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Home after a hectic trip around the world

First a trip to India May 16. To the Norwegian Embassy in Delhi that has invited me to play a solo concert to celebrate the 200 anniversary of the Norwegian constitution. Then, two hours after the last tone was played in India, directly to Canada to do …


Travel with tuba, the solution?

  As all tuba players know, travelling with our piece of metal is a challenge. Damages like dents in the bell, twisted bell, damaged valve section and a broken case are just a few. At the airport we need to pay extra, wait in line to check the special luggage, wait for the oversized luggage to arrive etc etc.


Sound is nothing. Music is everything.

I am SICK and tired of all the emphasis on sound quality in music competitions.


Playing unmusically is as bad as playing in the wrong key

When someone with a great sound or not, unconsciously break every musical rule in the book, it hurts. My entire body hurts and I want to cry! I can't stand it! Imagine listening to a hornist playing an entire Mozart concerto in E when the orchestra plays in Eb. That how it feels.


It’s not magic – A note on practicing

I once gave a master class with a gifted student in Taipei, Taiwan. There were six other students in the room followed the class, and at one point in the class we recorded the student’s performance of the first movement of the Vaughan Williams concerto while he played with a metronome. After listening to the performance, we agreed that a lot of things were good but in one particular 16-note passage the performer was obviously dragging.


Electric tuba

My first experiences with something that could be called a home studio were my neighbor’s ancient stereo tape recorder. I borrowed it because it allowed me to record and play back my tuba playing. But more important, it made it possible to record one track, and then record a second track while listening to the first allowing me to record duets with myself!


The new Miraphone E-flats

I was asked in 2001 by the president in Miraphone, Markus Theinert, to participate in the development of a new e-flat tuba. We set out to make the tuba of my dreams.


Tuba the light instrument

Self-contradictory? Both yes and no I would say. We are, of course, talking about the heaviest instrument in the orchestra, but please bear in mind that there is a huge difference between heavy weight and heavy playing! Compared to a grand piano the tuba is roughly 30 times lighter. No one expects the piano to sound heavy just because its a huge instrument. So, why does tuba so often sound clumsy and big?


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Finally done with the last recording session on my next CD. It'll be something completely unique! From the left: Toms, me, L. Subramaniam, Fabian, Ingo and Kavita. ... See MoreSee Less

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Fnugg Red on Hong Kong "national" TV. Ben Pierce and I was interviewed and played a world premiere of the duet version of Fnugg Red last week. Much fun!
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Last week’s Asia Tuba Euphonium Festival at the Chinese University of Hong Kong featured around 50 players from Norway, the United States, Korea, Japan, Thailand and Taiwan. While they were here, tuba players, Øystein Baadsvik from Norway and Benjamin Pierce from the United States came in to talk to fellow brass musician, Ben Pelletier. ASIA Tuba Euphonium Festival 2017 #ØysteinBaadsvik #BenjaminPierce #Tuba #Euphonium #LowBrass #Multiphonics #LipBeat #Fnugg

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