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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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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!


NOTABLE REVIEWS:

"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.

Who 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
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What Will I Learn?
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
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Requirements
  • Working Tuba
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 106 Lectures Collapse All 106 Lectures 06:05:18
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The Tuba
8 Lectures 29:08

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

Preview 00:47

Learn how sound is made on the tuba.

Preview 02:12

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

Changing Sound on the Tuba
02:59

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

The Mouthpiece
03:10

Spend some time getting used to the mouthpiece.

Exercise 1.1 - The Mouthpiece
04:58

Learn about the various parts of the tuba.

Parts of the Tuba
06:45

Learn how to take care of a rotary system.

Basic Rotary Care
04:25

Learn how to take care of a piston system.

Basic Piston Care
03:52
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Initiating Sound on the Tuba
10 Lectures 43:59

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

Introduction
00:35

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

Holding the Tuba
02:47

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

Preview 04:35

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

Matching Pitch on the Tuba
04:37

Learn how to correct common problems with the tuba embouchure.

Troubleshooting Tuba Embouchure
03:47

Learn about the musical concept known as 'Pulse.'

Introducing Pulse
08:29

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

Initiating Sound
05:51

Learn how to initiate sound on the tuba mouthpiece.

Initiating Sound on the Tuba Mouthpiece
05:37

Learn how to initiate sound on the tuba.

Initiating Sound on the Tuba
06:59

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

Review
00:42
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First Tuba Notes
13 Lectures 47:36

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

Introduction
00:17

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

Recap
03:10

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

Tuba Hand Position
03:28

Learn two alternative ways to produce notes.

Two Ways to Play Notes
01:53

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

Notes F and Bb
06:13

Learn a third new note, Eb.

Note Eb
02:18

Spend some time familiarizing yourself with Eb.

Exercise 1.1 - Getting to know Eb
04:46

Learn yet another new note, G.

Note G
02:43

Spend some time familiarizing yourself with G.

Exercise 1.2 - Getting to know G
05:42

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

Exercise 2.1 - Mary
10:11

Learn how to read and interpret musical notation.

Preview 04:01

Melody 1.1 - Mary Had a Little Lamb
01:48

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

Review
01:06
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Rhythm
13 Lectures 42:40

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

Introduction
00:35

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

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

Review
01:08
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Tuba Octaves
11 Lectures 26:59
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

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

Review
00:50
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Major Scales
12 Lectures 22:04

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

Introduction
00:39

Recap
00:41

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

Introduction to Scales
00:48

Upside-down Bb-Major Scale
01:42

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

F Clef - Bass Clef
02:56

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

The Flat Sign
01:01

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

Key Signatures
03:14

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

Learn a new rhythmic element called the 'Rest.'

Rests
01:48

Exercise 2.1 - Rests
04:27

Melody 1.1 - London Bridge
02:24

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

Review
01:39
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Octaves, part II
14 Lectures 32:15

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

Introduction
00:31

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

Recap
01:22

Note Ab
01:28

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

The Natural Sign
01:58

Exercise 1.1 - Flats and Naturals
04:00

Exercise 1.2 - Flats and Naturals
01:46

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

Octaves
01:14

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

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

Review
01:04
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Eighth Notes
13 Lectures 34:28

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

Introduction
00:30

Recap
01:54

Notes Gb and Db
02:12

Spend some time familiarizing yourself with Gb and Db.

Exercise 1.1 - Getting to know Gb and Db
04:14

Exercise 1.2 - Gb and Db on the Staff
01:46

Exercise 2.1 - Lip Slurs
01:58

Ab-Major Scale
02:53

Learn a new rhythmic element, the Eighth Note.

Exercise 3.1 - Eighth Notes
01:46

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

Exercise 3.2 - Eighth Notes on the Staff
02:53

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

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

Buzzing Lower
04:21

Melody 1.1 - Bingo
03:12

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

Review
01:06
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Dotted Quarter Notes
12 Lectures 35:09

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

Introduction
00:32

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

Recap
03:59

Note Gb
03:27

Note G
02:15

Note E
01:54

Exercise 1.1 Lip Slurs
03:29

Learn a new rhythm called the Dotted Quarter Note.

Exercise 2.1 - Dotted Quarter Notes
01:35

Exercise 2.2 - Dotted Quarter Notes on the Staff
02:50

Melody 1.1 - My Country
06:18

Note C
03:01

Melody 1.2 - My Country
04:41

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

Review
01:08
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