Posted by Howard on April 05, 1999 at 14:52:26:
In Reply to: Re: Re: excerpts posted by Tom Caudron on April 05, 1999 at 07:53:45:
Actually, in my retirement years, I have the time to play in about 16 different amateur and semipro ensembles, whichever is active at any given time.. I use anything from picc trumpet to contrabass tuba dependent on what each group needs. Playing all the brass instruments reasonably well is a daunting task and is not common. But, I am very surprised that more players don't try it. After all, if one develops a steady stream of air and a four octave buzz, and places a mouthpiece (any size) over the buzz, a sound will be generated and can be developed. I know for a fact that several people on this BBS double on bass trombone and other brass instruments. I feel the most important factors in doubling or tripling on multiple instruments are facility in reading various clefs, advanced transposition skills, ability to hear the pitch before playing it, and air flow management.