Contrabass Tuba

Contrabass Tuba

Contrabass Tuba range

  • (Note: range does not include pedal notes)

We finally come to the bottom of the common band instruments, the Contrabass Tuba.  To most people, when we say tuba we are only referring to the Contrabass instrument, the Bass Tuba being an afterthought.

There are two sizes of Contrabass Tuba, the C and the B-flat.  The B-flat is used by students and amateurs, while the C is the instrument of choice for professionals.  To the bandestrator there should be no distinction between the two.  The sound and range will be identical.  Continue reading “Contrabass Tuba”

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Bass Tuba

Bass Tuba

Bass Tuba range

  • (Note: range does not include pedal notes)

The Bass Tuba, a common sight in the orchestra, is now a rarity in the band.  The tuba we all know and love is the Contrabass Tuba.  The Bass Tuba is pitched either in F or E-flat a fourth or fifth below the Euphonium.  F is the instrument of choice in the United States and for much of Europe, while the E-flat instrument is common in Britain.  At one time, Bass Tubas were quite often seen in the concert band, and many older parts reflect this.  Continue reading “Bass Tuba”