Johannes Brahms

“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.”

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Patrick Sheridan

Good air -> good buzz -> good sound.

Bad air -> bad buzz -> bad sound.

Quantitative:

More air-> more buzz -> more sound.

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Patrick Sheridan

Air makes buzz makes sound.

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Patrick Sheridan

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.

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Arnold Jacobs

“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.”

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Jim Thompson

(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.

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Jim Thompson

I can not emphasize enough starting (your day) as softly as you can play.

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Jim Thompson

I like to think rather than going up into the high register I like to bring it down to me.

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Joe Alessi

Your practicing is incorrect if you can’t hold the tempo.  You have to calm yourself down and practice very adamantly and slowly.

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Joe Alessi

Enjoy that you practice slowly and you’ll get something out of playing slowly.

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