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Thread: Dave Werden Playing Hejre Kati (Mendez) with USCG Band in 1985

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    Dave Werden Playing Hejre Kati (Mendez) with USCG Band in 1985

    From my archives, here is a performance of me playing the Mendez favorite "Hejre Kati". It is from 1985, and it gives me a new goal in my practice: trying to get back to the double-tongue speed I could do then! The first hurdle is to get my tongue's muscle and speed back up. But along with that, one has to balance putting enough air past the tongue to get a pitch along with the percussive attack. I've heard a few players (some at the top of the heap) where I could hear the fast tongue but could not hear any pitch. On this recording I think I got some pitch with each. In any case, it felt like I was pushing it just as far as I could without losing pitch. As for whether I can that speed back today...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYVCDkD0NAk

    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
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    Really terrific playing, Dave! Along with the great double tonguing, I loved the expressiveness of the playing of the opening slow melody and the way you got the notes in the fast slurs to pop as you played them. And of course, the classic Besson sound, which has never been improved upon.

    John

  3. David,

    I remember driving down to New London/Groton to take lessons from you just about during this time. At that time I had a 5 yr old daughter and 2 yr old son. They are now 41 and 38! It is a delight to listen to this recording! Man this is CLEAN!!! Beautiful job.

    Doug Ruby
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    What superb playing Dave! Sweet sound and technically perfect to my ears. Yes, there’s something about that classic Besson sound that we don’t hear as much any more.
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    Thanks for the comments! The sound of horn was very nice in almost all situations (except for small chamber settings). The British Bessons had amazing sound, and I am still not quite sure why!!! It probably had something to do with both the weight of the metal and perhaps the alloy & the way it was seasoned.

    At this time I was probably using either my Bach 5G or a Wick 4BL, which helped with the clarity. This is one reason I am again thinking about the combination of a large horn with a not-so-large mouthpiece (hence my move to the DC4 recently).
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
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    Very, very nice playing Dave!! That was a really superb performance. And you helped me remember this piece. I was trying to remember what it was and sang some of it to my trumpet friends, but no one recognized it, probably because I was singing it so badly. Thanks for this amazing piece of music. You absolutely rock, Dave!!!
    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
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