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  1. I started practicing again last November after...

    I started practicing again last November after not playing for quite some time and I was absolutely awful, just the same as you describe, but I can report that I'm now back to about 90% of what I was...
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    I've always found Right and Rounds Complete...

    I've always found Right and Rounds Complete Method great for all aspects of tuba practice up to the highest standard, it also contains a lot of advice ~ highly recommended.

    ~ Mr Wilx
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    That would seem to me to be a very fair...

    That would seem to me to be a very fair assessment of the situation. I agree that if all children were exposed to brass tuition in schools the racial mix might develop, but we all know that brass...
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    In (I think) 2002 the L.S.Finals were held in...

    In (I think) 2002 the L.S.Finals were held in Torquay. The last band to play in the 1st Section went on at 11.45pm, now THAT'S late. (The piece was "Leonardo")

    ~ Mr Wilx
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    To slightly extend the discussion, my wife and I,...

    To slightly extend the discussion, my wife and I, like thousands of other folk in this country have been caravanners for the past 10 years and have stayed at caravan sites all over the UK. In all...
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    I thought the 4brest rankings were just a Welsh...

    I thought the 4brest rankings were just a Welsh Fairy tale, pure fiction !

    ~ Mr Wilx
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    Yes I've just spotted that Dave. No need for...

    Yes I've just spotted that Dave. No need for Triskaidekaphobia in banding eh ?

    ~ Mr Wilx
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    Slightly off topic, Yorkshire Imps won the...

    Slightly off topic, Yorkshire Imps won the British Open on Pageantry in 1970 off a no. 13 Draw ~ Lucky for some eh ?

    ~ Mr Wilx
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    My feelings too. ~ Mr Wilx

    My feelings too.

    ~ Mr Wilx
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    Grimey B&R Frickley ~ Mr Wilx

    Grimey
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    ~ Mr Wilx
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    So all old music is bad music, is that your...

    So all old music is bad music, is that your opinion ?
    It's a good job we're all different isn't it ? Without the diversity of debate it would be a very boring world.
    Personally I have a place in my...
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    Very well put Sir, I entirely agree. ~ Mr Wilx

    Very well put Sir, I entirely agree.

    ~ Mr Wilx
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    Exactly, my comments were based on the opinions...

    Exactly, my comments were based on the opinions of many 1st Section banders of my acquaintance who have expressed disappointment in the Area tests in recent years.

    Mr Wilx
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    You say "apparently" ill formed judgement ~ So...

    You say "apparently" ill formed judgement ~ So therefore you don't actually know if the judgement is ill informed or not. Could you be kind enough as to clarify what in your opinion makes my...
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    That's an excellent formula. The contest panel...

    That's an excellent formula. The contest panel should work by those stipulations. I honestly don't think the panel that picks the pieces really knows what a First Section Band is. It's an unknown...
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    They ought to give pieces like Spectrum, Symphony...

    They ought to give pieces like Spectrum, Symphony of Marches, Long White Cloud, Pageantry, Un Vie de Matelot etc another outing. Not necessarily those pieces but pieces that contain a similar content...
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    A bit like a musical version of the Kings New...

    A bit like a musical version of the Kings New Clothes ~ Strip away the flash bang wallop and prestissimo semiquavers at extremes of the range and there's no underlying music. They might as well set...
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    Exactly ! ~ Mr Wilx

    Exactly !

    ~ Mr Wilx
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    Were's that "Like" button ? ~ Mr Wilx

    Were's that "Like" button ?

    ~ Mr Wilx
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    My feelings exactly. Flash bang wallop music is...

    My feelings exactly. Flash bang wallop music is just that, a lot of hard to produce noise that is offensive to the ear. As Mello suggests, more folk would attend contests and stay the course if they...
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    There's always more to find in a piece of music...

    There's always more to find in a piece of music or more you can put into it if you look for it.
    I know that sounds a bit twee, but a performance can always be improved upon. I bet Michael Angelo got...
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    That's a good solid logical argument ~ I agree. ...

    That's a good solid logical argument ~ I agree.

    ~ Mr Wilx
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    Exactly ! ~ Mr Wilx

    Exactly !

    ~ Mr Wilx
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    You know, I think that the 1st Section piece...

    You know, I think that the 1st Section piece every year should be a previously recently used Championship Section test piece. After all, these bands have aspirations to play in the higher section and...
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    A new march "Dontology" ~ Mr Wilx

    A new march "Dontology"

    ~ Mr Wilx
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