The fifth valve may be slightly higher or lower depending on the instrument's make or model. School students in brass bands may have heard comments of confusion regarding the fourth piston valve. With these scales in your musical vocabulary, you have something to draw from when improvising. Title: 12 Major Scales Tuba Author: Lieto Nicholas Created Date: 1/23/2012 8:29:19 PM You may need to find the right pitch by moving slide 1, slide 5, and so on. You can use a tuner or reference your notes from a piano or any other handy instrument you are certain of the pitch of. These pictures are not scaled to size, the Yamaha is bigger and hopefully you can see the extra length of all the tubes. Please ask your teacher for guidance and experiment to find fingerings that work well for you. They don't realise that Tubas come in 4 different keys, can have 3 to 6 valves, sometimes learn Bass Clef and other times Treble Clef (in a Brass Band mostly). These Harmonic Series Charts are useful as a structured guide for fingering and slide positions, as well as forming the basis for Technique building exercises such as lip slurs, scales, long tones, alternate fingering / positions etc, French Horn ( Bb Horn reading Horn in F ), Euphonium and Baritone ( concert pitch, bass clef ), EEb Tuba 3v ( 3 valve, concert pitch, bass clef ), EEb Tuba 4v ( 4 valve, non-compensating, concert pitch, bass clef ), CC Tuba 4v ( 4 valve, non-compensating, concert pitch, bass clef ), CC Tuba 5v ( 5 valve Mirafone 186, non-compensating, concert pitch, bass clef ), BBb Tuba 3v ( 3 valve, concert pitch, bass clef ), BBb Tuba 4v ( 4 valve, non-compensating, concert pitch, bass clef). Furthermore, some tubas have five valves. Also, you may encounter 6-valved tubas, or tubas other than the 4/3-tone or 2-tone models. An Eb Tuba will give you the following progression of available notes from low to high: Eb, Bb, Eb, G, Bb, Db, Eb; Whereas a Bb Tuba will give you: Bb, F, Bb, D, F, Ab, Bb; This is the only certain way to know what key your Tuba is in. The exercise could not be displayed because JavaScript is disabled. Anyway, you may be able to tell, I am very passionate about seeing young musicians taking up the Tuba, but equally frustrated by the appalling job many programs are doing of starting their students on Tuba.For this reason, I have created a quick beginners fingering cheat sheet.This can be very quickly printed out or pulled up on a phone even and help a young student at least start to get the right valves down to play their notes. It's very common for a Tuba or two to be the only remaining instruments from the time. In the low tonal register, you may find the pitch to be more obvious if you play one octave higher with the same fingering. Is There No Relationship between Bore Size and Volume? Remember, the #9 is the same as a flat 3rd; the #11 is the ... notes - have fun with these! Use the link above to print it. 3) If you are able to create a sound on the Tuba, with none of the valves depressed, see what notes you can play.An Eb Tuba will give you the following progression of available notes from low to high: This is the only certain way to know what key your Tuba is in. *1 Fingerings for the lower notes may change depending on the tuba's make or model. Due partly to it often being the least played and partly due to these tubas being very durable (although often not good quality). Even with four valves, fingerings change with compensating systems. approach. Depending on the Country, a Baritone is Not a Baritone, All Brass Instruments Have Marching Band Models, Famous Musical Pieces for the Tuba (Bass), The Compensating System for the Euphonium, An Instrument in the Key of B♭, Yet the Music is Written in C. Even with four valves, fingerings change with compensating systems. If you aren't sure if what you have in front of you is an Eb Tuba, here's a few tips to help you figure it out.I'm going to assume it's only got 3 valves, which almost all of these old school tubas are.1) The 3/4 Eb is a smaller than the now common 3/4 Bb Tuba made by Yamaha and Jupiter, which is what most primary schools now purchase.2) They have less length of total tubing, which can usually be noticed by counting how many times the tubing loops around.Heres a picture comparison between a Yamaha YBB-105s 3/4 Bb Tuba and a Boosey & Hawkes Regent 3/4 Eb Tuba (which are wonderful little tubas to learn on.) It seriously happens all over the place.Mostly its due to the problem that band directors are keen to get excited young musicians onto Tuba to fill out the bottom end of the band sound and see that poor neglected instrument get some love, yet these directors don't know the first thing about Tuba. Here in Sydney I have been finding many band directors, students, parents and even the tutors are confused about Eb Tubas.Many schools, especially primary schools, but high schools also, will often have an old 3/4 Eb Tuba in the cupboard.