What is G on tuba?

You’re in luck! When you play a “Concert F” on trumpet or tuba, it is fingered with an open valve combination (no valves). The difference is that trumpets call this note “G” and tubas call it “F”. When playing tuba, you are always playing concert pitch.

What is in A flat major?

A-flat major (or the key of A-flat) is a major scale based on A♭, with the pitches A♭, B♭, C, D♭, E♭, F, and G.

What are the notes for tuba?

The first of these notes are usually, in concert pitch and on the tuba, B-flat, C, D, E-flat, and F.

What does the 4th valve on a tuba do?

The fourth valve (positioned on the side of the instrument), in addition to the extra tubing makes it possible to play chromatic notes between the first and second partials. With a compensating instrument you get better intonation, all of the chromatic notes from low to high and better fingering combinations.

What type of instrument is a sousaphone?

valved brass instrument
The sousaphone is a valved brass instrument with the same tube length and musical range as other tubas. The sousaphone’s shape is such that the bell is above the tubist’s head and projecting forward.

Can you change the fingerings on a tuba?

*1 Fingerings for the lower notes may change depending on the tuba’s make or model. Even with four valves, fingerings change with compensating systems. Although it is possible to produce higher or lower notes than shown with these fingerings, you will need to consult an advanced player’s manual or ask your teacher to help you.

How are the notes organized on the tuba?

This free chart shows young musicians how the notes on the tuba are organized by fingering and partial, making them easier to memorize. It also shows the alternate 4-valve fingering options.

What is the fifth partial on a tuba?

These notes will naturally be a little sharp. The fifth partial is when you play these notes with the given fingerings (again down an octave for tuba). The fifth partial is quite low and these might require alternate fingerings on your instrument.

How do I find the right pitch for my Tuba?

You may need to find the right pitch by moving slide 1, slide 5, and so on. Also, you may encounter 6-valved tubas, or tubas other than the 4/3-tone or 2-tone models. Fingering guides are not absolute. Please ask your teacher for guidance and experiment to find fingerings that work well for you.