Revised and augmented in 2003.
Composer: Bobo, Roger (*1938)
Year of composition: 1993
Level: easy / advanced
Ref. # TU5
Roger Bobo's expert text on the tuba includes exercises and instruction on the following: technical skills, musical skills, mouthpiece exercises, legato, breath control, octaves, articulation and hundreds more topics. This book is presented in three languages: English, French, and German.
Roger Bobo is one of the world's most renowed tubist and brass pedagogues. He is a graduate of the prestigious Eastman School of Music and has successively been principal tubist with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebow Amsterdam and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also very active as a studio musician in the Hollywood film industry. Since 1990, Roger Bobo has made his home in Europe, and has established himself as one of Europe's most popular brass soloist. Additionally, Roger Bobo is much in demand as a teacher of all brass instruments, presenting master classes regularly all over the world. He is a member of the brass faculties of the Lausanne & Bern Conservatory. Many important composers have written music for Roger Bobo, and he has recorded seven releases for Crystal Records (USA).
"Music instruments are only tools, personally chosen tools, for expression through music. In order to make music, the tools must work. Many of these exercises are modifications of exercises for other instruments, many are original, all of them are good. Every player needs to discover his own optimum warm-up. Of course it will change from person to person and for a single musician it will change from day to day. That’s the trick; no book can guide a player through his optimum personal warm-ups, but I sincerely hope that the materials in this book will help you find your best path. The exercises in this book are very easy to memorize; leave the book out of the warm-up process as soon as possible. Change the routine in someway everyday. Have the courage to experiment; these exercises are only starting ideas. Be your own teacher: a patient, persevering, wise and kind teacher, a teacher who is keenly aware of your personal needs, and a teacher who knows the joys of making music. Now proceed as a student with a balance of patience and perseverance."
-- Roger Bobo