Posted by Dale Phelps on February 23, 1999 at 12:35:55:
In Reply to: Re: Re: valve number five posted by Tom Caudron on February 23, 1999 at 09:50:46:
Ut oh, Tom, I don't think Sean was trying to offend,
please don't start to bring some "age-ism" feel
to our discussions here?
My experience with valves in general is I tend to use
whichever combinations suit me at any given time.
As an example, to play DDflat below the staff
on my horn (a 5-valve CC)
the "prescribed" fingering is 2-3, but there
are times when 1-5 suits me better. Generally
speaking I think valves are placed on my horn
for my convenience, and whichever ones best suit
my needs (and the conductor's) at the time will be
hopefully the ones I select! For what it's worth I think
the approach you described of selecting fingerings
which facilitate smoothness is right on the money!
On the other hand, I don't really buy that there
would be an intonation "error" unless *a* specific
fingering combination were used at any given point.
For my style of play that's a little extreme. Opinions
about "alternate" fingerings are as varied as tubas,
and the effects of different valve combinations
are probly just as varied.
Sean was tryin to be helpful, so am I. Honest.