Corona Virus Etude. Enjoy.
Physician and Musician
Posts made by Dr GO
RE: Covid-19 Closing Down Music Venues
Just received this email from the leader of one of the big bands I play in:
I hope everyone is doing well, I've talked to many of you over the past week. I miss performing with you all. Several members have spoken with me about a recording from home project. So we're going to try it. We have decided to do 145 All The Way.... I will be sending out a backing track in the next couple of days, you can listen to the track and play your part along with it... You will need to video yourself playing your part on a GoPro, Tablet, or cell phone, while listening to the backing track through headphones... Once you have recorded your parts you can upload them... I will be mixing the audio.
This sounds like an innovative idea. If it happens, I will provide an update as to how this works out.
RE: The New Reality
Some creative mask use I have seen:
To me this one says: "Orange you glad I am not coughing on you"
I wonder if this one is wearing square pants:
So, do you put a lime in this one:
I am betting for this one, it's his time of the month to shop:
So to all of our members, stay safe out there and wear your masks however creative they may be.
RE: Moderator in hospital
It is a sad thing that you are sick... I hope you fine this small discussion about how to relax just by petting your dog helpful.
Of course in this example, having tetanus and rabies vaccine up to date helps.
RE: Lifetime quest finally paying off!
And after playing that double C I wasn't worth much to the band afterwards. Because I had expended most of my reserve energy.
In the Stevens-Costello method we set the embouchure to be able to blow this double C...
I knew that I was setting my embouchure as directed by Stevens-Costello... Soon as I could get notes in or around double C I took this same embouchure and worked it down to my concert B flat tuning note.
See, this is what I see more of the goal. Not to lift once that 200 lb weight but to lift that 150 lb weight easily and repetitively. I needed to develop a technique that did not allow me to fatigue playing a 4 hour gig with the Eddie Brookshire Quintet. Double C was not my goal. Lasting 4 hours for high range charts that stayed in the high range (high C to G range for a large potion of songs) was. I found on my own what I call the Phoowwww technique. I developed this as a physician, teaching over a decade of medical biochemistry and physiology to first year medical students. I put the theory behind metabolism and muscle function into practice. It achieved my goal, I can now last through a 4 hour gig with Eddie Brookshire. And a side benefit, I hit that double high C with solid attack, whenever I rarely need it. In this technique, dental position is not an issue. Its all about forming the optimal orbital mouth muscle to diminish fatigue (build up of lactic acid to this and support muscle).
That's what it is all about. Endurance. Not double C, triple C. When one had assured endurance, they play what ever they want to play with mindful security. That is the goal.
RE: Perfect Pitch
...I worked on this but found it to be a huge pain in the ass. Not that the system didn't work, it fine tuned my listening to the point that if I heard something just slightly out of tune for any period of time, it gave me a headache. I'm happy with relative pitch...
Agreed, relative pitch works for me. Relative pitch is most important to use since most of us play in ensembles consisting mostly of mere mortals... Relative works well in this context.
RE: Moderator in hospital
barliman2001. I am wishing you speedy recovery from your urgent medical matter. Thoughts of healing are going out to you. Glad to hear it's not Corona. Have been loosing some good musicians to that one. Hopefully this malady you will beat in now time and will have a speedy recovery!