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Questions tagged [brass]

The family of wind instruments that produce their tone through the buzzing of the lips into a mouthpiece. The most common brass instruments are the trumpet, trombone, tuba, and french horn.

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Strawberry Fields Forever Instruments [on hold]

In the song "Strawberry Fields Forever" by the Beatles, I wanted to know what instruments are used in each of the following sections: - Intro - Chorus - Verse 1 - Chorus - Verse 2 - Chorus - Verse 3 - ...
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How to get a fuller tone from a small bore trombone?

I have an old 1962 conn 18h with a copper bell that has a .484 bore. I am generally playing lower pieces that don’t sound as good as the high register. Is there any way (other than a new mouthpiece ...
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What are the effects of the shape of a bend in a brass instrument slide?

Some brass instrument manufacturers make a feature of the shape of the various slides - some have a semi-circular wrap, other more semi-elliptical. Some have a tight wrap (the two legs of the slide ...
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Trumpet playing to clarinet playing

Sorry if this has been asked here somewhere before but I haven't been able to find this question (I found the reverse situation of my question). I've been playing trumpet for several years now and ...
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Drying my trumpet out after playing

Whenever I practice on trumpet, after practicing there is a lot of water gathering inside the main tuning slide and thirs valve slide but also inside the valve caps so I have to unmount these valve ...
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Is divisi notation needed for brass or woodwind in an orchestra?

I'm composing for orchestra. I've read that divisions [of parts] should be notated using divisi. (or div.) above the staff. But I'm wondering whether this notation is mandatory for all instruments. ...
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Sound changes: Putting curves or bends into a straight horn

I have some straight bell horns that are 26" and 29". They are powered by air compression tanks and have a very deep tone. I'm curious as to how bends in the horn would change it. Would they then need ...
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Why is my girlfriend's flugelhorn a semitone lower than my bass?

Firstly, I'll apologise in advance - I'm a self-taught rock 'musician' and I have virtually no knowledge of music theory (didn't stop me playing hundreds of gigs though!). I have a four-string bass ...
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Time for muscular recovery for brass players

I've been practising a lot for an upcoming concert. Before a particularly demanding rehearsal a couple of weeks ago I was able to hit C6 reliably but since then my upper range has been effectively ...
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Why can a vuvuzela only play one pitch, while a non-valved bugle can play many?

According to our collective nightmares from the 2010 World Cup Wikipedia, the vuvuzela is a monotone instrument; it famously plays (roughly) the B♭ below middle C. Why is the vuvuzela restricted to ...
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Trouble playing the tuba on the edge of the seat

I'm currently learning how to play the tuba in school, and I'm finding it extremely difficult to sit at the edge of the seat like I'm supposed to due to the weight of it. If I sit on the edge, I have ...
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What is the correct tonguing for this rhythm? [closed]

The rhythm is five sixteenth notes in a row, where the first is a pick-up, followed by three eighth notes. It is an orchestral trombone part. It must sound percussive. It's rather fast. Will this ...
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Tuba = valved bugle? I thought it was trumpet

Okay I was watching a video about what a tuba is and in the video somebody said that a tuba essentially is a bugle but with valves because of the conical bore and it being a whole tube instrument able ...
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Bass trumpet vs. valve trombone

Apart from the obvious external form difference, how do a bass trumpet and a valve trombone differ?
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How do I learn to use the plunger mute for a solo? What is a good simple exercise?

I want to use the plunger mute for a solo (baby elephant walk). I can play it without the plunger, but I have no idea what I'm doing with the plunger. It is totally uncomfortable. Balance is ...
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What is this Antique Brass Instrument on display at the Musical Instrument Museum in Brussels, Belgium?

Does anyone know what type of instrument this is? It looks like some type of Euphonium, but obviously very different.
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Are eye disorders more common in wind instrument players?

I played the clarinet for 12 years (from 9 to 21), and occasionally I practiced for hours a day. Out of curiosity I read that eye pressure increases temporarily during play. Those who are ...
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Woodwind v brass instruments - what is the defining characteristic?

The names of these classes of instruments suggest that the material from which they are made is significant but this is not so. Flutes are frequently made of metal and saxophones always are yet they ...
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What's the name of the instrument that is blown into, that has a lid that lifts up?

In cartoons, especially in processions, there's an instrument that I think is reminiscent of a tuba. When blown into, the lid lifts off. What's this instrument called?
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How do horns get mechanically voiced in a 125 key Gaudin dance organ (or other mechanical orchestra)?

Sample video here: I understand with the organ pipes that they would have a blower and be able to actuate a valve to make them sound but how do they make the horns ...
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Trombone B flat Major scale patterns [closed]

Alright so tomorrow I got a test on B flat major scale patterns. The problem is though when We learned this I somehow completely missed it and have no idea what to practice. There are three variations:...
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How do I compose idiomatically for brass instruments?

I'm thinking of composing pieces for small ensembles with varied instrumentation. Typically I compose on a keyboard. How do I determine if the musician can easily play on brass instruments such as ...
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Does anything (permanently) change in brand new brass instruments after playing them for a period?

My former teacher used to send new instruments to a professional to play them for a week or so before giving them to students. He said it was to tune it. However, I can't see how a metallic object ...
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Is swung double tonguing feasible on a brass instrument?

Drummers are used to the idea of performing semiquavers with varying amounts of swing. Brass players spend loads of effort perfecting even double-tonguing for performing extended semiquaver passages. ...
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Can a baritone be used for a trombone part?

