Posted by Tim Cary on September 24, 1999 at 12:59:46:
In Reply to: lower register posted by Jeremy on September 24, 1999 at 12:29:37:
I'm not a professional instructor, but here are a few points. Often when players play to tensed up, the upper lip is being primarily used, so try to concentrate on using a more complete embechure. Also, I have found that the lower I go, I need to use my (lower) jaw to hit the notes. The best way to play low is to practice a lot in the lower register and then practice some more in the low register. Play etudes down an octave, play the lower tuba parts in the ensembles you are (in the band I'm in, the stronger players play the bottom notes, as weaker players seem to struggle in that register). Also, try to stay away from smaller mouthpieces. Once you develop some mastery in the lower register, the upper register will become easier for you also. As a fine trumpet player once told me, you gotta' play low to play high.