Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 10:51:16 -0600
From: Stanton <>
Subject: Re: Attention Comeback players or anyone that would like-Reply

I've been a bit hesitant to reply, but its been nagging at me...

First, I would like to say that both Bill and Ron have been exceptionally helpful and kind with their time and attention. It's worth plunking down the $50 for what they give you in support. I don't resent spending the money one bit. I feel that I got more than my money's worth.

Having said that, the tape (IMO) could be improved in many ways. There could have been a narrative overdub explaining what the viewer should be focusing on as they watch the demonstrations. After looking at the tape for a year, I still don't quite understand exactly what Bill was demonstrating.  The hand illustration (clamping of the hand showing
ascending notes) shows one thing, yet the side view of him playing shows something else completely. Are the corners moving in relation to contraction of the obicularis oris, or are they PUSHING forward and tightening?  I now understand that it is important to keep the lips closed allowing them to blow open, rather than parting them to make an aperture. The "hmmm" thing was  clear, but without an explanation it was causing me to close my teeth. I think that "hmmm" is a good
demonstration, but it was unclear as to the purpose of it. It also would have been helpful for Bill to describe the difference of what he was proposing, comparing it to what typically does not work to achieve the range we hope to attain.

Secondly , it needs a decent audio track. The sound quality is not good. The whole recording seems like is was taped with home video equimpment. Sure, there's the spinning trumpet effect at the beginning, but I don't care about that. The basic quality of the lighting, sound and videography is poor. Yes, content is king, but the correct sound doesn't appear to be coming across to the listener. I'm sure Bill wouldn't release a CD with that kind of sound.

Lastly, I believe that a small pamphlet with the excersises described on the tape with a small explanation of when/how to use them would be helpful. Sure, the excersises are basic, but are sort of glossed over in the tape and there is no mention of how to incorporate them into one's daily routine and playing schedule.  Everyone learns differently, so an educational tape should try to address more than one learning style.

In closing, I truly believe that Bill has the skills to teach people how to overcome the obstacles that keep them from achieving the range and endurance that they desire. In my opinion, the tape (by itself) just doesn't cut it. I truly hope I have not offended anyone. I just wanted to give my honest assessment of the tape.

Regards to all,
Stanton Kramer