Solos for BBb bass and band

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by mikelyons, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    Hi All,

    I have been asked about BBb solos with band by a young player of about grade 5 standard. Can anyone suggest some that are easily available? If there is a thread with this already can someone please point me to it? I tried searching, but turned up nothing useful! :roll:

  2. Getzonica

    Getzonica Active Member

    What about trying Moystns Music. They're good and might have something suitable.
  3. matt_BBb_bass

    matt_BBb_bass Member

    Mr C Takes a Stroll is a good one! On BB or Eb! Im sure its on Just music!
  4. MartinT

    MartinT Member

    The Ploughboy, or is that too easy?
  5. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    Ploughboy is pretty straightforward, but I seem to remember a couple of top Bb's in it for BB. The problem is anything that's allegedly written for E or BB is usually written with the E in mind, so is often a bit too lofty to sit right on a BBb Bass.

    You could start looking into the simpler euphonium solos? Blaydon races is do-able on BB. I had a pop at that myself in practice but never played it out.
  6. MartinT

    MartinT Member

    On the other hand, I seem to remember an optional low F in the Eb part...
  7. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    You could well be right, last note I believe?

    (Even if it isn't there, I used to put it in anyway!)
  8. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

  9. Blagger

    Blagger Member

    If you got rid of the high b - what about the euph solo "Jeannie with the light brown hair"?
    would work nicely i reckon, Depends on his or her range
  10. JPCoulson

    JPCoulson Member

    Tuba Smarties is a good one too.


    O bought a good one a while ago: "Marley's Ghost" I think by Darrol Barry, but I'll have to check when I go back home. Will post later if I am wrong.

    Good piece though: mixture of some fast work :eek: and slow melodic stuff. :rolleyes:
  12. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

  13. flashbarry

    flashbarry Member

    HI Andrew,

    Thanks for your kind comments!!

    Marley's Ghost is something different for your BBb bass players and is available from Kirklees Music
  14. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    Nooooooooo it isn't!!!!

    It's only saving grace is that it isn't quite as awful as "The happy hippo."
  15. steve butler

    steve butler Active Member

    I think its pretty good (easy yes), good opportunity to show off your sound, plenty of scope for a few laughs, and the audience love it. Can't be sooooo bad then?
  16. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    To each his own, Steve. Personally I've always loathed it...
  17. steve butler

    steve butler Active Member

    Maybe so Andi, but still a good shout for the criteria set out in the OP...
  18. RMQ

    RMQ Member

    Try Nellie the Elephant, Im having fun with it at the mo.
  19. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

    Shame we didn't have this for our concert yesterday, as the quote at the end would suffice to make it am Xmas piece. Maybe next year :wink:
  20. Rebel Tuba

    Rebel Tuba Member

    Okay, most stuff written with a BBb Bass solo part is naff. The Ploughboy, Forty Fathoms, TUBA SMARTIES. However at a brisk tempo Tijuana Tuba had some great bounce to it. Give it a shot (if I had a scanner that blooming worked I could send you the solo part to glance at, sorry)

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