The Tuba is the largest brass instrument although it comes in different sizes and keys, the most common of which is in B flat.
Unlike the trumpet and trombone, but like the cornet, it has a conical bore so consists of a gradually widening tube of brass folded round on itself to save space. You hold the tuba in front of you on your lap with the mouthpiece to your lips and the bell pointing upwards. Your right hand operates the valves, while the left supports the instrument.
The sound comes out of the flared bell, and is made by blowing a "raspberry" with your lips into the cup-shaped mouthpiece.
You can make a number of different notes by varying the tension of your lips and pressing different combinations of 3 different valves which divert the air through little extra lengths of tubing.
It is a non-transposing instrument with many types, the most common of which is the double B-flat, whose sheet music is written in the bass clef.
The tuba is important to orchestras, wind bands and brass bands, and sometimes appears in traditional jazz bands.
Deutsche Tubaforum e.V.
Harrogate Brass Band home of The Internet Bandsman's Everything Within and packed full of information and links to brass instrument resources and sites.
Hungarian Trombone and Tuba Association
International Tuba and Euphonium Association
SuPaTuS - Finnish Trombone and Tuba Association
T.U.B.A. - (Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association) - Information about the association. There are lots of links to other tuba related sites and a discussion list.
Music Room Sheet music & Play-along CDs with music for Brass & Other Instruments.
Arnold Jacobs Society
Brass Instruments - descriptions of various brass instruments with pictures and brief descriptions of their origins, history and makers includes the Cornetti, Lysarden, Natural Horns, Sackbutts, Serpents & Trumpets.
Chemical Tuba Society
Custom Music Company
Danish Tuba Portal
Dutch Tubas - an extensive site of links
Heavy metal brass band plays acid house music - Telegraph UK news article.
How to Repair a Tuba - a pictoral guide from Oberloh Woodwind and Brass Works.
International Tuba Day
Low Brass Webring
Loyal Tubist Website by Billy Jack Long contains everything you need to know about Tubas including manufacturers links and old time radio programs.
Marching Tubas Webring
Mr Tuba - UK's only tuba specialist - sales, repairs, etc.
Music Education site with information for teachers and pupils, links to sites and more.
Pay The Piper UK - sections for various instruments with information about the instrument, approx purchasing costs
Printable Staff Paper Page - Free downloads of printed staff paper
Tennessee Tech T.U.B.A. Chapter
The Tuba - for TRUE Heavy Metal Music
Tuba on the Web
Tuba and Euphonium Census
Tuba and Euphonium Discography
Tuba and Euphonium Tidbits
Tuba-Euphonium Press - quality literature for the tuba and euphonium
Tubasam - tuba music
Tuba Playing (Harrogate Band Humour)
TubaEuph Virtual Postcards
Tubassist - musical instrument support system solves problems of resting, controlling and protecting concert style tubas while they are being played
Verso il Millennio - International Tuba Conference - July 1997
International Tuba & Euphonium Conference - Lahti, Finland, 4-12 August 2001
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