When cleaning your horn or if you are having trouble with your valves, consider a good valve clearning. Obviously, you want to literally clean the valve carefully, including the passages the air travels through. You must also pay attention to the bottom of the valve and brush it out.
The next step is to take a mild metal polish and polish the valve surface. Often this surface can get rough in places because of a buildup of various deposits. The polish will clean this and make the
Most brass players learn to use the fingering 1-2, but in many cases the 3rd valve alone will work. Usually 3 is slightly lower in pitch. If you are sharp on a 1-2 note, try using 3 instead. It may take some getting used to because there is a little less resistance with 3 compared to 1-2. It may also be useful to handle awkward fingerings with 1-2. Experiment and see how it works. It should certainly be part of your "comfortable" technique collection.
New page added to the site. Learn to play by practicing along with a professionally-played accompaniment. Many of the recordings listed here also come with tracks where a professional euphonium or trombone player has recorded the solo part, which can help you get the best sound in your head before you start. Most of the titles are listed for trombone, but would be just as useful for euphonium. Visit the Music Minus One Euphonium / Trombone page on this site to see several titles, or click here to
Many players find it valuable to use so-called music minus one recordings and music to enhance their skills and musicianship. Some of these recordings are made with two versions of each song, one with just the accompaniment and one that also includes a professional playing the solo (to set an example). Look over the titles here: Music Minus One Tuba
Yesterday an interesting article was published in the New York Times online:
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