View Full Version : On track again.... Tuba practise?

20.05.2003, 23:23

After almost 17 years I have now taken up playing again.

I have bought a used, but nice Eb tuba, and have started to practise. Something I suspect my neighbours do not appreciate as much as I do. :D

I will, hopefully, join the local band, and also play together with some friends in a brass quintett.

First, does anyone think it' s possible for me to learn to play decent again?
And what should I practice? Do you recommend any books/ exercises?

Any help/ tips will be highly appreciated.


You wanna blow my what?
21.05.2003, 00:32
Of course you can. Just do the bog standard warm up & practise that you did before init!

21.05.2003, 08:08
Hello Jan - good to have you on board.

I am sure you won't have too many problems picking things up again, even after such a long time. Some of the other tuba players will probably chip in with advice, but you may find this recent thread helpful:


For myself, I find a combination of long notes and any melodic material tends to do the trick.

Best of luck with the practice :!:

21.05.2003, 21:42

This is big fun! I have been practising for a week now, and I seem to remember quite a lot. Even after all these years.

Why didn't I do this many years ago....

Arban - Complete Method, is that something I should own? Or is it far above my level?


Aussie Tuba
21.05.2003, 22:36

Arban - Complete Method, is that something I should own? Or is it far above my level?

Arban is OK But there is lots in it you will Proberbly never use , I Use the " Wright and Round Complete Method " it is smaller and not so expensive as Arban and you are more likly to use more from it than you would the Arban .
It Worked for me !!! :D

22.05.2003, 15:23
At the risk of re-opening a can of worms, I too would recommend Wright and Round. Its a good little book.

I do use Arban too though. Both Arban and Wright and Round are excellent for players of any standard.