Feature

Making and Maintaining a Great Lip-Reed by Dr. Stacy Baker

The Zone

The Fourth Valve by Wesley Jacobs
ARBAN ZONE
FEATURE FEATURE

WELCOME

In this edition of ARBAN ZONE , Dr. Stacy Baker offers insight concerning embouchure, breath control, buzzing and many other important topics for tubists (and all brass players). My article in The ZONE discusses (in depth) the fourth valve. How to use it, tune it, and adapt your technique to it.
Wesley Jacobs
Dr. Stacy Baker Professor, Morehead State University
Wesley Jacobs principal tubist (ret.) Detroit Symphony
Dr. Stacey Baker

Brief Thoughts

for Difficult Times

Danish Proverb : “Prediction is difficult, especially when dealing with the future.” Despite this sage advice, I will hazard to make some general predictions and observations about the Great Pandemic and our future as brass players. The overall routine of life will return to near-normal in the not too dis - tant future. This statement is purposely vague but also clear enough to offer some guidance. The number of musical performances in educational and professional settings will likely return to near-normal within 12-18 months (hope - fully even sooner).

What can you do now to make your future brighter?

Safety : It is obvious that we all should follow the safety guidelines pre - sented by responsible scientists. Time: Many people (but not all) have more free time now than they had before the pandemic began. If you have more available time you should use it wisely. If you hope to be a better musician after the pandemic then you must begin serious work now. Time Use : Your use of time for practice is now totally up to you. With no performing commitments, no rehearsals, and no recitals you are free to practice exactly what you want, as much as you want and need. Now you can practice many more hours without worrying about becoming too tired to perform well in concerts, recitals or classes. When this pandemic is over life will return to normal. You do not want to look back and ask: “What did I do with all that extra time?”

Feature

Making and Maintaining a Great Lip-Reed by Dr. Stacy Baker

The Zone

The Fourth Valve by Wesley Jacobs
ARBAN ZONE
FEATURE FEATURE Wesley Jacobs

WELCOME

In this edition of ARBAN ZONE , Dr. Stacy Baker offers insight concerning embouchure, breath control, buzzing and many other important topics for tubists (and all brass players). My article in The ZONE discusses (in depth) the fourth valve. How to use it, tune it, and adapt your technique to it.
Dr. Stacy Baker Professor, Morehead State University
Wesley Jacobs principal tubist (ret.) Detroit Symphony
Dr. Stacey Baker

Brief Thoughts

for Difficult Times

Danish Proverb : “Prediction is difficult, especially when dealing with the future.” Despite this sage advice, I will hazard to make some general predictions and observations about the Great Pandemic and our future as brass players. The overall routine of life will return to near-nor - mal in the not too distant future. This statement is purposely vague but also clear enough to offer some guidance. The number of musical performances in educa - tional and professional settings will likely return to near-normal within 12-18 months (hopefully even sooner).

What can you do now to make your future

brighter?

Safety : It is obvious that we all should follow the safety guidelines presented by responsible scientists. Time: Many people (but not all) have more free time now than they had before the pandemic began. If you have more available time you should use it wisely. If you hope to be a better musician after the pandemic then you must begin serious work now. Time Use : Your use of time for practice is now totally up to you. With no performing commitments, no rehearsals, and no recitals you are free to practice exactly what you want, as much as you want and need. Now you can practice many more hours with - out worrying about becoming too tired to perform well in concerts, recitals or classes. When this pandemic is over life will return to normal. You do not want to look back and ask: “What did I do with all that extra time?”