Blending & Pitch: Recording Ave Maria 11 Years Apart

This month I challenged myself to revisit an arrangement I recorded eleven years ago to find out what a decade of work has done to my playing. I was curious if I'd eliminated any bad habits or learned any new ones.


When I first recorded Chanticleer's recording of Ave Maria back in 2010 I had been playing tuba for less than a year. While preparing and recording I concentrated almost exclusively on blending and a happy byproduct of that was considerably improved pitch. This year I've given it another shot for experiment's sake and found the same thing to be true. In the last 11 years I've changed tremendously as a musician and person, and I had to rethink my articulations and phrasing, but the result of focusing on blend and timbre was that my pitch improved.


As a followup to my post about range I have to say while focusing on a clean articulation and steady airstream part of my mind always equates those to things to range. I have had a freakish high range since I was a teenager, but low register has always eluded me. Arnold Jacobs and Ed Kleinhammer studied the physics of wave