International Tuba Day

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Missy_Gracie, May 4, 2012.

  1. Missy_Gracie

    Missy_Gracie Member

    Independant Silver Band has just drawn my attention to this... which I initially believed to be a joke... but thanks to the power of google I discovered http://tubaday.com may I suggest that we celebrate with a slice of virtual cake, and a discussion of our favourite tuba solos?

    I shall kick off by saying I like the Czardas Eb Ben has and hate Fnugg, because Eb Ben likes to practice it far too much.
     
  2. iancwilx

    iancwilx Active Member

    In honour of this day, I've just dug out "Zelda" and made a right pigs ear of it on my Eb !

    ~ Mr Wilx
     
  3. tubadaz

    tubadaz Member

    I shall be saving myself for this evening's rehearsal at Shepherds, I'll need all the energy I've got for that (especially if "Year of the Dragon" makes an appearance again!!) :-D

    Darryl
     
  4. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    How many other people would by Wilky a pint to hear him play Zelda?
     
  5. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    Buy. Buy.
     
  6. Missy_Gracie

    Missy_Gracie Member

    does that make three pints? or just two bought correctly? three pints seems a lot of beer for one piece of music, and one must be wary with bass players, they don't fall over or pass out after drinking too much, they simply carry on playing- but with even fewer of the right notes where they should be.
     
  7. iancwilx

    iancwilx Active Member

    You wouldn't enjoy the experience, (But I'd be sozzled !) I promise you. I was ashamed and considered putting my Eb on Ebay !!
    Seriously, it was soooo bad I just may start a daily prac session. Right, long notes first then tongue and finger articulation exercises. Dedega Dedega (My style) is a long way down the line !!

    ~ Mr Wilx
     
  8. Tubby

    Tubby Member

    I did Celestial Morn, 2nd movement of Salt of the Earth, and for a laugh The Old Rustic Bridge ( SA )
     
  9. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

    If I had actually taken the tuba home to practice, I would have played Higgyjig, followed by variations on Ivor the Engine, with the Elgar Cello Concerto arr for Euph (at pitch) as an encore :pig
     
  10. tubadaz

    tubadaz Member

    In the end we didn't do "Year of the Dragon" (Phew!! :-o), just ran the programme for tomorrow night's concert in Selby Abbey and finished with another of Mr. Sparke's excellent pieces - "Tallis Variations" Excellent! :)

    Darryl
     
  11. iancwilx

    iancwilx Active Member

    Celestial Morn is beyond me. Steve Butler played it out a couple of times with Kippax but it was beyond the audience as well ! (They obviously preferred funny novelty tuba solos)

    ~ Mr Wilx
     
  12. Missy_Gracie

    Missy_Gracie Member

    Oh my isn't the big man funny- look his face is going all red, oh he's doing a little dance, who'd have thought it could make such high noises.it's a shame so many MDs seem to like the same, give the haunting melodies to the cornets or horns, and whenever you fear the programme may be getting a little melancholy stick a comedy bass solo in, if you are really lucky you can dress the bass player up too.
     
  13. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    So this bass player walks past a bar...it could happen?!
     
  14. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

    1/1000 No
    40/1 Yes

    Unless of course you are talking bar in the musical sense!
     
  15. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    If even a tenth of the BB parts I see in a band setting were that good I'd be happy never to be on my feet in front of a band again.

    Considering getting the old euph solo of 'Blaydon Races' out on BB - but probably best for the banding public as a whole if I don't. Not that I can't play it - quite the opposite - just that when played on tuba it panders to every bass solo stereotype imaginable.....
     
  16. iancwilx

    iancwilx Active Member

    I know what you mean, we're trapped in a preconceived image.
    We just can't escape the "Oo! look at the silly man man playing that big thingy. Ain't 'e a larrff?"
    Perhaps we should go the whole hog and wear a red nose and a pointy pom pom hat. (Mind you, my home grown pink proboscis is coming on nicely !)

    ~ Co-Co Wilx
     
  17. Missy_Gracie

    Missy_Gracie Member

    Better to be a man man playing a bass than a lady boy playing a....?
     
  18. toby hobson

    toby hobson Member

    Nobody really wants to hear the Tuba play serious stuff. Maybe a few Tuba players and a few nerds but bottom line the ear doesnt lend its self to low sounds, so making a feature of it is not the best idea. Dont knock the cheese, most of it is better
    than the highbrow stuff anyway. For the Tuba to be of medium interest it has to go high...about as high as the comfortable Euph range.....so...................
     
  19. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    Fnugg Blue?

    OK, it ain't exactly Gregson's Tuba concerto, but it's not an old 'Danse Humoresque' either is it? Great fun piece but with a serious undertone.

    We need more stuff like that.....
     
  20. toby hobson

    toby hobson Member

    Same to you!!!!!
     

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