flugel solo: where the player plays down a bass bell end?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by bigcol, Jul 21, 2003.

  1. bigcol

    bigcol Member

    What's that flugel solo where the player plays down the bell end of a bass called?

  2. Keppler

    Keppler Moderator Staff Member

    I'd say it's called:
    "Flugel solo where the flugel player plays down the bell end of a bass"

    What a great name..
  3. Daniel Sheard

    Daniel Sheard Member

    Dunno if this is the one that you're thinking of, but we used to do that at Broseley Brass with Just a Song at Twilight.

    Daniel Sheard
  4. Despot

    Despot Member

    Its a real solo.......saw 3 band bands do it on one day in Rhyll, a few back.

    Can't remember the name though...........
  5. Fishsta

    Fishsta Active Member

    Yeah, we played that one at Standish Band ages ago.

    The bass player just stands there and presses his valves a lot... gives it an interesting tone.

    Can't remember what it's called for the life of me though.
  6. tubatu

    tubatu Member

    I can remember seeing this on TV years ago and they were playing My Love is Like A Red, Red Rose.
  7. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Isn't the famous one "Love's Old Sweet Song", arr. Howard Snell?

  8. Phil Green

    Phil Green Supporting Member

    Yep, "Love's old sweet Song" is the most famous one I've come across, however it's often Rep that plays the solo.
    The flugal solo "Children of Sanchez" SHOULD start with the cornets playing into or over the bass section bells, with us "twiddling like hell". No band seems to do it though :-(

  9. Mike Saville

    Mike Saville Member

    This has been done lots with different pieces - you can use any piece you like as long as it's slow (needs to be to hear the effect). The tuba player then has to trill one of his valves to get the full effect.
  10. Darth_Tuba

    Darth_Tuba Active Member

    We did it when we were doing it Phil. Best the front row ever sounded :wink:
  11. markyboy

    markyboy Member

    This particular gimmick was first used by Britannia Building Society Band in their various entertainment conntest successes of the late 1980's so I believe. I have a video of BBS playing 'Loves old sweet song' played by the then Flugel player Kirsten Thomas down then bell of bass player Sid Wood on Granada Band of the Year in 1987. It is very effectic and also very funny to watch with the rapport Kirsten and Sid had between each other during the performance.
    At that time Howard Snell did a lot for new entertaining pieces, another one was 'Duet for two cats' which always went down great when performed well.
  12. markyboy

    markyboy Member

    Having just read my last posting I sound like a total anorak,but it is all true.
    By the way to the person who I lent the video to I would like it back please. I believe you also have my copy of 'Swedish Nympho Nurses'. If your wife finds out you will be in BIG trouble.
  13. Mike Saville

    Mike Saville Member

    I think you'll find it was used earlier than that. I remember seeing it on Best of Brass on BBC2 in the early 80's???

    I liked this one. :D
  14. McChambo

    McChambo Member

    Does this have the aforementioned special 'bell end effect' in as well?!?
  15. aimee_euph

    aimee_euph Member

    Yes it is, we did it at Rainford a few years ago and it was very good where the flugel plays the solo into a bass's bell as they twiddle their valves. It's good if done properly.

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