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bio website joshfieldsphotography.com
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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.


Oct
24
comment Should I retrain myself to be a right handed drummer?
As long as you CAN play either way, then you should train to do each equally well. I've known one person who played the way you mention, and it was a struggle for him to constantly swap equipment around. If you can do either, you'll be a stronger player for it. If you can't do either, and you commonly play other folks' kits, you should make sure you play in the traditional manner.
Oct
24
comment What are the objective differences between the guitar and the piano?
At first I agreed with you on the dissonance comment, but after fooling around on my guitar, I think it depends on your ear… what you find pleasant, and also on the quality of the guitar, strings and tuning. I played on two different guitars, and my good one had some pleasant-sounding whole-step dissonances, whereas my dad's old chinese beater sounded terrible. In both cases, the dissonances needed to be on the highest three strings to not sound muddy, but the piano (for me) is the same way.
Oct
14
comment What is the best way to work on my fret hand finger independence?
@UlfÅkerstedt, I've found that technique useful on every instrument I've ever played. It prevents you from getting hung up on difficulties related to the rhythm, and it also better trains your muscles to play other phrases that are similar in the future.
Oct
11
comment Why isn't there a reed aerophone with valves?
+1 I already knew this in a simple sense, but this explanation is great! Simple and clear, yet hits every point, including the tuning combinations.
Oct
6
comment How to keep practicing to compose music when you're too picky to listen to yourself playing
Sometimes I'll walk away for a week or more… it helps me be more fairly critical, without having any attachment to the work. Usually, I end up liking it more than I did while I was creating it!
Sep
22
comment I want to learn how to sing. Where do I start?
@bobobobo, I agree with you to a point. But you don't want to wait long before seeking a lesson or three from a teacher. Certainly don't begin heavy practicing in earnest without seeking a teacher's advice. I don't think it'd be good advice to NOT practice… but take it easy, so you don't harm your voice.
Aug
16
comment Attacking lower notes on trombone
@NReilingh, that's been my experience as well. Mixing around equipment just spells disaster for me. I can get adequate results out of any matching equipment (adequate by my standards), but as soon as I vary just one component a bunch, everything starts to unravel.
Aug
5
comment Why does conventional playing style give the string manipulation to the left hand?
Just a point to add… I think that fingers on either hand are often (nearly) equally dexterous, it's the wrists, alignment, and as @VariableLost mentioned briefly, spatial coordination that differs so greatly. For example, I can type equally well with both hands, and though I can play the piano slightly better with my right, it's not a large difference, and that does require wrist movement/spatial coordination as well. Both hands have difficult to work to do, but they're difficult in different ways.
Jul
30
comment How can I avoid making unpleasant facial expressions when playing difficult chords?
@NReilingh, Yes, Alessi eyebrows. Completely worth it with his playing though… As with her faces… I've seen videos of her before, but the singing is worth it!
Jul
25
comment How can I avoid making unpleasant facial expressions when playing difficult chords?
A pretty famous trombone player makes many facial expressions, especially with his eyebrows, while playing. The way he has said it, it's because he's concentrating so much on the tiny variations in his embouchure and the aperture in his lips. As Dr. Mayhem said, you'll be forgiven a lot of things once you can play well, and he's one of the best in the world.
Jul
14
comment Is there a defined note for the triangle?
In general it's an non-pitched sounding tone, I find. With the overtones present in the sound of most triangles, It's difficult to pin down to a single pitch without another reference. You can certainly tell whether one triangle is lower or higher… but by how much is getting too fine, in my opinion. As NReilingh said, there's no standard note, and I would say that most triangle manufacturers try to get as far from a defined "note" as possible.
Jul
5
comment Fingertip sensitivity/pain related to nail separation
I've had that problem too! It feels to me (since it's so sudden and so excruciating) that it's some sort of nerve hypersensitivity. Just like you say, the slightest pressure.. even typing at a keyboard, causes pain. Mine is so severe when it happens, there's no way I'd be able to play guitar… but it usually only lasts… I don't know… half an hour? At the most an hour, I'd say.
Jun
28
comment Should “Ooh” be sung as “oo” or “oh”?
The h not technically changing the pronunciation of either is a good point. I've always seen a long held out "oh" notated with an underscore, never ooh. Also, in popular usage (Facebook, texting, etc. I think a held out "oh" would be "ohhhh." Although the h's are still silent so… go figure.
Jun
18
comment How to close the gap between ideas and capabilities when improvising?
That's completely true for trombone too… again, at least for me, but if I struggle enough to make it rock-solid at slower speeds, it gets much cleaner and crisper at the higher speeds.
Jun
18
comment Does a trigger trombone sound the same as a traditional trombone?
You hit just about every point I was going to make!
Jun
10
comment What is the difference between a riff and a lick?
I'm glad someone else agrees with me! You went very in-depth, and have some great examples.
Jun
1
comment What kind of pre-requisites do I need in order to start learning violin?
+1 That's a great point! I'm not sure it's the most important though, since if you don't have a violin, there's nothing to make terrible noises… :)
May
31
comment Playing the “fail” sound effect on a guitar?
@WheatWilliams, I could be wrong, but from what I know that's used more in jazz, and is a descending riff from a single note used for effect, usually in the trumpets using a half-valve technique. We occasionally get it in the bone section, but have to be careful not to get to "glissy." All of the "fail" sound effects I have heard have used short glissandos upward to each target note, and then move down by semi-tones. I'm not sure there's any better description than the "fail sound!"
May
30
comment How can I overcome the fear of performing in front of an audience?
I agree, for the most part, but I have to say that sometimes the anxiety is about simply being in front of people, not necessarily the act of playing/performing. I have to also agree with the comment on the question: don't think about it right before the performance! If you've practiced it enough, things will go fine, if you haven't, last-minute thinking won't help. On the other hand, in my experience, it CAN hurt.
May
14
comment Why is the highest frequency on a piano 4186 Hertz?
A whole different angle, but also right on.