TBJ134: Rex Martin on online lessons, Arnold Jacobs and tuba mute hatred. Master pedagogue (and Andrew's former teacher) and tuba soloist Rex Martin shares stories and insights with Andrew & Lance from his new home in Bern, Switzerland.
From his Wikipedia Page:
Rex Martin is one of the world's virtuoso tuba players, appearing on over 70 symphony orchestra recordings. He primarily studied under Edward Livingston and Arnold Jacobs, though he also took lessons with Edward Kleinhammer.
Martin is Professor of Tuba at the Bern University of the Arts in Bern, Switzerland, and Professor of Music Emeritus at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
He was raised in Stronghurst, Illinois and graduated from high school in Chillicothe, Illinois. He married Margreth Trümpi of Ennenda, Switzerland in 1989.
In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:
- Andrew's fear of a future grade
- The bursar's office
- Phish tickets
- Retirement from Northwestern
- Wife/Life in Bern, Switzerland
- Teaching at the Bern University of the Arts
- Joining faculty at the Royal Academy in London (Distinguished International Professor of Brass)
- Dean Martin
- Gold Diggers
- Andrew late for his lesson story
- Rex hates lateness
- Rex and Arnold Jacobs
- Studying with Ed Livingston at Illinois State
- "But let's work on your tone"
- The disconnect between Arnold Jacob's legend and Rex's experience
- High standards and psychology
- Developing the ability to hear low pitches
- The influence of Bud Herseth and Ed Kleinhammer
- "Tonight you can have as many beers as you want!"
- Andrew playing for Mallorie Thompson
- Ed Livingston's influence
- Andrew hearing Rex playing the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto
- Muted tuba
- Mean Rex
- Mike Roylance international online tuba hang
- Teaching online (what works and what doesn't)
- In online lessons, the use of scales and deep listening assignments
- Knuckleheads practicing on Facebook
- Tokyo 7-11 and Tom Waits
- Jen Snow
- Keeping time as a tuba player
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