A strange low-note thing

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Posted by Aaron Hynds on June 25, 2003 at 12:07:19:

Something strange happened to me today. I was in the summer band program, helping out the younger band, which is before the older band I'm in. I was playing as many Bb scale octaves as possible, starting on regular Bb, and working my way up to the 4-line BB. On the way down, I decided to see how low I could go. Before, I could get out a half-hearted pedal CC at the lowest. Yet when I got down there, I tried the low pedal Bb, and it just popped out! It was low, and open, and very present. I have never been able to hit that low in my entire tuba-playing life(A year and a quarter ago, I'm currently 14)! Two hours later, and I can still play it, except better! Has anybody else had an experience like this before? I'd like to know if anybody else has had that wonderful feeling I got after breaking a limit of mine. Thanks, Aaron. (By the way, I use one of the smaller Mirafone BBb, probably a 186).

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