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bio website joshfieldsphotography.com
location New Hampshire
age 25
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I'm a music educator, trombonist, photographer, amateur guitarist and technology aficionado. I enjoy thinking and learning about an incredibly wide range of subjects, from astrophysics and biology to geology, politics, volcanology and zoology. As a result, I have an incredible ability to get completely lost on the internet.


Jan
26
answered What is the American system for graded teaching/examination of beginner musicians?
Jan
20
answered Remove Mouthpiece Tarnish
Jan
18
comment The vocabulary of directions in fretted instruments
This is great. I personally doubt there'll be any way to completely clear the confusion, but I'm interested to see what people have to say about this!
Jan
17
answered When I do a pulloff on strings 2-5, how do I prevent my finger from muting other strings?
Jan
17
answered Assess child's ability or interest in music and piano
Jan
17
comment Barre chords are difficult to play on my acoustic guitar
Very true; it's all a balancing act. I think like M. Werner said, a good setup may allow heavier gauge strings with the same fretting ability as lighter ones before the setup. Obviously I don't recommend sacrificing playability for tone; I'm primarily a brass player, so I'm more the opposite!
Jan
16
comment Barre chords are difficult to play on my acoustic guitar
+1 for the impact those extra-light strings are likely having on the guitar's sound. I've never been able to go even to actual light strings, they just don't have the tone I'm after.
Jan
15
comment How do I clean the windway on my recorder?
Dishwashing soap (hand) should be fine. Anything you'd use on your tupperware. I don't know if most plastic recorders can be pulled apart enough for what you describe. I would use the pipe cleaner wherever it can go, soak it in warm soapy water, pipe cleaner again, repeat if necessary.
Jan
14
answered How do I clean the windway on my recorder?
Jan
13
comment How many keys should I require for a keyboard for ABRSM piano exams?
@Victor I wasn't aware they'd changed the engine. The last time I played a bunch was about a year and a half ago, although it was in a noisy music store so… yeah you can't judge too harshly in that situation I guess! I guess I thought the student was not that "serious" (whoa subjective term) as they were debating about getting a less-than-88-key-piano. It all depends on what their goals are, but for students with higher-level playing such as college in mind, I think your recommendations are on the money.
Jan
13
comment Can an accidental carry over to the next measure?
You speak the truth! But courtesy accidentals make my sight-reading worse on trombone. However, not on piano. So weird.
Jan
13
comment How many keys should I require for a keyboard for ABRSM piano exams?
The Yamaha graded hammer action digitals without cabinet are okay in my book for practice. Unless you plan to do use a digital piano for primary gigging, as in MOST of your playing, I see little reason to spend an outrageous amount of money for a moderate increase in playability. For example I've played a large number of digital pianos, and though the expensive ones have a lot of things going for them, they don't feel ENOUGH different from my Yamaha P-80 to justify paying more. Again, unless that's your primary instrument. If that's the case, by all means, go crazy.
Jan
12
comment Sight reading by computer: can anyone suggest a usb-to-MIDI interface for Win 7 64-bit?
Unfortunately Dr. Mayhem is right, this is a question that would be better answered by looking at specs of various models. That said, I will also say that you will almost certainly not find anything in that price range that will work. If you spend closer to 20-40, your chances get much much higher. The M-audio Midisport series would likely be a good fit.
Jan
12
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Jan
11
answered What should I look for when buying a used trombone?
Jan
10
answered Bring Your Own Mic
Jan
5
comment Resources for learning to play the recorder
Two liters of air per minute of sustained sound… no, just kidding.
Jan
4
comment Resources for learning to play the recorder
I think we just have different perspectives of "softly." I may have exaggerated some in my answer, as, from what I've seen, the exaggeration is what gets students to play with the correct amount of air. I've played recorders from quite a few price points, and not a one has been able to take anything close to the amount of air most other wind instruments require. Perhaps I'm coming at it only from "prior-instrumental-experience" and a "teaching-third-graders" perspectives, but from what I've seen, almost everyone will overblow so that the sound, like you say, splits.
Jan
3
comment What are the indicators of a quality electric guitar neck?
I think you hit the nail on the head with the return policy; there's really just no way to be sure of something like this, sight unseen.
Jan
1
comment Tool to adjust truss rod on a bass guitar
It's hard to tell from this angle, but you MAY be able to use a good pair of needle nose pliers. (Not the real pointy kind). I've had good luck in situations like this with the pliers on my SOG multi-tool. Keep a close eye to make sure you're turning the amount you want, though! If not, a ¼ drive Craftsman 5/16 socket might just barely make it, (looking at the set I've got) but you'd probably have to use a universal joint in order to use the ratchet.