Tuba for Dummies

A guide for the uninformed

Nearly all forms of music have a bass line. The bass line, like percussion, gives background and depth to a piece of music. In classical music, marches, and other compositions using brasswinds, that bass line is provided by the tuba. Unfortunately, its role as a background instrument has led to the tuba being misunderstood. The tuba is far more than just oompah-oompah, in the hands of a master, the tuba can achieve sound that would astound the listener. My personal favorite compostion for tuba is the "Concerto in F minor for Bass Tuba and Orchestra" by British composer Ralph (pronounced "Rafe") Vaughan Williams.


Visit these links:
* Tuba Cartoons http://www.nicksdomain.com/cartoon.htm
* Top 12 Reasons to play tuba http://expage.com/page/tubasjustrock
* Want to buy a Tuba? http://www.warrior.w1.com
* Ralph Waughan Williams Web Page, this page has links to everything that is Vaughan Williams http://www.cs.qub.ac.uk/~J.Collis/RVW.html
* Summit Records tuba music http://summitrecords.com/records/tuba.rel.html

Oh, and about that oompah-oompah, be sure to check out "Tubby the Tuba." It's the story of a young tuba named...Tubby, of course, who is dissatisfied with his role in the orchestra. So, he leaves to "find his voice." It is a very entertaining story and is very good at teaching children about orchestral music.


Of course, what page would be complete without a few jokes.
What's the range of a tuba?
Twenty yards if you've got a good arm!

How many tuba players does it take to change a light bulb?
Three! One to hold the bulb and two to drink 'till the room spins.

What's a tuba for?
1 1/2" by 3 1/2" unless you request "full cut."
Note: in the USA, a 2 x 4 is a two-inch by four-inch piece of wood, which actually measures 1 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches.

How do you fix a broken tuba?
With a tuba glue.

Thanks to this site for the jokes: http://www.mit.edu/~jcb/jokes/

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