ATTN: (low)Brass Players

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Jeff Moote, Jul 27, 2003.

  1. Jeff Moote

    Jeff Moote Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Beamsville, ON, Canada
    I am (er, was) working on picking up Euphonium and/or Tuba this summer, but have had less than quick progress.

    I really haven't put in much time, but also I need some direction.

    What I really need from you guys is online resources for technique. I have a good understanding of how everything works, but I still can't get the hang out of making my lips make a usable sound.

    Any tips as to where to start would be greatly appreciated.

  2. BassAxe


    Jul 22, 2002
    Culpeper, VA
    I know a tuba/didjeridoo player who is eager to share his knowledge of the instruments. His name is Tim Whittemore. In fact, he has a music degree in music performance with emphasis on tuba.

    Select the link for "bios" at his band's website if you want to email him.

    What is a euphonium?

    Any windplayers seeing this thread, is a sousaphone a type of tuba or would it be incorrect to call a sousaphone a tuba? Just curious.
  3. CamMcIntyre


    Jun 6, 2000
    Euphonium is a differnt kind of baritone. I think the difference is in the bell [my sister plays one]. A sousaphone is the bigger one that is generally seen in marching band where it rests on the players shoulder, goes under an arm, and then bell is generally right above their heads, in marching band we use the terms interchangeably. Any brass players out there feel free to correct me. That's all
  4. BassAxe


    Jul 22, 2002
    Culpeper, VA
    I know what a sousaphone is. I know it fills the role of a tuba. I know that it is played much like a tuba.

    Let me put it this way: A car is an automobile. A truck is an automobile. A car is not a truck and vice versa.

    Get my drift? Now is a sousaphone a tuba or just a different low-frequency wind instrument? (I don't like the terms "brass" and "woodwind" because they don't have to be made of brass and many woodwinds are made of brass. Stupid classifications, if you ask me, which you didn't.)

  5. Darth_Linux


    Oct 12, 2002
    Spokane, WA
    a Baritone has a straight bore, a Euphonium has a conical bore (and therefore a mellower tone), a tuba is a larger baritone (with it's bell pointing up) and a sousaphone is an even larger tuba but with the bell facing forward (used in marching bands).

  6. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    A euphonium is a small tuba, not the other way around. Also known as a piccolo tuba by some.

    A sousaphone is no bigger than a tuba, it is exactly the same. Just wrapped differently for ease of carrying.

    Hey monty, give me an IM, my AIM is TubaBassBoy, and my MSN is I'll give you some pointers and basic technique tips.
  7. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD