The Tuba is a large, brass instrument with an equally big cupped mouth piece. This instrument can also be referred to as a large valved bugle, a highly flexible instrument capable of producing strong tones.
How to play the Tuba? In order to produce music on the tuba, a player must buzz his lips into the mouthpiece, thus producing sound through vibrations.
Look & Feel The Tuba comes in several different sizes ranging from 18 feet to 12 feet long and pitches such as C, F, E-Flat and B-Flat.
The 3 main components of this brass instrument includes – the mouthpiece pointing towards the player, a flared large bell facing upwards and a conical bore. What is fascinating about the Tuba is the manner in which the bore forms an elliptical shape through its coils.
History – Looking Back As compared to most other brass instruments, the Tuba is relatively a new entrant in the world of music in general and in the world of symphony orchestra in particular. It is believed that the Tuba replaced the Ophicleide and took over the bass parts in an orchestral setting.
It is believed that the first Tuba was created in the year 1835 and by the mid 1840’s, several variations came into existence. In fact, it is only during the early 19th century that the Tuba gained mainstream recognition.
Holding the Tuba Larger tubas are played by resting them on the player’s lap. In some cases, the instrument is held in a comfortable position with the help of attached straps. Smaller tubas are easily held in the arm.
Different Types of Tuba The most commonly recognised types of Tuba include –
- Wagner Tuba, etc.
Famous Tuba Players & Artists include
- Tom Abbs
- James Akins
- Kenneth Amis
- Alan Baer
- Roger Bobo, etc.
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