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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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Tomorrow it’s time to go to America again!
The 2017 April US tour begins in Louisiana and takes me to Mississippi, Texas and Kansas where I will perform solo recitals, a concert with wind symphony and give master classes to brass students as well as audiences of entire music departments.
Detailed schedule below.

For Octubatour requests (Oct 23 - Nov 10), please contact: danmcdanielmanagement@gmail.com

April 4-6
Southeastern Louisiana University
Contact: Brian Gallion brian.gallion@selu.edu
Tue 4
2-3 PM Master Class with brass students - Physics of playing a brass instrument
Wed 5
2:00 PM Master Class with tuba/euphonium studio
Thu 6
2:00PM Master Class with all music school students (Interpretation of music - why is that necessary, and how to approach it)
7:30PM Evening Concert with Wind Symphony

April 8
Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
Contact: Richard Human richard.human@gmail.com
3:30-5:30PM Tuba-Euphonium Master Class (Music Building C)
7:30PM Recital (Harrison Auditorium)

April 9-10
University of Southern Mississippi
Contact: Richard Perry richard.h.perry@usm.edu
Sun 9
7:30 PM Evening Recital
Mon 10
9:00 AM Master Class

April 11-12
Texas Tech University
Contact: Kevin Wass kevin.wass@ttu.edu
Tue 11
5-6 PM Brass clinic at School of Music
7-9 PM Tuba and Euphonium master class at Legacy Event Center
Wed 12
8:00 PM Recital

April 14
Kansas State University
Contact: Steven Maxwell smaxwell@ksu.edu
2:30 PM Master Class in All Faiths Chapel
7:30 PM Recital in All Faiths Chapel
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This music is so fun to play it should be forbidden!
Here is the third movement from the Bach flute sonata in Eb.
From a concert in Linköping Feb 14 together with Rena Hashimoto on piano.
https://youtu.be/nm_t7CgmAhs
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Jeg gjør en konsert og masterclass på Norges Musikkhøgskole i Oslo i morgen, søndag 19 mars.
Mulighet for å prøve Miraphone tubaer.
12.00-15.00 Mesterklasse med 5 tubastudenter Kammersal 2 (U1020)
12.00-17.00 Utstilling fra tyske Miraphone med flere tubamodeller Kammersal 1 (U1018)
17.00-18.00 Konsert med Øystein Baadsvik og Natallia Papova (piano)
Gratis entré!
For detaljer ring Torbjørn Kvist på 402 90 572
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