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Tuba Player's Bucket List?

Postby Tuba Shorty » Wed May 23, 2018 11:15 am

Just for fun, I thought I'd start a thread about a Tuba Player's Bucket List. Post your top tuba related things that are on your bucket list. Here's some of mine,

-Meet Patrick Sheridan
-Go to V&E Historical Tuba Center in North Carolina
-Go to a Tuba Convention
-Play tuba in Europe
-Get into a symphony that tours the world
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Re: Tuba Player's Bucket List?

Postby bloke » Wed May 23, 2018 11:18 am

Play Mahler 2 with a really competent ensemble.
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Re: Tuba Player's Bucket List?

Postby Oldschooltuba » Wed May 23, 2018 11:33 am

Win a concerto contest and play with the orchestra. Making the lever entry recording today. Recording the first two movements of Reflection on the Mississippi with piano. If I get past that I play in person with piano. The good news is the judges love the piece I am playing.
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Re: Tuba Player's Bucket List?

Postby Three Valves » Wed May 23, 2018 11:56 am

Start my life over again.

This time with talent!!

At least I got a shot at these two...

-Go to V&E Historical Tuba Center in North Carolina
-Go to a Tuba Convention (Other than FT Myer)
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Re: Tuba Player's Bucket List?

Postby Ace » Wed May 23, 2018 12:30 pm

bloke wrote:Play Mahler 2 with a really competent ensemble.


Yep. That's an excellent aspiration. Especially with a group like this.

https://youtu.be/jpngMjN6fmQ?t=4

Also, the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus' performance a few years ago was one of the most thrilling musical experiences I've been privileged to hear. I was seated on the side row near the stage, about 30' from the brass section. Tubist Jeff Anderson and his brass colleagues produced some very lovely and sacred moments, especially in the brass chorale section.

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Re: Tuba Player's Bucket List?

Postby Tuba Shorty » Wed May 23, 2018 2:09 pm

Oldschooltuba wrote:Win a concerto contest and play with the orchestra. Making the lever entry recording today. Recording the first two movements of Reflection on the Mississippi with piano. If I get past that I play in person with piano. The good news is the judges love the piece I am playing.


I too have wanted to go out for a concerto contest. What concerto contest are you auditioning for?
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Re: Tuba Player's Bucket List?

Postby roweenie » Wed May 23, 2018 3:00 pm

Travel to Germany and tour all the big (and small) tuba manufacturing firms (especially around Markneukirchen), and as an added bonus, become proficient enough in German to converse without making a fool of myself..... :oops:
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Re: Tuba Player's Bucket List?

Postby pecktime » Wed May 23, 2018 10:51 pm

My bucket list: be able to swing a walking bass line on tuba
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Re: Tuba Player's Bucket List?

Postby bloke » Wed May 23, 2018 11:08 pm

Please apply for admission to blokeplace Conservatory.
We do have a work-study program
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Re: Tuba Player's Bucket List?

Postby pecktime » Thu May 24, 2018 12:27 am

bloke wrote:Please apply for admission to blokeplace Conservatory.
We do have a work-study program


I don’t think i’d survive!

From what I’ve heard, it’s easier to join the SAS, Green Berets and Delta Force than graduate Blokeplace.
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Re: Tuba Player's Bucket List?

Postby Fergie » Thu May 24, 2018 10:24 am

Get hired to play 4'33" on an A-sharp tuba
Dvorak probably wrote the the fourteen notes in New World Symphony to get his tuba friends a gig.
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Re: Tuba Player's Bucket List?

Postby bloke » Thu May 24, 2018 10:36 am

pecktime wrote:
bloke wrote:Please apply for admission to blokeplace Conservatory.
We do have a work-study program


I don’t think i’d survive!

From what I’ve heard, it’s easier to join the SAS, Green Berets and Delta Force than graduate Blokeplace.


