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You Should Know How To Play The Piccolo Trombone




A trombone is one of the deepest and the most powerful musical instruments which is used to create symphony, or in a marching band brass, ensemble, concert bands, and is widely enjoyed by the Jazz music lovers. It is not easy to play the instrument especially when it comes to play the piccolo trombone. They are extremely rare to find and are pitched in high e flat and b flat respectively. Only an expert trombone player can play the piccolo trombone as it is difficult to catch the notes without practice.

Playing The Trombone

Step 1:

Blow through the mouthpiece of the trombone attached to the body. Make an “O” shape from your lips and press them firmly against the mouthpiece. Deeply inhale and blow through the mouthpiece to make a sound. Make sure that the sides of your lips are tightly sealed and the center is loose for blowing. Do not puff your cheeks while blowing or you’ll be out of breath very quickly and the musical notes will be spluttered and scattered.

Step 2:

Tighten your lips to make the “tee” notes. Faster lip vibration creates higher pitch sounds. Pull back the corner of your mouth to tighten the lips to play higher notes. Your jaws should naturally raise to blow air in a downward motion. And the final sound should be tee. Stay relaxed to play better.

Step 3:

Play the “tay” sound by loosening your lips. Slow lip vibrations create a low pitch sound. Loosening the lips and dropping your jaws can create this sound. However, the air that you’re blowing should e fast and steady to create a stable sound. You need to exhale more air in order to create better quality of sound.

Step 4:

Blow harder to create a louder sound. Drop you jaws and lips to achieve a more open, rounder and brassier.

Step 5:

The above 4 steps are pointless without learning proper positions of playing. Her are seven positions that create different pitches and sounds. The first is right on the corner near the mouthpiece, where the second is a little after the first and third is right at the inner corner of the bell. The fort is right after the bell and the fifth, sixth and seventh right after the other. However, the positions might vary depending on the type of trombone you’re playing.

Practice makes it perfect. You can also practice by watching different tutorials on how to play a piccolo trombone. Practice it daily to become better!

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Scots race protests ‘must follow lockdown rules’




A number of protests are reportedly planned in Scotland amid escalating anger over the death of George Floyd in police custody in the United States.

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said he was “shocked and distressed” by events in the US, adding that “racism in all its forms is disgraceful”.

But he encouraged anyone protesting to follow guidance on outdoor gatherings.

The government’s recommendations say groups meeting outside should include no more than two households, and total a maximum of eight people.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she felt “total solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement” and said people had the right to make their voices heard in peaceful protests.

But she said this should only be done in a way that was “safe and not putting people at risk”, appealing to those organising events to discuss them with local authorities.

Unrest has been growing in the US since the death of Mr Floyd while he was being arrested by police in Minneapolis on 25 May.

A video shows a white police officer kneeling on the neck of the 46-year-old for several minutes, while Mr Floyd repeatedly says he is unable to breathe.

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The surprising meaning behind the Queen’s iconic wave revealed



His son King Edward VIII would have to visit a doctor after it began to ache from repetitive waving.

The documentary explained: “Once on tour, the prince shook so many hands he was ordered by his doctor to rest his right hand and use his left.”

As a result, to prevent injuries in future, the royal wave was made slower and more controlled.

Royal expert Victoria Arbiter explained on ABC News in 2012 that it’s “a vertical hand with a slight twist from the wrist, a classy affair that oozes decorum but doesn’t get too excitable.”

The Queen’s daughter, Anne, Princess Royal avoids shaking hands all together to protect her wrist: “The theory was that you couldn’t shake hands with everybody, so don’t start.

“So I kind of stick with that, but I noticed others don’t.”

Anne also told writer Robert Hardman for his book, Queen of the World, an incident involving some Australian students and the Queen’s hands.

The students gave her a fake hand as a gift: “They gave her a stuffed glove on a wooden lever so that you could tweak the end of the lever and this hand went to and fro.

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TheShowMustBePaused: music industry plans day of silence for George Floyd




On Tuesday, the music industry will observe a “blackout day” in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the protests raging across the country.

The demonstration stands to bring major music companies, significant pieces of a $19bn industry, to a halt. The event organizer Live Nation will “pull the plug” on its operations and close offices for the day; radio shows will go silent; MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and other ViacomCBS-owned channels will “go dark”. Spotify will add eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence to select playlists and podcasts – the length of time police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on the neck of Floyd.

The demonstration has been promoted through the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused, started by the music executives Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang, then shared by hundreds of artists including Billie Eilish, the Rolling Stones, the producer Quincy Jones, and the hip-hop radio host DJ Ebro. 

The disruption comes as many in the industry speak out against George Floyd’s death at the hands of police.

Jay-Z revealed he had spoken with the Minnesota governor, Tim Walz, about steps the state needed to take to help the black community heal. Beyoncé posted a rare recorded message to Instagram on Friday night. “We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight,” she said, bare-faced and emotional. “We’re broken and we’re disgusted. We cannot normalize this pain.”

Elsewhere, Taylor Swift decried “white supremacy” in posts on Instagram and Twitter while Ariana Grande, Halsey, Tyler, the Creator, Fiona Apple and others were all photographed participating in protests this weekend. 

Lady Gaga postponed a digital listening party for her new album to show support for the protests. “[President Trump] holds the most powerful office in the world, yet offers nothing but ignorance and prejudice while black lives continue to be taken,” she wrote. “He is fueling a system that is already rooted in racism, and racist activity, and we can all see what is happening.” 

However, some within the music industry are critical of Tuesday’s blackout. They argue that the industry has long exploited black acts and that Tuesday’s demonstration does not acknowledge or fix this. 

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