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  • RE: The "Circle of Breath"

    @Dr-GO We must be careful with ANY machines or athletic programs for muscle development. Playing the trumpet IS physical, but is fine motor activity. Building a 6 pack is mostly contraproductive as we learn to use ever more force in conjunction with our body. We need thousands of „lowest“ impact reps to develop the patterns for playing to keep tension down and still get enough development. The prepared body is something earned in this special way. I avoid all advanced development with the Circle of Breath. It is potentially detrimental as most of us do not understand the connections between body and mind that are also developed in very small steps.

    This low impact „requirement“ is actually something for life in general. Really good yoga, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique teachers only work this way. Our bad body habits are also built a little more slouch every day. Fixing them is not by force, rather gently.

    That all being said, there are many fine players that work out intensively. We have to know that they did not build their playing habits this way. Once we are at a high level of playing, our bodies are very resilient. This fact has resulted in many „brute force“ embouchure and playing methods over time. They have not withstood the test of time!

    posted in Embouchure and Air
  • RE: Jupiter 520m Shephards crook cornet

    Is there a link?

    posted in Flugelhorns & Cornets
  • RE: The "Circle of Breath"

    Thank you for digging this out. I had as much fun putting it originally together as many had after using it for a while.

    posted in Embouchure and Air
  • RE: a new way to learn scales (and a bunch of other stuff in the process)

    @Kehaulani said in a new way to learn scales (and a bunch of other stuff in the process):

    "A new way?" Where's rowuk.

    Rowuk has been in the wings (probably something wished for by many at TrumpetMaster back in the day), just watching where this stuff goes. As we can clearly see, history repeats itself.

    Scales, modes and triads are a great way to build patterns - although not new, most of us will admit that we do not practice them enough. Certainly worthy of a post in pedagogy.

    posted in Pedagogy
  • RE: LOGGING-IN PROBLEMS

    That now worked for me too!

    posted in Announcements
  • RE: LOGGING-IN PROBLEMS

    I can log in with my MacMini, but no longer with my iPad. I have changed the password, reinstalled Safari, rebooted - it simply does not work. I have found no google info on similar issues.

    I get the log in screen, enter user ROWUK and password, it just sits there.

    I suspect some hidden credential that does not allow multiple devices. Probably a setting for the admin somewhere.

    posted in Announcements
  • RE: LOGGING-IN PROBLEMS

    @OldSchoolEuph said in LOGGING-IN PROBLEMS:

    Well, changing my password does indeed seem to do the trick.

    Question is, what if you get locked out - create a new account all the time? Doesn't seem like a good approach.

    I wonder if this situation has any connection to how much shorter the list of those posting these days is relative to the list of registered users . . . .

    No, I'm not sure why people are getting locked out. I will look into it. If you feel the need to create a second account that's fine; I can delete it fairly easily anyway.

    posted in Announcements
  • RE: LOGGING-IN PROBLEMS

    That's strange. I can reset your password, if you want.

    posted in Announcements
  • RE: Valve oils

    There was another thread recently with a valve oil discussion, but I can’t find it. Anyway, what I have noticed is that Hetman leaves a lot of sticky, yellow buildup - especially in horns that are not cleaned regularly. Yamaha synthetic can turn into a hard green cement when left sitting too long, even in a brand new never used horn. Pretty much any synthetic, even when advertised as odorless has some sort of odor. A player might not notice it as much, but I sure do as a tech, especially since some days I seem to end up bathed in it. I switched to Berp for my personal horns years ago because the smells of most of the others were really bothering my sensitive sinuses, and have loved how it works. I’ve never had a horn in storage freeze up, and I don’t have to oil constantly. I’ve liked it for everything that crosses my bench because I haven’t yet found a horn it doesn’t work on. I still keep the other brands around because if I oil a new horn I’m not going to clean I like to use what it comes with, but I also haven’t found that the Berp reacts badly with most others. If you’re curious and want to try it, they sell a sample pack of the 3 piston viscosities. I find that no matter what brand you use, using a heavy rotor oil in place of slide grease on 1st and 3rd slides works super well. I swear, with as much as I’ve advertised for Berp they should pay me, but they don’t! I’ve been pushing for my work to be a dealer but they haven’t made the order yet. We’re moving to a new location soon, so that’s been the priority at the moment!

    posted in Mouthpieces & Accessories
  • RE: Stagg cornets

    Just say no!

    posted in Flugelhorns & Cornets