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  1. Review - Wiseman Carbon Fiber Euphonium Case

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ID:	6963NOTE: Comments from Wisemann appear at the bottom of this review.

    NOTE 2: Fletcher Mitchell, a euphonium player, gave me permission to use photos from his Facebook page of his Wiseman case. These show much better detail than my original photos. They are at the end of this blog entry, after the comments from Wiseman.

    The Wiseman case at ITEC2019 was impressive in many ways but seemed like a work in progress - although a promising work. The case ...

    Updated 06-17-2019 at 08:19 AM by davewerden

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    Euphonium-Tuba Blog , General Tuba-Euphonium Blog , Instruments and Equipment
  2. All About Valve Maintenance

    Like Walter Matthau in "A New Leaf," we know that valves can be a problem (note: there may be a short commercial at the beginning of the video).



    In Walter's case the problem was with his Ferrari, which was constantly plagued with "carbon on the valves." In our case, as brass players, it is probably something else on the valves. In both cases, the valves don't like it!

    There are several possible reason for sluggish ...

    Updated 03-31-2019 at 01:03 PM by davewerden

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    Euphonium-Tuba Blog , General Tuba-Euphonium Blog , Instruments and Equipment
  3. Three Great Historic Euphonium Books

    Many previously-available items come back online now and then. Fortunately for us, three classic euphonium books are now available.

    The first are the two volumes of Arthur Lehman's "The Art of Euphonium." These were originally distributed with an LP, but the printed books themselves are still quite useful. If you also want the recordings, there are high-quality MP3 files available in the links below. The recordings are with the U.S. Marine Band, Arthur's "home" for 20 years.
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    Updated 12-20-2018 at 07:49 PM by davewerden

    Tags: book, music, recording
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    Euphonium-Tuba Blog , General Tuba-Euphonium Blog , Performance Tips
  4. CD Review: Mark Glover, Euphonium - Hustle

    Mark Glover is a euphoniumist whose style is representative of modern playing without being too identified with any one niche (i.e. he does not sound particularly American, British, or...). He has a good understanding of the musical needs of the pieces he is playing, and I suspect the currently-living composers represented here would be pleased with the way he performs their work.

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  5. Hearing the Difference: Baritone Horn, Euphonium, Double-Bell Euphonium

    Here are three videos I did specifically to help people understand the differences within the euphonium family.
    • The baritone demonstrated here is a Besson 955 3-valve compensating with a .515" bore.
    • The double-bell euphonium is a Holton, and it demonstrates two things. First you can hear the contrast between the bells, which in this case is about the most simple example of using the horn. But the second concept is the sound of the large bell. This is just the same as the typical American
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  6. Recording Options for Good Quality

    People often ask how I make the YouTube videos of my playing. I have two methods, and choose which one depending on conditions.

    The best results are with a quality stereo microphone, a digital recorder, and a digital camcorder. Here is equipment similar to what I use:

    Audio-Technical Stereo Microphone

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    Zoom Audio Recorder, 4 Channel

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    Canon Camcorder

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    Updated 11-01-2018 at 07:56 PM by davewerden

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    Euphonium-Tuba Blog , General Tuba-Euphonium Blog , Instruments and Equipment
  7. Alone Yet Not Alone - Video

    The is a re-mastered video that I originally posted a few years ago, but its aspect ratio got distorted when YouTube changed its tagging rules. The song is from the movie of the same name, which was an inspirational story about faith in God. The composer is Bruce Broughton (who was a euphonium player many years ago). He is an Academy Award winning composer (think Silverado for starters). The tune works well without the words, but I had the words project on our church's screen - that is what the ...
  8. Bill - from Showboat - Euphonium in Popular Music

    This is the first in a new series of posts that are about playing popular (pop, Broadway, movie music, etc.) music on the euphonium. Many times in programming a recital I have included a pop song or two. It's a nice change of pace and freshens your audience. And it is a great way to improve your sense of phrasing, which will apply to other styles of music in many ways.

    This song is from "Showboat," by Jerome Kern. The song here, "Bill," is a love song describing a boyfriend who appears ...
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