[Trombone-l] Spike Jones
rayhorton at insightbb.com
Wed Jul 18 15:38:04 CDT 2007
We did several concerts with Richard Hayman, former Boston pops
arranger. When he wanted that sound, he always labeled it "Golden Tone."
ALEX ILES wrote:
> Hi Brian,
> This has come up before on the list. There is probably a better
> description somewhere in the archives, but I can give a basic outline
> for you to play with.
> Forget what you've learned about "correct" playing for the moment!!
> This technique has been called many names including, the "nerd", the
> "golden tone", "spike tone" and others. It is basically one of
> several alternative vowel sounds brass players can use. Didgereedoo
> players use it too.
> The sound works best for most players on second partial notes...[and
> for some reason, it is BEST on trombone, but I have heard some horn
> players do it pretty well too!]
> Try playing a Bb in the staff. Buzz pretty much the way you normally
> do, but instead of playing "tah" or "dah". Annunciate...in a VERY
> exaggerated way..."dreeeeer" or "diarrhea" or just "rrrreeeear" [like
> a mean old cat]. The key is to REALLY exaggerate the way you "say"
> the vowel sound as you play. Draw it out very slowly to get the
> "feel" of this strange sound....
> You might also want to "tighten" the buzz a little more than you
> would normally to make your everyday "nice" sound!!
> Like any other technical aspect of playing, it takes a little
> practice to get the "knack" of it. Not everyone can do this either it
> seems. It is a little like "rolling r's". Some people might just need
> to practice it more to get the hang of it.
> There are other recorded examples around to check out...Tommy
> Pederson [one of Spike's trombonists] was a master of this sound. So
> is Alan Kaplan, He used it frequently when Warner Bros rekindled
> cartoons back in the nineties [Taz, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain,
> etc]. Wycliffe Gordon likes to whip into that sound sometimes when he
> is soloing and Stuart Dempster gives a great demo of the technique in
> his book/cd, "The Modern Trombone".
> Good luck!! Hope this helps.
> Alex Iles
> On Jul 17, 2007, at 7:20 PM, Brian Boyes wrote:
>> Having now listened to several Spike Jones tracks and then sat with
>> my horn
>> and made all kinds of funny noises, I still can't reproduce the
>> sound that occurs throughout his music. Anyone know what I'm
>> talking about?
>> Specifically, the "heil" sound in "The Furher's Face". How do I
>> make that
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