The tuba has a soft and large sound. It is the lowest of the brass instruments, and the tubist has an important job in a wind band to provide the base for the entire orchestra. The tuba is also present in a symphonic orchestra. Despite its reputation as a slow instrument, the tuba has many solo pieces written for it. In addition, the tuba is a diverse instrument in chamber music and a common sight in brass quintets and tuba ensembles. The tuba can also replace the bass in some rhythmic ensembles!

A good starting age is around 10, but there have been younger beginners as well, and some older pupils catch on quickly to the joy of playing the tuba. Smaller pupils can start with the smaller euphonium and switch to the tuba later on.

You need a mouthpiece and the instrument itself to play the tuba. The music institute has some instruments for rent.


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