[Trombone-l] more about buckets - make your own
rayhorton at insightbb.com
Sun Nov 6 18:29:20 CST 2005
Seriously, though, I did design my own bucket mute. Once, when Ben
Vereen was coming to do a symphony pops gig, the word was sent a few
days ahead for us: "bucket mute required." I didn't have one at the
time, no store in town had one and no time to order one, so I took a
white plastic bucket that had had paint primer in it (I think the dried
primer on the inside helps the sound, actually) and punched a hole in
the side large enough for the top of a trombone stand to go through and
set at an angle corresponding to the trombone bell. I adjusted the
bucket and trombone stand so that the bucket matched up with my bell. I
put a small towell in the bucket, and the sound was quite nice. Fits in
my mute bag, and could wrap up other things in the towell and keep in
I proudly set up my home-made bucket mute at the Vereen rehearsal. But,
oddly, but there were no "bucket mute" indications in any of the music,
and not a word from the conductor about using it!
I was so disappointed, but I brought it home and put it on my utilty
room shelf, where my wife saw it and promptly through it out! But I
made another, labeled it "RAY'S BUCKET MUTE" on the shelf so it won't
get thrown out again at home, and have used it a few times.
Chris Tune wrote:
> Maybe if you design a bucket mute, which is actually oval. AND about
> ten feet long. . . then this is quite possible. Of course most of the
> leaders I know wouldn't like the look of the mute.
> It would stop the others from saying "forget the bucket". This would
> be too big to forget about!
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