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Postby clintontuba2 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:20 pm

Would the parts in the Tuba Christmas book sound good as a trio? Just wondering if it could be played with just 3 voices instead of 4. Thinking of caroling some during the holidays this year and wanted to try it with just 3 parts. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Tuba Christmas book

Postby the elephant » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:15 pm

I know that at least parts 1, 3 and 4 have the melody in different places. I think all four may pass it around, though. Book 1 has it most of the time, and I know that I have played the melody on both tuba parts in the past. I have never played part 2, but since it supports the melody so often *I* would not drop it. I think I would avoid doing this. Can you not locate another euph player?
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Re: Tuba Christmas book

Postby pauvog1 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:08 pm

I had a similar experience once, we had to take it on a piece by piece basis. Some of them work "okay" as a trio, but overall that was still pretty far from ideal.
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Re: Tuba Christmas book

Postby clintontuba2 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:33 am

Thanks for the replies. I could probably get 4 parts covered, but around the holidays it can be harder to find. I was just wondering if it would work. Thanks guys.
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Re: Tuba Christmas book

Postby IOS » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:17 pm

Use Winston Morris' Tuba Carols. There are just three parts for each tune and the arrangements are fine.
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Re: Tuba Christmas book

Postby tylerferris1213 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:29 pm

You'd be better off re-arranging the book to make sure the melody, counter-melody, and harmony are there. I've tried reading through the book with 3 players, but it is always missing something.
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Re: Tuba Christmas book

Postby ken k » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:47 pm

You are reading off the scores, right? I would think with a first euph and and a bass tuba and a third guy floating between the middle two parts you could do it. Make sure someone plays the third of the chord on the final chord and you are good to go.... They are Christmas carols being played on tubas; it ain't Mozart....
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