When one has lost their place in a tune, how can one play a non-specific note sound on the tuba to replace an actual note – to keep the rhythm/tempo going until they find where they are?

I have searched for information on this idea, but was unable to find anything.

  • I'm intrigued - what's the musical context? Oct 17 at 12:05
  • I would work something out with someone in your ensemble, so they can help you find your place. Oct 19 at 5:29
  • @BrianTHOMAS - From the title, it sounds like the context is Dixieland. Oct 19 at 5:29

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Firstly make sure you have a mouthpiece extractor available and only then... slap the mouthpiece with the palm of your right hand.

  • That's how I used to determine the base note on my trumpet!
    – Tim
    Oct 17 at 18:45

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