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Category: FAQs

Lip beat

How do I learn to play Lip Beat?

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The fifth valve

I would like to know what the extension for the 5th valve on the CC does? I know it is suppose to make it a whole step lower but thats with the regular tuning slide for the 5th valve. I’ve yet to know what the extended slide they included does. Could you explain?

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Posture and body positioning

I have trouble getting enough air in. What do I do wrong?

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Low register

I am having trouble playing good in the lower register and pedal notes? Do you have any tips to help me?

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What tuba?

What tuba should I buy?

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Multiphonics – general

How do I sing and play at the same time? Ten steps to mastering multiphonics.

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Vowel changes in multiphonics

Oystein, I’m working on Fnugg but am having trouble getting a convincing-sounding E vowel sound, esp when there’s a quick E-O-E. In other words, it sounds more like I don’t know how to do multiphonics rather than a deliberate change in timbre. Also, I’m having difficulty in getting a good slap bass sound w/the lip beat. I can’t seem to do it w/out getting at least a piece of one partial or another. Any suggestions?

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High register

My name is Andrew and I’m a 16-year-old, Australian, Tuba enthusiast (and a bit fan of yours!). I’ve been playing my BBb Tuba for about 2 years now and my tone in the middle and lower registers is alright, however I’m having trouble developing a nice tone in the upper register (things start to go wrong at about G top space in the staff). I was wondering if you had any tips for achieving this notes in the higher register. I’ve also been told that there’s a certain amount of “natural ability” involved with these notes, which as you can imagine, could be quite disillusioning. What is your opinion on this? Is hard work just as good?

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Lip positioning

Where should I place my lips on the mouthpiece to get the best possible sound?

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