Learn to Play the Tuba: Beginner to Pro in Under Five Hours!

Master the art of the Tuba! Cover a year's worth of private lessons in just a few hours, for a fraction of the cost.
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  • Lectures 106
  • Contents Video: 5 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

COURSE UPDATES:

  • (05/28/16) In order to more accurately reflect the value users get from our courses and to help us develop future content, MusicProfessor will adjust our prices from $20 to $30 on May 31, 2016. 


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Tuba is an iconic and fun instrument to play, and MusicProfessor's comprehensive curriculum will help you get the most out of your learning. Master the range, tone, and technique necessary to become a great tubist.

Start from opening your case for the first time and progress all the way to playing your first melodies. On the way, you'll also learn basic music theory and musicianship skills.

Private lessons cost anywhere from $30 - $100/hr. Factor in driving time and expenses and you realize just how costly lessons can be. Each MusicProfessor Tuba course provides an entire year's worth of lessons, for a fraction of the cost, and at your own convenience. Plus, each course is taught by an industry leading instructor!


COURSE FEATURES:

  • Over 100 video lessons
  • Downloadable sheet music for each lesson
  • Dozens of familiar melodies and songs
  • Dozens of technique-building exercises
  • Major scales and scale exercises
  • Tuba-specific troubleshooting tips and advice
  • Music Theory basics, including how to read music
  • Tuba equipment recommendations

MusicProfessor's curriculum is used in nearly 100 schools and school districts throughout the United States and by more than 14,000 students and music teachers throughout the world. No where else can you find the level of detail and professional instruction of MusicProfessor's curriculum, and, best of all, your purchase is backed by Udemy's 30-day guarantee.

Fulfill your musical destiny by enrolling today!


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"Thanks - really helped me out so can try to reach so high notes and some low not notes for my region pieces."

-H. Sanchez


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

Kevin Wass, Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Texas Tech University, holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, the Bachelor of Science degree (Summa cum laude) in Music Education from Dana College in Blair, Nebraska, and the Master of Music degree and Performers Certificate from Indiana University.

Dr. Wass has performed with a wide range of ensembles, including the Disneyland All-American College Band, the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, the Omaha, Lincoln, and Honolulu Symphony Orchestras, Santa Fe Pro Musica and various brass chamber groups. Solo appearances have included competitions in the United States, Canada, and the Czech Republic, and recitals and concerto appearances at colleges, universities, and regional and international tuba-euphonium conferences.

His teaching experience is equally varied, with experience as a band and orchestra director at the elementary and high school levels in addition to private studio and classroom teaching at the college level. In addition to his duties at TexasTech, Dr. Wass has served on the faculty of the Las Vegas Music Festival and currently serves as Principal Tubistof the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. His principal studies have been with Fritz Kaenzig, Daniel Perantoni, Harvey Phillips, and Craig Fuller. A long-time member of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association (ITEA), Dr. Wass has served on the Board of Directors of the organization as Conferences Coordinator andwas Founding Chair of the ITEA Harvey G. Phillips Awards for Excellence in Composition.

Students of Kevin Wass can be found in teaching and performing positions throughout the United States, including Principal Tuba in the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra and Euphonium in the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West. Graduates from the tuba and euphonium studio at Texas Tech have also been admitted to study at some of the worlds most prestigious institutions, including the Juilliard School, Indiana University, the University of North Texas, and the Royal Northern College of Music (UK). Competition honors for Dr.Wass's students include first place in the ITEC Mock Orchestral Audition and two national finalists in the MTNA Young Artist Brass competition.

This course has been provided by MusicProfessor.com, an online music education company.

What are the requirements?

  • Working Tuba

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Assemble and care for a Tuba
  • Read and interpret musical notation
  • Play dozens of popular melodies and songs
  • Perform multiple Major scales
  • Recognize and play a gigantic range on the Tuba
  • Form a correct, strong Tuba embouchure and lungs of steel
  • Troubleshoot common Tuba problems

What is the target audience?

  • Students looking to catch up
  • Students looking to get ahead
  • Adult learners
  • Absolute Beginners
  • Music students who can't access a private teacher

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: The Tuba
00:47

Let's begin by quickly discussing all of the topics we'll cover in this Section.

02:12

Learn how sound is made on the tuba.

02:59

Learn how Tuba players use their lips and valves to change sound on the tuba.

03:10

Learn how the mouthpiece is a critical component of tuba playing.

04:58

Spend some time getting used to the mouthpiece.

06:45

Learn about the various parts of the tuba.

04:25

Learn how to take care of a rotary system.

03:52

Learn how to take care of a piston system.

Section 2: Initiating Sound on the Tuba
00:35

Let's begin by quickly discussing all of the topics we'll cover in this Section.

02:47

Learn how to correctly hold the tuba and make adjustments for different sized players.

04:35

Learn how to match Dr. Wass's pitch on the mouthpiece.

04:37

Learn how to match Dr. Wass's pitch on the tuba.

03:47

Learn how to correct common problems with the tuba embouchure.

08:29

Learn about the musical concept known as 'Pulse.'

05:51

Learn how to properly begin sound creation using air, your diaphragm, and control.

05:37

Learn how to initiate sound on the tuba mouthpiece.

