Explain masculine & feminine rhythms

65393194_10156289923341961_6582377714328535040_nWhat is a “climax”? What is often the cause of sticky valves? Explain masculine and feminine rhythms? Name a common fault with trombone players?

No – these aren’t elements of a Cosmopolitan agony aunt’s page, but four of the 340 questions that make up “Viva Voce Questions for Brass Band Candidates”. This is a booklet produced by Alfred Ashpole in 1936 to assist those preparing to sit theory exams on brass bands. A companion booklet “Model Answers to Viva Voce Questions” provides the suggested responses to each question.

In case you are wondering the answers to the above are:

  • “The moment when the greatest intensity of sound effect is produced”
  • “Pushing them out of alignment by faulty fingering”
  • “A feminine rhythm starts on an unaccented beat, whilst a masculine rhythm starts on an accented beat”
  • “They often try to make the mouth and slide do what should be done by the tongue, also the movement of the slide from one position to another is often too sluggish”

See the full set of questions here: http://www.ibew.org.uk/VivaVoceQuestions.pdf

and the answers: http://www.ibew.org.uk/VivaVoceMAnswers.pdf

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