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Brass

Here you can watch videos made by students from Chetham’s School of Music as they play and discuss their chosen instrument from the Brass family.

French Horn

The French horn is a brass instrument made of coiled tubing and a flared bell.  It has the widest range of notes of any brass instrument and is commonly found in orchestras and chamber ensembles.  The sound is produced by blowing through the mouthpiece and down the tube, while pitch is changed by moving valves or the lips.  Music is generally written in the bass clef. 

Below is further information on the French horn. These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked. 

French horn facts for kids

British Horn Society
The British Horn Society exists to stimulate interest in all aspects of Horn playing throughout the United Kingdom, encourage and support the development of all Horn players in the United Kingdom, assist and support the development of young British Horn players, promote the art of Horn playing to the wider British public and to act as a source of Horn playing expertise
History of the French Horn
History of the French Horn 2

Learn to play the French horn virtually
Remember that nothing aids progress more than an experienced and knowledgeable teacher and there is no substitute for practice. When choosing a teacher always check qualifications, references, DBS checks and consider a trial lesson. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their approach and ensure you have fun learning your chosen instrument.

Ten Facts You Should Know About the French Horn

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Tenor Horn

The tenor horn is a member of the brass family and pitched in Eb.  It has a conical bore like a flugelhorn and is most commonly found playing in brass bands, but can also play in wind bands and chamber ensembles.  To produce a sound you blow through the mouthpiece and change the pitch by moving your lips and/or the valves.

Below is further information on the Tenor Horn.  These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.

Tenor horn facts for kids

History of the tenor horn

Composing for the tenor horn

Learn to play the tenor horn online
Remember that nothing aids progress more than an experienced and knowledgeable teacher and there is no substitute for practice.  When choosing a teacher always check qualifications, references, DBS checks and consider a trial lesson. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their approach and ensure you have fun learning your chosen instrument.

Musicians that inspire us: 

Sheona White
Sandy Smith performs Concertino
Owen Farr

Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music-making in the UK

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well! 

 

Trombone

The trombone is a member of the brass family, lower than the French horn but not as low as the tuba.  It makes a sound by blowing through the mouthpiece and the tube while moving the slide to change the pitch.  Trombones are commonly played in orchestras, brass bands and big bands.

Below is further information on the Trombone.  These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.

Trombone facts for kids

British Trombone Society
The British Trombone Society is for everyone interested in the trombone.  Membership is also open to non-players, too, as well as amateurs and professionals, teachers and academics.  The society exists to promote the trombone and its repertoire in all musical styles.  Once a year, the BTS usually stage a major festival, when a full day of trombone education and entertainment is on offer. There are also local and regional events and there is always a massed trombone choir session which everyone is invited to play in. 

History of the Trombone
History of the Trombone 2

10 Odd Facts About Trombonists You’d Never Guess

Learn to Play the Trombone online
Remember that nothing aids progress more than an experienced and knowledgeable teacher and there is no substitute for practice.  When choosing a teacher always check qualifications, references, DBS checks and consider a trial lesson. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their approach and ensure you have fun learning your chosen instrument.

Musicians that inspire us: 

Jörgen Van Rijen
James Markey plays orchestral excerpts
Peter Moore BBC Radio 3 interview
Christian Lindberg 2019 Tokyo recital
See How A Trombone Is Made

Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music-making in the UK

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well! 

 

Trumpet

The trumpet is the smallest member of the brass family.  It is played in orchestras, marching bands and big bands.  You make a sound by blowing through it and moving your lips and/or the valves to change the pitch.
Below is further information on the Trumpet.  These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.

Trumpet facts for kids

International Trumpet Guild
Becoming a member of the International Trumpet Guild connects you with over 4,000 members in 56 countries who seek to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trumpet. 

History of the trumpet

Techniques for playing the trumpet online
Remember that nothing aids progress more than an experienced and knowledgeable teacher and there is no substitute for practice.  When choosing a teacher always check qualifications, references, DBS checks and consider a trial lesson. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their approach and ensure you have fun learning your chosen instrument.

10 Facts About the Trumpet 

Musicians that inspire us: 

Simon Höfele
Christian Scott
See how a trumpet is made

Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music making in the UK

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well! 

 

Euphonium (Baritone)

The euphonium is a member of the brass family.  It can be played in orchestras and brass bands and plays low and high-pitched notes.  It makes a noise by buzzing your lips and blowing air through it.

Below is further information on the Euphonium.  These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.

Euphonium facts for kids  

International Tuba Euphonium Association
The International Tuba Euphonium Association is dedicated to promoting and advancing the tuba and euphonium instruments.  The organization comprises performers, educators, students, and amateurs of all backgrounds. 

History of the Euphonium
History of the Euphonium 2

Learn to play the Euphonium virtually
Remember that nothing aids progress more than an experienced and knowledgeable teacher and there is no substitute for practice.  When choosing a teacher always check qualifications, references, DBS checks and consider a trial lesson. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their approach and ensure you have fun learning your chosen instrument.

7 Mistakes Brass Students Make (and how to avoid them!)

Musicians that inspire us: 

Glyn Williams
David Childs
Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music-making in the UK

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well! 

 

Tuba

The tuba is the largest member of the brass family. It can be played in orchestras and brass bands and plays low-pitched notes. It makes a noise by buzzing your lips and blowing air through it.
Below is further information on the Tuba.  These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.

Tuba facts for kids

International Tuba Euphonium Association
The International Tuba Euphonium Association is dedicated to promoting and advancing the tuba and euphonium instruments. The organization comprises performers, educators, students, and amateurs of all backgrounds.

History of the Tuba
History of the Tuba 2 

Learn to play the Tuba virtually
Remember that nothing aids progress more than an experienced and knowledgeable teacher and there is no substitute for practice.  When choosing a teacher always check qualifications, references, DBS checks and consider a trial lesson. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their approach and ensure you have fun learning your chosen instrument.

4 Fun Facts About The Biggest Brass Instrument – the Tuba!

Musicians that inspire us: 

Øystein Baadsvik – listen to his TEDx talk here
Patrick Harrild – listen to his London Symphony Orchestra masterclass here
Have you ever wanted to know how Tuba’s are made? Learn here!

Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music-making in the UK

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well!

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