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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.


Dec
18
comment What can I do to minimize damage to my picking hand wrist as I practice guitar?
+1 for the violin bow-hold suggestion. So many materials out there for that purpose, and relevant to many instruments.
Dec
14
answered How do I make piano chords sound interesting when playing along with popular songs?
Dec
10
comment Bass Trombone Sound
Depends how much edge we're talking, but I'd agree with that. However I do hear additional edge and possibly… spread? to the sound of a lot of jazz bass bone players. I guess I hear a good classical bass trombonists sound as having a good core with a bit of edge, while a good jazz player's tone has an intense core with a very spread edge to the sound (though controlled). I imagine I'm not describing this well enough though, and I'm definitely overanalyzing it. ;)
Dec
4
comment Bass Trombone Sound
This isn't a full answer, but try giving your embouchure just a little more "pucker," and evaluating your sound. (VERY slightly more "pucker," like try just thinking about it at first!) Also, record yourself. The sound is very different on the other side of the bell. As a note, you may want to clarify: is your year on bass trombone your first year on a brass instrument, or did you switch from tenor trombone a year ago? It makes a difference to the recommendations you're likely to get, so I'd modify your question to clarify that. Welcome to the site!
Dec
4
comment What is a depressed larynx?
Fantastic background overview before your main answer; it went far to ensure anyone reading it understands the actual answer about depressing your larynx. I too had difficulties for awhile, and still do when I'm fatigued.
Dec
1
answered Resources for learning to play the recorder
Nov
29
answered Working on trombone sound
Nov
29
comment Sousaphone for child
Great overview, and HUGE props for the "throw out the starting mouthpiece and get a 'small shank' Bach 6-1/2AL" comment. I HATE starting beginners on those tiny mouthpieces… even for trombone; it just makes it more difficult for them to form a good tone. After about a month, in my opinion their tone outgrows what the 12c's can do for them.
Nov
27
comment How does the Risset Rhythm work?
Yep, definitely seems to be the same principle. I can hear the same thing going on; in fact, I could concentrate and isolate the slower rhythms fairly easily in this recording: swiki.hfbk-hamburg.de:8888/MusicTechnology/uploads/826/…
Nov
26
comment Is it a typo or how do I play it?
+1 for the "communicating the intended sound" comment. That's the purpose of notation, and it's not, nor should it ever be, a perfect system.
Nov
22
comment Manufacturer claims guitar's sound will improve the more I play it. Is that true?
I've also heard such explanations from luthiers as: the glue on the braces relaxes a bit, the bent wood of the sides relaxes into it's shape, and the molecules of the finish gradually relax. I think it's one of those things that's a combination of so many different factors, we'll never really know for sure. But it happens!
Nov
21
answered What's a good Android app for tuning a brass instrument
Nov
15
answered How can I multitrack record my band practices?
Nov
13
comment How do I know when to stop singing?
I agree that the sensations are similar but distinct. The main difference for me, is when I'm just "tired," I can feel myself supporting the tone, and my whole body is engaged. When I'm strained, all that is there is the stress/fatigue in my throat.
Nov
5
comment I've learned the 40 essential rudiments for snare drum. Where do I go next?
I second the hybrid rudiments idea. Good stuff!
Nov
2
answered How do I identify the first 4 notes in this song?
Nov
2
comment Can you start playing piccolo without playing the flute?
Also from a music educators perspective…I have to ask: why piccolo for fun?
Nov
2
answered Can you start playing piccolo without playing the flute?
Oct
28
comment Does one play a song better after “sleeping on it”?
I've noticed in many areas as well, including attention span. I put off a music history paper… perhaps a little longer than I should have… but instead of staying up all night to finish, I went to bed and got up earlier to finish. I was able to retain my concentration, and in fact seemed to connect the ideas I'd read about the day prior much more easily than as I was digesting them. It's an interesting phenomena, but I believe it's also one of the theories for why sleep evolved: to give our brain time to form and cement connections learned during the day.
Oct
28
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