- Who can play the tuba? 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 tuba are special?
- Learning to play any instrument develops lots of new skills. What are the particular benefits of playing the tuba?
- How are tubas similar/different to other brass instruments?
- Are there any famous musicians or pieces associated with the tuba?
The tuba is the largest member of the brass family. We use mini tubas as well as full size instruments, but even the smaller instruments need a fair amount of muscle. Players ideally should be in year 5 or above.
The euphonium, baritone and tenor horn are the same shape, though half the size.
The tuba produces a rich, deep sound and provides the bass line of ensembles.
Playing the tuba 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 tubas are the big ones! Occasionally, you can see a sousaphone - the American equivalent that wraps around the player!
It's best to start on a smaller model and move onto a bigger tuba as you grow.
John Fletcher was a tuba legend - many film scores and solo pieces were written with him in mind - including Star Wars, E.T. and many more.