Took up trumpet as a child and went on to knock out quite a few decent tunes. Sadly he passed away at 91 after breaking his femur a few days ago.
This is a nice reading of my favourite Morricone number.
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RE: Vernacular (of range)
@Dr-GO - I had the same problem when I got a C trumpet a few years back. The "one crazy trick" that worked for me was to play the same tunes, reading on the Bb and C Real Books on Bb and C horns. This seemed to break the connection between seeing a note on a page, using a certain fingering and hearing a "wrong" note. It worked very quickly and also, the intonation problems with the C trumpet magically disappeared.
Playing from a chart was easy to fix, playing by ear or jazz soloing on the C horn is in the too hard basket.
RE: Covid-19 Closing Down Music Venues
@Dr-GO I read your account of dealing with Covid-19 patients with horror. Please stay safe while you do this mighty work.
@ROWUK NZ has the advantage of being one of the most geographically isolated countries in the world. Nonetheless, along with Australia where I live, and I guess most places in the world was faced with an initial steep curve of newly discovered cases of this disease. I visit (using present tense hopefully) NZ a few times a year for work and the Kiwi population seems to have a great team spirit. Support for the incumbent government is evenly divided, but as a nation they pulled together and went hard early with social distancing rules.
In Australia, where we are down to a few new cases a day, our federal government and state premiers (=US Governers) formed a national cabinet and decisions on shutting down were largely carried out on a consensus basis. There is a bit of politicking around reopening particularly where a couple of states closed borders, but by and large we're moving forward. I guess the takeaway from this is that litereally, "disunity is death".
As for the music business, and arts/entertainment in general, the situation is dire. Job support schemes have not applied to people in the transient gig economy, so musicians have been left high and dry. This sector represents about 6% of our GDP, yet as in the rest of the world, has made a massive contribution to keeping the rest of the population from going stir crazy whilst shut in at home. SNAFU?
First time album from a bunch of late bloomers
G&T Jazz is a band put together by Gill (vocals and songwriter) and Tiina (piano) who I was fortunate to meet with at a part time college course a few years back. We've had a great time playing local jazz festivals. The collection of original material has grown so we thought it time to record an album.
Eight tracks, six originals can be heard here...
Our YouTube channel has just the one video so far, but should grow when I get time to do some more video editing (and hopefully figure how to keep picture and sound synced through YouTube's transcoding).
@BigDub I would like to see a photo of it finished too The photo was taken after it was dragged out of the shed and rolled over after the hull was painted. Sadly, I no longer have the luxury of a shed big enough to hold the beast as the property was sold after a separation. These days it is outside and as we head into our winter, I'm trying to get a layer of fibreglass onto the cabin and cockpit before it gets covered again.
There is an interesting parallel (for me) between boat building and trumpet playing - ambition frequently outstrips ability and a work-around has to be found!
Diving into woodworking with a CNC router is an interesting place to start. The real joy of woodworking (JMHO) is working with hand tools. I do have a good collection of power tools and use them to relieve the drudgery and hard yards of some jobs, but there's nothing quite like watching wood shavings peel out of a hand plane.
Here's a long term project that's nearing completion - hand and power tools used, but not much opportunity for assistance from CNC gear...