Posted by Daryl Bean on April 28, 2002 at 00:11:12:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Playing outdoors to improve tone quality posted by Nathan Tabor on April 27, 2002 at 18:09:53:
The problem is that *some* corps tend to value volume over tone quality - the result being tubists with very harsh timbres that are generally unpleasant to listen to off of a football field.
I would agree with some of the suggestions on the board so far - long tones, mthpc. buzzing, study with a competant professional; but the one everyone neglected was LISTEN!! Listen to as many great musicians as you can and soak up their sounds! And not just tuba players - I learned volumes about phrasing and tone from people from Yo-Yo Ma to Miles Davis and everyone in between. Develop a clear image of the tone you want to produce and go get it!