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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 …

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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.

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Sound is nothing. Music is everything.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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So I am doing this TEDx talk tomorrow. We did a test run today and it ran 1 minute 13 seconds too long. Although the organizers loved the performance I've been told to cut something. Should I cut text or music?
Here is how I think: The reason I am doing the talk in the first place is to win people over, to make the audience excited and to love the instrument. I am not trying to teach them tuba history. I leave that to people with a passion for that. I've got passion for music so I think I'm going to cut a few words.
Am I doing the right choice?
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Getting ready for my first TEDx talk on Sunday. My Passion for Tuba in 12 minutes, including music.
When preparing for the talk I searched for “tuba” on the TED web page. I got three results.
1. “Marking Tuna”🤔
2. “Doctors on Cuba”🤔
3. “Solar energy”🤔🤔🤔
It’s about time we get some REAL TUBA out there.
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Looking forward to yet another trip to USA.
This year's Octubatour Schedule:
24. Western Michigan University - master classes
25. Western Michigan University - Recital
Contact: Jacob Cameron (jacob.cameron@wmich.edu)
26. Valparaiso University Center for the Arts
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Contact: Richard Watson (219-716-0863)
28. Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago
Contact: William Russell (wm.r.russell@gmail.com)
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