[Dixielandjazz] Re: THE ARTISTIC GRIMACE

David Richoux tubaman at batnet.com
Thu Jul 22 12:26:21 PDT 2004

I do a lot of "street band" tuba playing (just about as much as 
stage/club performances ) and I have noticed that people do not pay 
much attention to bass/tuba solos unless I stand up and move around a 
lot. If I am playing the best solo I have ever done and am sitting down 
behind my tuba I see people looking around, trying to figure out who is 
actually playing! (same thing happens when our drummer is singing - he 
often gets hidden by the front line.)

If I am playing a Sousaphone or Helicon, and/or standing up and moving 
around as I play - then the audience has a bit more of a clue and 
sometimes I get a little applause at the end. If I have time at the end 
of my solo I try to give a little bow or other acknolegment of the 
applause (when it happens...)

Dave Richoux
>> Well put.  I was about to express the same thought.   I think a 
>> smile, or
>> even an occasional laugh goes a lot farther.
>>    Pat Cooke
> A smiling Bass Player speaks loudly that he is high and knows they are 
> not
> going to give him a solo anyway so he just stands there smiling and 
> being as
> high as he wants to be.:))
> The really Good Bass players I know  have mastered the scowl, :)
> Musical content:
> "I get no Kick from Champagne,"
> Cheers,
> Tom Wiggins
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