Big, loud and very low: the double bass of the brass section.

All tutors at International Music School Cardiff are hand-picked, highly trained professional musicians with an enthusiasm for teaching their instrument. Lessons take place in our city-centre venue, and it is our vision to create a place where music tuition of the highest quality is delivered alongside regular professional concerts and public performance opportunities for our students.

What should you expect from tuba lessons?

Age and physical development play a slightly more important role when thinking about taking tuba lessons. As it is such a heavy and big instrument, very small kids can’t handle it. Normally, children start playing the trumpet or trombone and later on change to the euphonium or tuba around age 10-12. The blowing techniques of the trumpet, trombone and tuba are similar, so picking up the tuba will be much easier when having played another brass instrument before – much like children who play double-bass tend to have started on cello.

Your teacher will be an experienced chamber musician, band member and orchestral player and will introduce you to playing music in groups, ensembles and orchestras early on. It is important that you get a good instrument to learn on as nothing is more frustrating for a beginner than having a bad instrument that works against you. International Music School Cardiff’s trusted instrument supplier is Gamlin’s music shop and we will be happy to put you in touch with them.

A little bit about the instrument

The tuba is the double bass of the brass instruments: it is the lowest-pitched and also the biggest member of the brass family. The tube of a tuba is around 18 feet long and it produces a very low and rich sound, much like the double bass. This makes it an absolutely crucial element in every band and ensemble as it provides the bass line, without which the music would lack its foundation.

The tuba is an important member of many ensembles and genres. The most important ones are brass, concert, military or marching bands, classical orchestras, chamber music and solo repertoire. In all those groups the tuba stands out as the lowest and biggest instrument, with its large shiny bell reaching above the player’s head.