Here are some I can suggest for students, and I'm resolving to get better at some of these myself (we should always be students and continue to learn and challenge ourselves):
- I resolve to use less mouthpiece pressure
- I resolve to clean and oil my valves regularly
- I resolve to make my hand position better, so my fingers look relaxed and my fingertips stay close to the top of each valve
- I resolve to clean my mouthpiece
Many of you will already be familiar with this site, but I want to remind others about The Brass Forum. It is hosted in England but most topics are of interest to players from any country. It's a very active forum with many members (but it is not exclusively tuba-euphonium-related). Check it out!
Brass Forum UK
Sounding Brass is a great site, with links to dozens of other resources on the web as well as many fine articles on the Sounding Brass site. They offer RSS feeds if you wish to stay up to date that way:
I found a nice duet for cornet and euphonium, performed by the Korea Staff Band of the Salvation Army. It's hard to hear the euphonium, but still worth a listen:
I'll Not Turn Back - Cornet and Euphonium
As I look forward to enjoying Christmas with my family and friends, I would like to help others enjoy the holiday season by linking here a few more Christmas MP3 files that you are free to download. These are from some of the finest military bands in the world, including the official bands of The U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Coast Guard.
The United States Navy Band, Happy Holidays album:We Wish You a Merry Christmas
The United States Coast Guard Band, Live Concert