The tuba is the largest and lowest-pitched brass instrument.  Sound is produced by vibrating or “buzzing” the lips into a large cupped mouthpiece.  It is one of the most recent additions to the modern symphony orchestra, first appearing in the mid-19th century, when it largely replaced the ophicleide.

A person who plays the tuba is known as a tubaist or tubist.  In the United Kingdom a person who plays the tuba in an orchestra is known simply as a tuba player; in a brass band or military band they are known as a bass player.

Getting Started With Your Tuba


Start here to learn the basics for your instrument.

Assembling Your Tuba

Next you can go here to learn how to put your instrument together.

Maintaining Your Instrument

Remember that you’ll have to take care of your instrument, this section goes over daily maintenance as well as the less frequent maintenance tasks.

Pitch Fingering Guide

Now that you have figured out how to do all of the basics, let’s get started learning to play notes on your instrument.


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