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bio website joshfieldsphotography.com
location New Hampshire
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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
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
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.
Dec
30
comment What are the characteristics of Negro Spiritual vocal arrangements?
With regards to your anecdote… been there, done that! It was amazing to all of us that he couldn't hear how wrong it sounded.
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
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.
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
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
comment Can you start playing piccolo without playing the flute?
Also from a music educators perspective…I have to ask: why piccolo for fun?