- Who can play the baritone? Is there a recommended age, or can size or teeth be an issue?
- If it is not suitable for everyone, what alternative instrument would you recommend and why?
- What qualities of the baritone are special?
- Learning to play any instrument develops lots of new skills. What are the particular benefits of playing the baritone?
- How are baritones similar/different to other brass instruments?
- Are there any famous musicians or pieces associated with the baritone?
Ideally you need your second teeth! The baritone is an excellent starter instrument for young brass players ideally in year 3-4 or above.
Whilst the baritone looks big, you need to cuddle it and rest it on your lap. For smaller children you may consider the cornet or tenor horn.
The baritone is predominantly a brass band instrument, though they are often played in wind bands too.
Playing the baritone is:
Good for breathing and posture especially for those who suffer from asthma.
You can join lots of groups.
Playing encourages independent learning as well as working as part of a team.
The baritone's full name is the 'baritone horn' - it's a type of saxhorn. It looks like a smaller version of the tuba and euphonium and a slighter bigger version of the tenor horn.
In Yorkshire we have some of the world's leading brass bands - there are usually two baritones in a brass band.