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[Music] I grew up listening to recording to this band you know all throughout middle school in high school and and I saw there's an opening and my found a year of grad school I knew that I had to take Denison generally my warm-up begins inside of my lovely DC commute with my mouthpiece in my car and usually hopefully you know if the traffic is good it's no longer than 15 minutes if it's really bad then I get myself in a nice 30-minute mouthpiece buzzing routine in the morning and I don't really do very I don't do anything necessarily descript inside of my buzzing I usually just go for creating a nice relaxed sound and ease of breath I do lots of sirens like that just glisten up and down and then I'll go to maybe you know a few arpeggio still with the Gliss and then inside of my car trying to be as relaxed as I can taking in the breath letting the breath come back out again with ease and creating a nice resonant sound you know in the mouthpiece there are different many different schools of thought if you know how you should bust a mouthpiece I think at the end of the day it should always be the most easy and best sound you can create and then when I come into work and I pick up my tuba I usually start in the middle to low register and out probably liken this to stretching for a dancer or any other athlete I just do kind of again very similar to what I was doing on the mouthpiece [Music] and I'll do that a few times the point of doing that is going through and I slur I try to do it across all the registers my instrument so I can feel where the tightness is my playing and this again the same way that if I were an athlete in another way I try to feel hey great you know this part of my body's feeling a little bit of a little bit of tightness and I need to actually work on getting that out before I go to plenty instrument so I'll do that a few more times and expand the range [Music] [Music] and then after I do that usually depending on the morning it can take me more time than I would like just to get that feeling of looseness and relaxation decided both my body and my embouchure I'll go on to probably a few more exercises but the same idea [Music] [Music] I repeat a lot of things over and over again so I my warmup for me is usually pretty basic because I like repeating things so I can I guess use that as a metric for whether or not I'm actually loose or too tight or you know on tour for example my warm-up changes from how it is now you know in this time of year I'm not always playing band concerts whereas on tour it's the concert every night's my face usually is a little bit tighter so I change it I play lots more things in the total register I guess my overall point is I think that warm-ups are very personal thing and they should depend and change based on what your playing is and where you are [Music] [Music] I've actually had concerts where after the concert someone comes up and goes what what are you doing your slide so much I didn't know you know you're not playing the trombone why are you moving your slide so much when I was in high school I didn't move my slides very much then as I got into undergrad and grad school my teachers pointed out that you know technically you know trumpet players they always are manipulating the third slide we kind of don't we're not we don't have to do that because we have a fourth valve and tuba players know this but when it comes to the first valve you can manipulate that quite a bit and depending on the register in the range say for example on this instrument it will be always dependent on the instrument this note here [Music] you [Music]