brass - Double and Triple Tonguing Syllables?

Brass and Woodwind players use specific syllables like ta-ka-ta for triple tonguing...I would like to know:What are the most common used syllables for double and triple tonguing? Are they different for Woodwinds and Brass instruments? Do they use different syllables depending on the tempo of the piece, or do they work equally with any tempo?...or are there even "common" syllables that "everyone" uses?...Read more

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 are classified as woodwind. (Note that I play the clarinet and saxophone but no brass instrument so my knowledge of those will be weaker.)So, what is the defining characteristic? The form of the mouthpiece. As far as I know, all brass instruments have similar mouthpieces. Woodwind instruments have at least three distinct forms: flute / piccolo,...Read more

brass - 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 to rest it on my lap, which gets painful very quickly. Right now, I sit at the back of my chair with my tuba resting between my legs.How can I avoid doing this or at least continue doing what I'm doing, but in a more proper manner?...Read more

brass - What instrument is this and why is it held so strangely and played?

Looking at this orchestral performance of sinfonia from Bach's 29th Cantata (BWV 29), it is really curious to see the trombonists (?) holding the horn/trombone with one hand and the way they are standing with the other hand on their hip. You can see it at the start of the clip and then throughout the sinfonia (the first three and a half minutes).First question, what instrument is that? Is it a trombone? Some type of a horn?Second, why are they holding it like that? All three of them are doing it throughout the whole performance. Seems a little ...Read more

band - 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 of the instruments are like that, but from how small the trumpet mouth piece is compared to the trombone for example, they can't possible be required to regularly reach as high of notes as trumpet players (within the mouth piece). Should I just keep trying, or switch to an different brass instrument?...Read more

trumpet - How to make a brass instrument quieter?

I play trumpet at home. I feel a little uncomfortable playing because of the loudness. I found the Silent Brass series by Yamaha, which makes brass sound quieter, and you can still hear everything through headphones, but in my country they are very expensive. I don't need excellent sound, or some digital system, I just need to be quieter. Could you please suggest a cheaper alternative?...Read more

brass - 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 caps and water comes out.My question is if this is normal, and if I am doing right by doing all this everytime I practice, since I'm worried about my trumpet getting damaged in some way if I leave some of that water or moisture inside and I do not dry it out.Will it dry out over time and, is emptying water inside slides enough? What do people (trumpe...Read more

brass - Will learning trumpet damage my single reed embouchure?

I mainly play clarinet and sax, but I'd like to pick up a bit of trumpet to be able to play all the big band instruments (albeit quite badly for some of them). However, I've heard that playing brass instruments can damage your woodwind embouchure, which I really don't want.I'm not sure how true this is, as I know someone who doubles sax and trumpet, and someone who doubles clarinet and trombone, and they seem to manage. I've also dabbled in trombone myself, and that's not seemed to affect embouchure for other instruments, but I think that trump...Read more

brass - 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 to play the fundamental. Now, I have never heard of a tuba being compared to a bugle. Usually when I think of a bugle, I think of a trumpet - the valves.This is a bugle and I can see the similarities with a tuba except in length of tube. This is why I wouldn't compare a bugle to a tuba even though they are similar with that conical bore and whole ...Read more

instrument range - 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 limited to A5 or B5, and my ability to hold notes toward the upper end of that range has been considerably diminished. My jaw muscles are noticeably sore. The concert is in less than a week. How many days of rest might I need before I'm able to use these muscles at their full strength again? Should I limit my playing to a certain amount of time per da...Read more

brass - Why is it harder to lip slur without tonguing?

I was practicing lip slurs yesterday, and I was wondering why it is easier to lip slur between harmonics by tonguing than without tonguing. It seems it should be the same either way-- whether you tongue or not. Why then is lip slurring so much simplified by tonguing?P.S. I know that lip slur implies no tonguing, but I couldn't think of a better way to phrase it....Read more

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. Double tonguing is often used to play 16th notes when the quarter-note tick is 120 bpm or faster.Is it possible to swing double-tonguing on a brass instrument, so the 't' and 'k' notes are different lengths? I've tried to do this and I found it next to impossible, which doesn't mean that someone really good couldn't do it with ease. But I've never c...Read more

multi instrumentalism - Are there conflicting requirements for technique between large and small brass instruments

I want to know some practical details on what to consider if you want to play different brass instruments of various size. Specially differences between the extremities like trumpet and tuba. Is there any reason to not mix because trumpet requires too different muscle training in the lips compared to playing tuba?I am most interested in focusing on air use and mouth techniques and physics, not so much fingering.Edit:What I'm really looking for is if it hurts technique for my tuba playing to also start playing a small instrument like cornet or t...Read more