Posted by Joseph on September 30, 2001 at 18:02:51:
In Reply to: Re: Re: tougning troubles posted by Kyle on September 30, 2001 at 16:29:50:
What he means is that articulation problems are very rarely articulation problems. Your best bet is to focus your attention to developing a very full characteristic sound in all registers when playing in a legato style. Playing Rochut in multiple octaves and doing Remington style warm-ups will help a lot in this regard. Once you have a more relaxed embouchure and sustained air collumn developed it is very easy to 'bounce' your tongue off the air to create the desired articulation. Practicing your scales in various styles is a great way to kill two birds with one stone. Start out very slow and be sure to develop a very easy fast single tongue. Single tonguing sixteenths at quarter=120 is a good goal. Then add double and triple tonguing. Start slow again and work faster as desired possibly isolating tonguing away from the horn if things seem squirely. Tonguing against the air blown against the back of your hand is a good way to see how sustained your air collumn is. The moments when you will truly need to stop your air while playing tuba are very rare and usually involve rests. You have lots of metal in your lap and you want to keep it resonating. ;b
This should take you a year or so depending on how much time you have to put into it but it will be time well spent. The best advice anyone can give you is to find a teacher that can demonstrate this stuff for you.
joseph felton :)