You could do like the young folks in the NYC/Philly conservatories and "come-and-go". :wink:

I guarantee you that - within 6 weeks - you would be playing some decent two-beat bass lines, and - within 6 more - some pretty good 4/4 ones as well.

youtube offers ~endless~ study materials.
Listen on your phone or laptop with headphones and study some people who sound really competent to you.
Play without headphones (poor bass response with the little on-board speakers) and give it a go !
Just as with golf, or anything else: hopeless...awful...poor...bad...discouraging...so-so...fair...OK...good...great...excellent...superb...remarkable

hint: A larger percentage of bass players (vs. tuba) offer clever/harmonious bass lines.
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Re: Tuba Player's Bucket List?

Postby Sous-Chef-Phone » Thu May 24, 2018 7:49 pm

From most achievable to least achievable:

-Play at a TubaChristmas... like, at least once. :roll:
-Develop enough lung capacity to not have to take awkward breaths all the time.
-Learn how to walk bass on tuba.
-Own a sousaphone
-Upgrade from 3 valves
-Play jazz tuba in New Orleans
-Play one of those colossal subcontrabass tubas
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Re: Tuba Player's Bucket List?

Postby Heavy_Metal » Thu May 24, 2018 11:42 pm

roweenie wrote:Travel to Germany and tour all the big (and small) tuba manufacturing firms (especially around Markneukirchen), and as an added bonus, become proficient enough in German to converse without making a fool of myself..... :oops:


This, including Geretsreid, Waldkraiburg and especially Mainz- and find a group there to sit in with.
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Re: Tuba Player's Bucket List?

Postby Three Valves » Fri May 25, 2018 8:01 am

I'm calling Viking Cruises now!!
Who needs four valves??

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Re: Tuba Player's Bucket List?

Postby paulver » Fri May 25, 2018 8:59 am

I've toured Europe several times, and heard tons of bands.... and tuba players. Would love to get good enough to "sit in" with a really good German band.....in Germany. Get good enough to "sit in" with ANY band, actually. Have done it a few times, but feel rather self-conscious instead of totally enjoying the experience. My concerns and lack of confidence, build up just before the downbeat! Once we get it going, I relax a bit and start to enjoy playing. Just once, I'd love to walk in confident enough in my abilities, sit down, and just let 'er rip without a care in the world!!

I know........ put my butt in the chair, and practice, practice, practice!!! And..... I'm doing that. I just wish I'd done it way earlier in life.
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Re: Tuba Player's Bucket List?

Postby Lee Stofer » Fri May 25, 2018 9:16 am

My bucket list would include;

- retiring from the shop, cleaning out the barn of all instruments, and at the end of all that, having one good tuba and one good sousaphone to play and still being able to gig.
- donate some tuba repairs to the National Music Museum, repairing/cleaning at least some of their tuba collection.

- build a set of silver-plated custom CC tubas for Pershing's Own, with the Pershing's Own logo engraved on the bells.

-go to orchestra/other concerts and just enjoy them, instead of analyzing everything and everyone.
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Re: Tuba Player's Bucket List?

Postby bloke » Fri May 25, 2018 9:27 am

I would like to be able to snap my fingers and have my F tuba picked over (minor dinks) and relacquered.
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Re: Tuba Player's Bucket List?

Postby Tuba Shorty » Fri May 25, 2018 4:28 pm

paulver wrote:Have done it a few times, but feel rather self-conscious instead of totally enjoying the experience. My concerns and lack of confidence, build up just before the downbeat!


I know exactly how that is! I am a sophomore in my school's top band (95% seniors) and I was always terrified to play because I thought someone would judge me. There was one saxophone player who was very cocky and flinched every time I played a wrong note and always glared at me but other than that everyone else was very accepting and it was all just in my head.
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Re: Tuba Player's Bucket List?

Postby Voisi1ev » Fri May 25, 2018 5:12 pm

Not really a list, and I hate perpetuating stereotypes, but ya know.

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