06:59

Learn how to initiate sound on the tuba.

00:42

Let's quickly review all of the things we covered in this Section and talk about how to go about practicing.

Section 3: First Tuba Notes
00:17

Let's begin by quickly discussing all of the topics we'll cover in this Section.

03:10

Let's review some of the topics we covered in the previous Section.

03:28

Learn how to correctly place your hands around the tuba for premium support and comfortability.

01:53

Learn two alternative ways to produce notes.

06:13

Learn your first two, true notes on the tuba, F and Bb.

02:18

Learn a third new note, Eb.

04:46

Spend some time familiarizing yourself with Eb.

02:43

Learn yet another new note, G.

05:42

Spend some time familiarizing yourself with G.

10:11

Using the notes we've just mastered, learn the basics of a familiar melody.

04:01

Learn how to read and interpret musical notation.

Melody 1.1 - Mary Had a Little Lamb
01:48
01:06

Let's quickly review all of the things we covered in this Section and talk about how to go about practicing.

Section 4: Rhythm
00:35

Let's begin by quickly discussing all of the topics we'll cover in this Section.

Recap
01:33
Introducing Rhythm
07:49
Introducing Rhtyhm, part II
04:29
Note D
02:33
Exercise 1.1 - Getting to know D
04:07
Note C
06:07
Exercise 1.2 - Getting to know C
02:14
Bb on the Staff
02:07
Exercise 2.1 - Steps
03:41
Exercise 3.1 - Skips
02:31
Melody 1.1 - Lightly Row
03:46
01:08

Let's quickly review all of the things we covered in this Section and talk about how to go about practicing.

Section 5: Tuba Octaves
Introduction and Recap
00:43
Exercise 1.1 - Beginning Bugling
03:34
Melody 1.1 - Twinkle, Twinkle
02:53
Breathing
03:09
Note A
02:41
Exercise 2.1 - Getting to know A
03:01
Note High Bb
01:31
Exercise 2.2 - Getting to know Bb
02:52
Melody 2.1 - Go Tell Aunt Rhodie
01:37
Exercise 3.1 - Low Bb to High Bb
04:08
00:50

Let's quickly review all of the things we covered in this Section and talk about how to go about practicing.

Section 6: Major Scales
00:39

Let's begin by quickly discussing all of the topics we'll cover in this Section.

Recap
00:41
00:48

Learn about Major scales, how they're constructed, and why they're important.

Upside-down Bb-Major Scale
01:42
02:56

Learn about the Bass Clef, also known as the F-Clef.

01:01

Learn about the flat sign and why it's important for musical notation.

03:14

Key Signatures are vital for reading musical notation. Learn how to interpret any key signature.

Exercise 1.1 - Bb-Major with a Key Signature
00:45
01:48

Learn a new rhythmic element called the 'Rest.'

Exercise 2.1 - Rests
04:27
Melody 1.1 - London Bridge
02:24
01:39

Let's quickly review all of the things we covered in this Section and talk about how to go about practicing.

Section 7: Octaves, part II
00:31

Let's begin by quickly discussing all of the topics we'll cover in this Section.

01:22

Let's review some of the topics we covered in the previous Section.

Note Ab
01:28
01:58

Learn about the natural sign, how it's different than a flat, and why it's important.

Exercise 1.1 - Flats and Naturals
04:00
Exercise 1.2 - Flats and Naturals
01:46
01:14

Continue learning about octaves and add some additional notes to your repertoire.

Notes A and Ab
05:49
Exercise 2.1 - Getting to know low A and Ab
03:02
3/4 Time
02:20
Slurs
01:00
Exercise 3.1 - Slurs
02:34
Melody 1.1 - Down in the Valley
04:07
01:04

Let's quickly review all of the things we covered in this Section and talk about how to go about practicing.

Section 8: Eighth Notes
00:30

Let's begin by quickly discussing all of the topics we'll cover in this Section.

Recap
01:54
Notes Gb and Db
02:12
04:14

Spend some time familiarizing yourself with Gb and Db.

Exercise 1.2 - Gb and Db on the Staff
01:46
Exercise 2.1 - Lip Slurs
01:58
Ab-Major Scale
02:53
01:46

Learn a new rhythmic element, the Eighth Note.

02:53

Learn how to interpret and perform Eighth Notes on the musical staff.

Exercise 3.3 - Ab-Major Scale in Eighth Notes
05:43
04:21

Learn how to control your buzz in order to play lower notes correctly and cleanly.

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MusicProfessor provides pre-recorded, high-quality online music lessons for students who either can't study with a private teacher or would like to further supplement their education. We do so via a massive library of lessons taught by some of the finest faculty in the country.

WOODWINDS: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone

BRASS: Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba

EXTRACURRICULAR: Music Theory, Conducting, Percussion

MusicProfessor launched in 2012 with a single instrument series, 'Bassoon 101,' but has since expanded to over 12 instrument series with just over 5000 video lessons. Our curriculum is used in nearly 100 schools and school districts throughout the United States and by more than 14,000 students and music teachers throughout the world.

Nowhere else can you find the level of detail and professional instruction of MusicProfessor's curriculum. Fulfill your musical destiny by signing up today!

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