic back into your practice -- play outdoors (not sure of your neighbor situation). Nothing quite has the dynamic and acoustics of a concert hall except a concert hall, but there may be some way to make yourself play that way. Perhaps other here have an idea. I think to things of playing outdoors where there is a reflective wall, like a concrete wall or building, etc., but I am not sure. Interesting to think about though.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Episode #101

https://youtu.be/K23aXxVgDW0

I tried to keep a very dry, short articulation going on the short notes, and set up good contrast between those and the longer notes. One of the challenges was avoiding tension along the way, between the back pressure of the mute and what that style of articulation produces. I do get a little tight, but some of that was no doubt due to multiple takes. I found it tricky to time the articulation coming off of a series of slurred notes. Also fighting with my fingers a bit to keep the 16ths even (again).
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2020 4:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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.


Reading about you talk about deficiencies is kind of funny to me. since i'm just a weekend bar band hack these days, but not lately. But it drives home that we are all working on something. I look forward to seeing you again with the LA PHIL. Maybe i'll hit you up for a lesson if i decide to try to find my orchestral chops i had so many years ago. Appreciate your response to my question jim.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MrClean wrote:
Episode #101

Whatever struggles you had, they are not really apparent in the recording. Nice light and articulate touch here. Great choices.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Episode #102

https://youtu.be/CVp8wVYK7-k
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please be safe as you all celebrate Independence Day. Pandemics do not take holidays.

https://youtu.be/vZP1oKtD-UU
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MrClean wrote:
Episode #102

Particularly liked your handling of the quick descending intervals, nice delicate approach when one might be tempted to jackhammer it.

Happy Independence Day.
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Please be safe as you all celebrate Independence Day. Pandemics do not take holidays.


Thank you. Nicely done. Was playing this myself before the "reviewing stand" at our tiny Independence Day parade here in Fort Valley VA. Needless to say, not as well as you did, but still an honor to do so.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Episode #103

https://youtu.be/vIE2cjdR2d0

Endurance was the main challenge here, trying to sound strong throughout. It does get a little forced at times, but I've been hyper-sensitive to what the mic has been hearing, which has not helped to keep me loose, lol. I'm happy to say that I think I've finally cracked that nut. Unfortunately, you will not hear those results for another 23 days or so. :-/ The audio quality, as much as I cry over it, has always been secondary to this project.
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Nice work on the Snedecor etude. I love how you've given it a descriptive title too. "Trees in Italy" is is more appealing than "Etude 11" (as listed in my Lyrical Etudes vol. II book). I'm sure Phil would approve.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MrClean wrote:
Episode #103

Lovely and tastefully done.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Episode #104

https://youtu.be/xtkAp0AwFLc

Many different challenges at play here. First and foremost is endurance, saliva and breath control. I got pretty stacked on this one, particularly the last few lines, and the gaps/breathing were really affected by this - the last couple of lines were not particularly compelling, but there was only so much I could do by the time I got there. This was a brand new etude for me, so I was always concerned about "zigging when I should have zagged". This was complicated by the fact the manuscript was *really* poor. This one was chock full of cornet-style technique, so I had to brush the dust off of some of that.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good grief. I've barely had time to practice, working insane hours, and just popped in to listen to Jim knock something out.

Now, I can't decide whether my cornet would be better melted down for the metal, or made into a nice lamp. Decisions, decisions...

Nice to know what a pro can do in his "down" time, thanks Jim!
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Hi. You have mentioned the saliva issue a few times now and I was wondering if you have identified what exactly is happening and why? jw
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Hi. You have mentioned the saliva issue a few times now and I was wondering if you have identified what exactly is happening and why? jw


I think it's a combination of a few things. Fatigue can trigger saliva production, as can an extended series of articulated notes. Also, if I am employing any kind of tongue arch (which I undoubtedly do), then any saliva in the mouth is blown to the front (like spitting). Once it's in the cup, its going to be in the sound.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Episode #104This one was chock full of cornet-style technique, so I has to brush the dust off of some of that.


As I was listening, I was thinking great choice of a cornet to play a horn etude. I was thinking this is from Belloli's 12 Progressive Etudes for French Horn. Is there a cornet version out there too? Anyway, nice sound on the cornet and as usual, really nice musical choices. Quite enjoyable to listen.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Episode #106

https://youtu.be/1R9xwCBduoo

Another fun one from Phil. Going for really dry articulation where appropriate to set up a haughty, uppity character.
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MrClean wrote:
Episode #105

https://youtu.be/1R9xwCBduoo

This link leads to 106, which fits the description. Interesting title. Your lyrical handling of it makes it a little less pompous than it might be in other hands. These Collins etudes are really quite a great selection.

105 Brandt #1 I really liked the way you softened the martial tone of this by the handling of the longer notes and the continuity. It was subtle but had quite an amazing effect on the musicality of the presentation. Some great lessons here.
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Episode #107

https://youtu.be/YpUIKD8K1P0

Trying to maintain good rhythmic snap throughout, to varying degrees of success. I am also shooting for good width on the slurred triplets so the intervals do not compress. To some degree, endurance also came into play that day.
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Hi. I noticed you occasionally use hand vibrato instead of or in addition to lip vibrato. Mind explaining? And please don't send me a bill. jw
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