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Is a mute required for the tuba?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:04 pm
by Mark
Combining trombone 3 and tuba parts is just a cheap way to save printing a page of music. I don't like it and it can cause confusion.

At rehearsal letter B, is the tuba muted?

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Re: Is a mute required for the tuba?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:18 pm
by the elephant
Looking at how the two parts work together I would say yes. The notation for the bone is because it is requesting something other than simply "sordino" (cup) whereas we really only use one type of mute. It is a very poorly marked part.

I would have put either "Tbn. III: cup mute/Tuba: open" (with no "sordino" indication) or "con sordino a2 (Tbn. III: cup)" as these both are more specific and not much longer than what was used.

Either way, I would bring the mute but ASK what the conductor wants. However, if you did not ask I am betting that no one will notice whether you use a mute or not, except for the bass boner.

Re: Is a mute required for the tuba?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:22 pm
by Mark
the elephant wrote:Looking at how the two parts work together I would say yes.


I think I agree. This will be the only piece of music for the entire Christmas Pops concert series that requires mute. Arghh!

the elephant wrote:It is a very poorly marked part.


Yes, and had they not been so lazy and printed separate parts, this question would not have arisen.

Re: Is a mute required for the tuba?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:09 pm
by bloke
Take this advice, Mark:



The song (in the cartoon) is sung in an icy/whispery voice. I'd probably advise using a mute. If you need to borrow my Stonelined Recording Bass Mute, lemme know. :|

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