nezzyonbrass.com http://www.nezzyonbrass.com the wacky world of brass musicians Sat, 12 Aug 2017 08:39:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Circle of Fifths Explained – Notes Chords and Keys http://www.nezzyonbrass.com/circle-of-fifths-explained/ Sat, 12 Aug 2017 08:39:16 +0000 http://www.nezzyonbrass.com/?p=3133 Most of you have heard about the circle of fifths.  Some will have an in depth knowledge and then there are others like me who are clueless. I saw this video by Michael New which explains quickly and easily the basis of the circle of fifths in a step by step guide.  He shows how […]

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Bremner Sshhmute – Best Practice Mute for Trumpet Cornet and Other Brass http://www.nezzyonbrass.com/bremner-sshhmute-practice-mutes/ Fri, 19 May 2017 14:18:53 +0000 http://www.nezzyonbrass.com/?p=3108 I had heard of the Bremner Sshhmute but hadn’t actually tried one out.  That was until I was asked by the Tongwynlais Band to play for them in the 2017 Grand Shield at the Spring Festival at Blackpool.  The test piece ‘Reflection on Swan Lake’ by Stephen Roberts requires a front row cornet passage that […]

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Asthmatic gerbils – blowing out the cobwebs http://www.nezzyonbrass.com/blowing-out-the-cobwebs/ Fri, 10 Mar 2017 07:01:07 +0000 http://www.nezzyonbrass.com/?p=3077 Guestpost by John Barber – Courtesy of Brass Band World Magazine Where is my trombone? I’m sure I left it in my car. This should be OK. I’ll be OK- he won’t pick on anyone. Not on the first night back. The thing is it’s not like I’m out of practice, well, no more than […]

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For the Good of the Band – V.I.P. Band Member! http://www.nezzyonbrass.com/for-the-good-of-the-band/ Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:43:34 +0000 http://www.nezzyonbrass.com/?p=3028 Guestpost by John Barber – Courtesy of Brass Band World Magazine Within most band rooms up and down the land there is an understanding, an acknowledgement and a general reluctant acceptance that the most important member of the team who meets each week is in fact not the principal cornet player. Certainly ably dexterous with […]

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Brass Band Quiz 10 http://www.nezzyonbrass.com/brass-band-quiz-10/ Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:22:36 +0000 http://www.nezzyonbrass.com/?p=3043 10 quick fire quiz questions to test your brass band knowledge (Answers at the foot of the page) Herbert Howells, composer of ‘Pagentry’ the 2017 Area set piece for the Championship section of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain was born in which English County –  Herfordshire, Worcestershire or Gloucestershire? Which Italian musical term […]

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Best Music Stand Light for Brass Banders http://www.nezzyonbrass.com/best-music-stand-light/ Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:45:41 +0000 http://www.nezzyonbrass.com/?p=3056 Adequate illumination is essential so you can concentrate on playing – not trying to see! The best music stand light is simply one that clearly lights up the dots and clips easily to the stand. If like me you are over the optical hill seeing the dots on the music sheet can be a real challenge.  It […]

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Bass drum, snare drum and cymbals. The good old days? http://www.nezzyonbrass.com/bass-drum-snare-drum-and-cymbals-the-good-old-days/ Sat, 19 Nov 2016 17:06:38 +0000 http://www.nezzyonbrass.com/?p=3030 Guestpost from John Barber – Courtesy of Brass Band World Magazine There was a time when the domain at the back of a band room occupied little space. To sit there didn’t require a significant audition process and to be a section leader demanded no more than the basic knowledge of pulse and the ownership […]

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Podcast 7 – Steve Stewart http://www.nezzyonbrass.com/podcast-7-steve-stewart/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:10:30 +0000 http://www.nezzyonbrass.com/?p=2980 Steve Stewart Recorded at the Cory bandroom July 2016 Nigel Seaman talks to Cory’s ace soprano Steve Stewart about a brass banding career that nearly didn’t begin with an almost disasterous first ‘audition’ in school. Thankfully he started on cornet at the age of six and has played soprano for most of his career with some […]

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Best affordable top rated electronic drum set http://www.nezzyonbrass.com/top-rated-electronic-drum-set/ Wed, 10 Aug 2016 16:41:52 +0000 http://www.nezzyonbrass.com/?p=2985 Buying a top rated electronic drum set can be expensive.  However we look at 5 of the best affordable electronic drum kits ideal for beginners that won’t break the bank and are packed with quality. Drum sets are loud and require quite a bit of space.  Parents of children and teens who want to learn how to play […]

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Are plastic band instruments just a gimmick? http://www.nezzyonbrass.com/plastic-band-instruments-just-gimmick/ Sun, 17 Jul 2016 21:09:39 +0000 http://www.nezzyonbrass.com/?p=2927 Brass band instruments have been made in various metals for over 200 years and quite recently plastic instruments have started to appear on the market.  Plastic novelty or are they a contender for their long established metal cousins? The appeal is obvious as the plastic instruments are a fraction of the cost of metal, they […]

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