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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Bill Beazley, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. Bill Beazley

    Bill Beazley New Member

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    Hey people! Just signed in here hoping I can learn more about brass instruments since I'm studying to be a composer! Hope I can also help with what I already know :).

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    Bill
     
  2. Hi Bill, I play EEb bass (tuba), thats a large brass instrument which as its name suggests, provides the bass line to the ensemble that is called a "brass band"
    When composing pieces involving this instrument please keep to fairly simple keys - Concert Eb, Bb and D for example would be acceptable.

    Welcome :D
     
  3. Bill Beazley

    Bill Beazley New Member

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    Thanks a lot!

    I liked it how you introduced yourself and your instrument all at once. Can I ask a couple of questions about it?
    What is the range of the EEb bass?
    Why is it called that? Does it have anything to do with the instrument's pitch?

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    Bill
     
  4. Bill, I'm happy to help:D
    The range of the EEb bass is without limits, in the hands of an expert (not I he modestly reveals) it can go from a super-duper Fb right down to a rather disgusting double pedal G#.
    Apparently its called an EEb bass because its in the key of Eb (so I'm told) and is usually played by dodgy characters of a very base nature.
    Some practicioners of this art that contribute to this forum, are indeed VERY base characters!
     
  5. Bill Beazley

    Bill Beazley New Member

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    Hey Steve,

    Thanks for the response!

    So, the range you mean is this:
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    If that, however, is the range on the hands of an expert, what is the "safe zone" range, in which any average player will be able to play?

    I didn't quite get the name yet. If it's in the key of Eb, shouldn't it be called the Eb bass?

    Thanks a lot :D

    Bill
     
  6. Ooh no, at least an octave higher than that!
    The safe zone would be about a semi-tone lower/ higher :D
    Its called an EEb bass to keep it in line with the orchestral "double bass" :wink:
     
  7. Hells Bones

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    Hello from a trombone player.
     
  8. Cmon Ant. Describe the damn thing for Mr Beazley! :wink:
     
  9. Hells Bones

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    the trombone or the bass? Out of the two the Bass is the damned one! :clap::biggrin:
     
  10. Bill Beazley

    Bill Beazley New Member

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    Wait a second! Are you telling me this is the EEb bass range?

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    Or is it an octave higher on the low end?

    Hey, you got me curious now. How many types of tuba are there? I know the "regular" tuba (I mean the ones normally used in orchestras) and the sousaphone (can I say it's a type of tuba?) - and now a little bit about the EEb bass :D. Searching around the web I found several similar instruments with several different names, and they all got me :confused:. Can you tell me the general types or families there are?

    Hello Hells Bones! I'd really like it if you could talk a bit about your instrument to me.;)

    Thanks!

    Bill
     
  11. I'm afraid I can't tell you about OTHER instruments, the other girls on here can fill you in.

    I do also play th EEEb Sousaphone - which you 'can' say is a type of tuba - its just having a bit of an identity crisis. Mine has a 26" bell end by the way.

    Some people call the euphonium a tuba, but its really just an instrument for under-developed beings (mentally and physically). I'll see if I can get our secret (orange) agent to send you some info.
     
  12. Bill Beazley

    Bill Beazley New Member

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    Ooh, now I understood why I wasn't being able to get the instrument's name!

    You see, I'm not a native speaker, so I'm not familiarised with that designation :(. How does it work? Is EEEb one octave lower than EEb?

    Why is the euphonium an instrument for underdeveloped people?

    Thanks,

    Bill
     
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