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Re: Tubas and Beards
I had a great lady who was my high school assignment for student teaching. She did not let her private teachers have beards or mustaches because the kids could not see the emboushure examples. She had insanely good bands back in the day. Probably would not go over today too well.
I can't even play with mine, so I shave the "soul patch" area above my chin. If that thing grows very much, I just can't play.
My mustache sometimes gets in the way of a good seal on extreme pedal range, but those notes don't show up often. (It also makes me think twice about dropping down an octave when it isn't written...)
Nine times out of ten, I can play everything needed with a good sound if I just shave that soul patch.
Hello Yellow Boarders. This odd-sounding question is for all of my beard-wielding tuba friends out there: Do you notice a distinct difference in your tone quality when in full bearded glory vs. when you have shaved? And follow up question: how do you make sure you still get a good tone and even seal on the mouthpiece when your whiskers are in full growth? I am by no means a great tuba player, but I can get a good sound when I am clean-shaven. However, I always feel like I sound God-awful when I have my beard. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!