think you'd like to learn a brass instrument? We tell you the advantages
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In addition to the French Horn,
Trumpet, Trombone and Tuba, there are a few other brass instruments
you might like to consider. Most of them are associated with brass
bands rather than orchestras.
If you live in an area where brass bands are popular, you might like
to consider the Euphonium (a small tuba, so read the page about The
Tuba), the Baritone Horn which is similar but has a narrower bore and
not such a nice sound, or the Tenor Horn which is also similar but
much smaller. There is also the Flugelhorn which is a still smaller
tenor horn but is played held out in front of your face like a trumpet
All these instruments are transposing instruments, mostly in B flat
which means that when you play a C it sounds like a B flat to everyone
else. Your printed music is adjusted accordingly.
Many brass bands have training schemes whereby they will lend
aspiring young players an instrument and may throw in some tuition as
well. If you come from an area where orchestras or wind bands are more
common than brass bands, you could still consider some of these
instruments as a means to an end. It is perfectly practical (and easy,
too) to start on a euphonium or baritone horn and transfer to the tuba
later when you are big enough or rich enough. And some young players
start on the Tenor Horn and switch to the French Horn later although
this is a bigger step as the French Horn is a rather idiosyncratic
instrument. If you read the pages on the other brass instruments you
will glean most of what you need to know about these other
In terms of pleasant sound and being an enjoyable instrument to play,
most brass teachers would rate the Euphonium highest and the Tenor
As a guide to cost .....
Euphoniums cost from £595
Tenor Horns cost from £420
Flugelhorns cost from £395
These prices are the lowest we could find, and include VAT.
It's difficult to find recordings of solo music played on these
instruments, but we recommend
CD which features some wonderful playing on the euphonium. We
also think you might enjoy the music of
Dyke Mills brass band which includes tenor and baritone horns,
euphoniums and flugel horns.
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