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  1. Being a Successful Soloist with a Band

    NOTE: this article assumes your playing is already at a high enough level to be a soloist. I want to discuss other considerations. But even if your playing is not there yet, the tips below are good to keep in mind!

    Many euphonium players hope to become a featured soloist with a wind/brass/military band, and there is a good reason for that. Euphoniumists have been soloing with bands since the 1800's, and our history is rich with accomplished soloists. A few very old recordings, and many ...

    Updated 07-07-2023 at 12:42 PM by davewerden

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    Euphonium-Tuba Blog , General Tuba-Euphonium Blog , Performance Tips
  2. Review: Adams Sonic 4-Valve Non-Compensating Euphonium

    Adams has created an instrument that is unusual and useful. As far as I recall, this is the first time a fully-professional euphonium has been built with a 3+1 valve system that is non-compensating. Normally we in the euphonium world think of non-comp euphoniums as being student or intermediate instruments, so Adams apparently decided to go a step beyond that concept with the Sonic.

    "But, why?" you might ask. I asked myself that same question! In my opinion (I did not yet have a chance ...
  3. Review of My "13 Selected Rose Etudes" for Euphonium

    Here is a nice review from the ITEA Journal, Volume 44, #1. Used with the permission of ITEA:

    13 Selected Rose Etudes by Cyrille Rose transcribed and edited for euphonium by David R. Werden. Cimarron Music Press. 15 Corrina Lane, Salem, CT 06420. 860-536-2185. Fax: 888-235-1772. sales@cimarronmusic.com. www.cimarronmusic.com. CM 2703. 2015. $20.

    David Werden served as the euphonium soloist with The United States Coast Guard Band and is an active euphonium soloist and educator ...

    Updated 04-29-2023 at 09:21 PM by davewerden

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    Euphonium-Tuba Blog , General Tuba-Euphonium Blog , Reviews
  4. Dave Werden - Alliance Artist

    Many of you know I recently became (officially) an Alliance Artist. I was using an Alliance DC4 and now use the DC3, after many years of playing other mouthpiece from the Denis Wick brands.

    It is an usually comfortable mouthpiece! I don't know if it is because of the rim width or contour alone, or if the cup and backbore contribute to comfort by the way the respond. Whatever the case, it surely feels great! I have to thank David Childs for putting me on that track, because I had become ...

    Updated 04-23-2023 at 02:04 PM by davewerden

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    Euphonium-Tuba Blog , General Tuba-Euphonium Blog , Instruments and Equipment
  5. Adams Euphonium Overview: E1, E2, E3

    Adams has a long history of making fine musical instruments, which began about 50 years ago with their percussion line. Roughly 15 years ago they began adding brass to their line. Euphoniums started appearing soon after. Adams numbered their euphoniums 1, 2, and 3 based solely on the order in which the models were designed - the numbers are not a hierarchy or indication of relative quality. They are all professional instruments, but made for different tastes.

    All 3 models come with ...
  6. Review: Adjustable Bottom Cap (ABC) - Heavyweight 4th Valve Bottom Cap

    On my forum and other places euphonium players have discussed the benefit of replacing the standard bottom cap of the 4th valve with a heavier version. The first I heard of this is when I was a Sterling artist. They sent me one for my Sterling Virtuoso and I liked it. The tone and center seemed a bit better for most music. For music that was light and "bouncy" I tended to prefer the standard cap (but that may have just been in my head). Regardless, it was easy to change the cap when I wanted. ...
  7. Review: Bente Illevold Album "Alone" (Norwegian: "Alene")

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ID:	8734The COVID crisis was something we'd like not repeat, but many of us have found some positive outcomes. One of those outcomes is having more time to practice, time that would have been otherwise occupied in pre-pandemic times. Bente Illevold used the time to create another very positive outcome, which is this album of unaccompanied music (i.e. "alone").

    In case you are ready to stop reading, give me a minute! Some might ask, "A whole album of unaccompanied ...

    Updated 12-10-2021 at 05:58 PM by davewerden

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    Euphonium-Tuba Blog , General Tuba-Euphonium Blog , Reviews
  8. How and Why to Use the Adams Adjustable Gap Receiver (AGR)

    I put together a video explaining the need for an AGR and also how to use it. Following that I'll post some photos to further illustrate the concept(s).

    One bit of perspective first. As far as I know. ALL receivers will cause a gap between the end of the mouthpiece shank and the start of the leadpipe (hidden inside the larger receiver). If the insertion depth of your mouthpiece creates a good gap on the horn you use, then the AGR doesn't matter. But keep in mind that different mouthpiece ...

    Updated 11-21-2021 at 07:35 PM by davewerden

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    Euphonium-Tuba Blog , General Tuba-Euphonium Blog , Instruments and Equipment
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