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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by deepthought4200, Jun 20, 2008.
I have no idea where my harmon stem even is.
I put a little anhydrous lanolin on it. Stays put and slides smoothly. Use the same stuff on my tuning and 2nd valve slide. 3 ou. jar has lasted about 20 years.
If you throw your stem away, you're robbing yourself of one more color you can call on. Also, over the years I've had many parts notated in the way that Mr. Wise suggests, in many different contexts. I love, and have often recorded harmon solos with the stemless Miles sound which we all love, but take a listen to the many solos and fills played by the great Sweets Edison on Basie and Sinatra cuts. Very often ( not always, but often) he used harmon with the stem in and extented - a very classic 40's sound. Save that stem !
In "pops" writing for symphony orchestra the "+ 0" notation is common enough, although I have no idea what the violists do with it!
And, uhh, without a stem, how could it be called a "wah-wah mute?"
Another nice harmon sound, though a little off topic since it doesn't involve the stem, is to use the stemless mute with a plunger ( obviously with a mic if possible) . It's a nice different, cool sound. Sorry to veer a bit... george tidwell