I am making a brass quintet, and I need two trumpets, a horn, a trombone, and a tuba. I have all except the trombone. Can a baritone substitute for the trombone part? Will it have a similar tone and/...
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Trombone (or any other brass instrument really) construction material

I'm not really sure where to post this question: As a trombone player, I've never understood why aluminum is never used in brass instrument manufacturing. It's seldom mentioned on the internet as ...
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Do rest days aid in developing strength in facial muscles used by brass players?

I'm a somewhat experienced trumpet player — not sure how to quantify it since I played intensively for a few months about a year and a half ago and then didn't play so much after that until about a ...
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How hard would it be to switch from a bass clarinet to a soprano sax?

I am currently playing a bass clarinet in my concert band, but my parents want me to switch to a "lighter" instrument. I looked through different options, and saw the soprano saxophone. If I were to ...
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What is a fanfare and on which instrument would it be best to play it on?

I want to compose a song for a woodwind or a brass instrument. I am not too experienced at composing and am wondering what a fanfare is and what are some good and/or famous examples of them. Also, ...
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Alto-ranged brass instrument?

As a high school French horn player I am wondering whether there is a brass instrument with a range similar to the alto saxophone. Although horn and alto are usually given the same parts the horn has ...
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Can an Eb Bass/Tuba play in both treble and bass without changing valve positions?

I'm going to be moving instruments at both Church and School next year. I was playing Baritone and will be moving to Eb Bass/Tuba. At church I will be playing treble clef and at school I will be ...
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Size difference between Baritone Horn and Euphonium

I know that the Baritone is different from the Euphonium because it has a narrower bore and sharper taper, esp. in British bands, but my question is are there precise measurements that define whether ...
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what is this ornament called?

Can anybody tell me what this sign is called ? I thought it was a mordent, but why isn't it written above the lines, why is it so short? Do you know any theory page on it?
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How to monitor trumpet right?

I play trumpet in a band with: drummer, bass, guitar and vocals. Drums are loud enough, and everything else is amplified. Usually I play without amplification, because places are small enough, so ...
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Whats an easier instrument to play than trumpet, with mouth, but still a brass instrument?

Recently I joined my school band. My teacher is having me play trumpet, but the mouth piece is sooooo uncomfortable. I struggle a lot to reach the higher notes especially. My teacher told me that all ...
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Doubling Trumpet and Trombone

I have been playing the trumpet for two years now. I decided on May of the current year to buy a Trombone and play the Trombone as well. I was getting a really nice tone on the Trumpet but now, for ...
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Can 2 Trumpet players be in a brass band?

I want to create a brass band with my friends at school. My friend is less experienced than me in playing the trumpet so I am the one who is most likely to do it. But my friend really wants to be part ...
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Wind instruments and sharp keys

As far as I know, most of the wind instruments are transposing, and many of them are either in B, in E-flat or in F - these keys make them more suitable for playing in "flat" keys. My question is why ...
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Learning to play multiphonics on a brass instrument

I would like to learn how to play multiphonics on brass instruments. (I am referring to the kind of multiphonics that are produced when singing/humming a note whilst playing another note.) I gave it a ...
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What parts of instutional education does a non-institutional student miss?

I'm learning to play a trumpet with guidance of a private teacher. He is busy person, so we have lesson once a fortnight. Now I: Learn instrument for about a year Have basic knowledge of music ...
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How can you definitively and scientifically test mouthpieces?

How / Can you definitively and accurately test an instruments mouthpiece (brass) and scientifically quantify and express that data beyond just a simple "On a scale of 1-5 how would you..." style ...
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What is this trumpet attachment called?

Last night, I was watching a television special featuring American music. I noticed that a trumpet player in the band had something attached to her instrument. It appears that the valves of the ...
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What's the name of this brass instrument? [closed]

Can anyone tell me what instrument is playing on the minute: 2:08 of This Song ?? Well, I think it's a Sax, Trombone or Trumpet, but there is really something unique about it. I was wondering if it ...
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Key choice for brass instruments

I've been told several times that brass instruments prefer to play in keys with flats, rather than sharps. As a trumpet player myself, I cannot relate to this preference. E major is just as easy or ...
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Playing Brass in Classical music: Intonation of thirds of a chord is often crucial

When playing classical music with for example a trombone, the player who plays the third of a chord must consciously adjust intonation depending on major / minor chords. On a piano this is not ...
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How to understand and comprehend the basic major key signatures on the Baritone? [duplicate]

I am a sophomore and play the Baritone in the SCHS (go wild cats!) marching band. I have been in band for four years. I honestly didn't do band originally for anything other than it would look good on ...
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How to reach the lower notes on a B-flat tuba?

(Please note the following assumes the British brass band convention of transposing to C in treble clef, e.g. when I say C, I really mean B-flat.) I am learning to play the B-flat tuba. The "core ...
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Is a Bb Baritone and a Baritone Horn the same instrument?

I'm about to start A level music and therefore I need to buy an instrument, I play Bb baritone but when I searched for one on the internet all I could find was a baritone horn. Is this the same ...
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How much noise should a trumpet's valves make?

I just got a new trumpet. When I press down on any of the three valves (without blowing through the trumpet) I can hear a small 'pop' kind of noise. It's not coming from the springs or anything, ...
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Physics behind why a bugle can play several notes, while a whistle only plays one note

A bugle and a whistle are essentially both tubes open at both ends. A bugle has no keys, yet you can play several notes on it. A whistle also has no keys, but it only plays a single note. Why is this? ...