“Straight-away the ideas flow in upon me, directly from God, and not only do I see distinct themes in my mind’s eye, but they are clothed in the right forms, harmonies, and orchestration.”
Good air -> good buzz -> good sound.
Bad air -> bad buzz -> bad sound.
More air-> more buzz -> more sound.
Air makes buzz makes sound.
There are two things to playing a brass instrument. The easy part of playing a brass instrument and the difficult part. If you learn to execute the easy part of playing a brass instrument perfectly every time you pick up the instrument, there is nothing that you need to know about the difficult part.
“I don’t teach them as tuba players, but as human beings. Whichever instrument they play, they still have to develop as storytellers of music. I insist that the ability to communicate musical messages be dominant.”
(Buzzing on) the mouthpiece requires you to use a lot of air. When you do that, you take a lot of stress off the lips.
I can not emphasize enough starting (your day) as softly as you can play.
I like to think rather than going up into the high register I like to bring it down to me.
Your practicing is incorrect if you can’t hold the tempo. You have to calm yourself down and practice very adamantly and slowly.
Enjoy that you practice slowly and you’ll get something out of playing slowly.
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