All beginning tubists want to play the “good stuff” within weeks of picking up the instrument for the first time. With Holtz and Verdi out on the horizon, along with fun, contemporary pieces, who really wants to slog through scales studies and 100 variations of Hot Cross Buns?
In reality, the masterwork pieces remain inaccessible until the novice begins to truly master the horn. Mastery? It requires patience, humility, practice, a dash of talent, and a willingness to endure constructive criticism if the criticism stokes steady improvement.