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Brass

Music Lessons on Brass Instruments

We offer lessons on brass instruments including the trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium and tuba.. Students will start with the basics of their chosen instrument such as proper tone production, hand position, finger placement and breath support. Intermediate and advanced students will further advance their studies through both technical studies and while learning significant repertoire within a variety of styles and genres. All of our lessons include instruction on music theory, notation, and rhythm while students explore classical music, popular music, and jazz!

About the Trumpet

The trumpet is much more than a musical instrument. In fact, the trumpet is a part of world history. For thousands of years, the trumpet has played an essential role in almost every civilization on the planet! The trumpet has soldiered on throughout history, and today it can be heard in all kinds of musical styles, from rock to classical. Remember, your trumpet is much more than a musical instrument. It’s been a clarion call to humanity for centuries.A standout favorite, thanks to its clear focused sound. Virtuosos like Louis Armstrong brought the trumpet to the forefront of popular music during the 1930’s, and its popularity continued for decades, from Dizzy Gillespie to Miles Davis!

About the French Horn

French horns are made as “single” horns or “double” horns or sometimes as a rarely seen “triple” horn. The simplest beginning horn is a single horn which can come in two sizes, either a Bb (“B” flat) or an “F” horn with virtually all advanced students and professional players performing on a double horn. The French horn is popular in bands, symphony orchestras and small instrumental groups. The instrument is also popular among Hollywood composers since they write a lot of movie music for the French horn. It also works very well as a solo instrument.

About the Trombone

The trombone is one of the oldest classical orchestral instruments still being used today. The first documented mention of the trombone was in 1488. However in 1468 the Duke of Burgundy hired a trombone player to play at his wedding. The trombone is equally at home in the orchestra and the jazz hall and is often heard blasting from a horn section in rock and pop music as well. In rock and pop music, the trombone has been heard prominently in bands such as Chicago, Huey Lewis and the News, Prince and Blood, Sweat and Tears.

About the Baritone and Euphonium

The baritone is a member of the brass family. As with all brass instruments, the sound is produced by buzzing the lips into a mouthpiece. The baritone works in the same manner as a trumpet but it’s twice the length. It plays the exact same notes as a trombone and even uses the same mouthpiece. The biggest difference is that the baritone uses valves rather than a slide to change the length of the air flow. The baritone is relatively easy to learn for beginners. The deep beautiful tone from a baritone is attractive to many students who like the sound of a lower voice.

The baritone is not to be confused with the euphonium. Many people use the terms “euphonium” and “baritone” interchangeably, though this is incorrect. The two instruments look alike, but the euphonium has a larger conical bore that gently tapers out to the bell and an extra valve. The baritone has three valves and a smaller, more cylindrical bore.

About the Tuba

The tuba is the lowest-pitched, and largest in the brass family of musical instruments. The tubist (or tubist) creates sound by blowing into the large mouthpiece, which produces vibration in the instrument, and then uses their fingers to press the valves to produce different sounds. The tuba was invented by Johann Gottfried Moritz and Wilhelm Friedrich Wieprecht, who were granted the Prussian Patent No. 19 in September 1835, for their ‘bass tuba in F1’. In 1838 the first tenor tuba was invented by Carl Moritz, Johann Moritz’s son. Most tubas are made of brass, and they can be left unfinished (which must be polished to keep from being tarnished) or plated with silver, gold, or nickel. Tuba’s produce a deep, beautiful sound, and are the often referred to as the anchors of the orchestras, bands, and wind ensembles where they are found.

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