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From: "Corwin D. Moore"
Date: Wed, 23 May 2001 22:47:34 EDT
Subject: Re: [CB] county as country

>Hmmm.  I think you mean "theorbo".

Oops. Yes. Looks line one mean continuo instrument.

- Corwin Moore



Date: Wed, 23 May 2001 21:10:13 -0700 (PDT)
From: JJ McLallen
Subject: Re: [CB] [CB Digest]

> I have a few questions.  First of all, what would all of you do?  How would
> the bari's tone quality affect playing tenor parts?  How hard would it be to
> switch to a brass instrument (ie embochoure concerns, etc.)?  Any other
> advice you can offer will be greatly appreciated.  I apologize for the
> length of this message, but there are even things i went back and edited
> out, the whole situation is so complicated.  Thanks for reading!
> -Billy

I played clarinet in High School, switched to percussion my
Junior year, then in college played cymbals for a year. I
decided to learn euphonium for my second year because I couldn't
stand the politics in the drumline anymore, I could already read
bass clef, so that was no problem. I think after about three
weeks I was proficient enough that I could site-read certain
charts. My tone never got all that good, but if you practice
enough you should be fine.

JJ - repair tech in Denver.

PS -- the repad on the bari would probably cost about $500



Date: Wed, 23 May 2001 18:09:25 -0700
From: David Flager
Subject: Re: [CB] [CB Digest]

From: "Billy O'Hara"

Hello everybody.  This is my first post to this forum.
Here's the problem.  Our band program is very small.  Enrollment this year
was about 30.  The band director grates on a lot of people's nerves

My advise to you is. Do exactly what YOU want to do.

I was my schools concert master the latter two years of high school,
first chair alto sax & woodwind rehearsal director. Our conductor would
take the brass for rehearsal. My point is this...

my junior year of HS I was getting bored of the elemental sax parts. Our
band wasn't super great & I was thinking it would be much more fun to
learn the tuba. my best friend was 2nd chair alto & was never going to
be first chair no matter how much he practiced.  What I did was going to
make me & my best friend much happier & made my director flameing mad.

I informed my director that I'd like to take an old baritone home over
the summer vacation & teach myself the tuba fingerings. He agreed, not
knowing my further plans.

Upon returning to school my senior year the band director discovered
that I had not signed up for the sax section or even advanced band. I
further informed him that I would continue study on the tuba in
intermediate band. he was pissed. I explained that the only way I would
rejoin the band was to march the season with a sousaphone & play tuba
for most outside performances. rejoining the woodwinds for concert
season. He refused but was told by the priciple to accept it.

I was much happier, my best friend was happy & as a result the marching
season was the best that band had ever had. I enjoy the tuba to this day
& still own tubas & saxophones.

PS learning tuba was a snap. DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO. within the law of
course. Ha!

Dave F

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