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Hitting a Wall, II

Postby bloke » Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:31 pm

Don't be stupid like me.
I have been struggling for the past two or three weeks to play my F tuba.
Some people think I'm pretty good at fixing stuff.
Others - likely fewer, think I'm pretty good at playing the tuba.
I finally realized that my fourth valve has been barely dragging, and throwing everything off.
Be sure that the wall you're hitting is not your instrument.
Have I been working really hard to overcome this? Yes.
Has it been a stupid waste of time? Yes.
Did the need for all that work disappear as soon as I fixed my fourth valve? Yes.
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Re: Hitting a Wall, II

Postby timayer » Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:03 pm

Had something similar happen years ago. Bumper got chipped a little bit, throwing the 4th valve alignment off. Spent HOURS working on getting a better sound through the added resistance of all that tubing I added by pressing the 4th valve, I thought. It didn't occur to me that two days prior, my tone with the 4th valve was just fine and I couldn't have regressed like that in 48 hours. HAD to be me.

Finally noticed the chip, got it fixed, and what do you know? All of my hours of practice paid off, because my tone problems were fixed.
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