Chicken Scratch Press – Wrobleski – 48 Low Register Studies for Tuba

$18.00

These studies were written as a means for developing not only a solid, good-sounding low register, but also as a means of developing one’s skills at reading music with multiple ledger lines. While this book is by no means intended to be thought of as a substitute for practicing Bordogni studies down two octaves, it does give the player a chance to spend time in an oft-neglected area of tuba playing: the low (pedal) register.

 

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Reprinted from ITEA JOURNAL, Volume 30, Number 1, Fall 2002
48 Low Register Studies for Tuba by Micky Wrobleski
Chicken Scratch Press.Copyright 2002.
These studies by Micky Wrobleski were inspired by his first lesson with Gene Pokorny in 1995. Since Wrobleski is also a composer, Gene encouraged him to write some new material that he could use to develop his low range. His objectives were to develop a solid low range, as well as develop the players ability to read music with multiple ledger lines. He did not post tempi, dynamics, or phrase markings, so as to allow the player to have some flexibility with the exercises.

The book is wire spiral hound, with a card stock cover, moderately priced at $12.00. The manuscript is relatively small with some fade-out in both the lines of the staves and the ledger lines. More low range etudes are desperately needed in our repertory, and Wrobleski has some very good ideas. In the etudes themselves, however, the melodic lines are a bit jagged and disjoint with quite a few awkward interval leaps. For most players as they approach the low range, it is helpful to use smooth, melodic patterns with intervals that ease them into the troubled areas. This allows the player to have more relaxed, better prepared airflow, the key ingredient for good playing in any range.

Janet Tracy, Trinity University

These studies were written as a means for developing not only a solid, good-sounding low register, but also as a means of developing one’s skills at reading music with multiple ledger lines. While this book is by no means intended to be thought of as a substitute for practicing Bordogni studies down two octaves, it does give the player a chance to spend time in an oft-neglected area of tuba playing: the low (pedal) register.

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Weight .69 lbs
Dimensions 1 x 1 x 1 in