For years I have used a collection of hymns and descants to supplement what I play in church. These are available in books, and each hymn has the melody written in the key(s) most commonly found in standard hymnals, as well as a nice descant that can be played on other verses. See the complete list here:
Hymns and Descants
A while back I announced 4 new arrangements of mine that are available from Cimarron Music. As of two days ago there are MP3 files of each of the solos on the website. The solos' sound files can be found at:
Phil the Fluter's Ball by French/Werden
Last Rose of Summer (variations) by Hartmann/Werden
There are now 2 new recordings available for free download on this site. Both feature David Werden. The first is the popular Introduction and Dance by Barat, performed on euphonium. The other recording is a hymn tune with descant (from the book of hymn descants written by Douglas Smith), Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus, performed on double-bell euphonium.
Go to the free David Werden recordings page to learn more or to download the MP3 files.
In the many master classes and lessons I have given, I often hear players who are not taking full advantage of the musical excitement to be gained by using the full dynamic range indicated in music. We all tend to play in a mezzo-something dynamic. It is more difficult to play at very soft or very loud dynamics, but playing at these more difficult dynamics is a skill just like any other skill. Practice it and it will get better.
Certainly the first part of the process is to develop
We have compiled a page as a convenience that lists the Christmas selections you may see sometimes in the left column. You will find Christmas CD's, sheet music, CD/sheet music combinations, and videos. You can find a link to this page under the menu selection Other -> General Music & Video, or you can follow this link:
Christmas Music and Videos