Brass instruments are an exciting addition to any musical ensemble or solo performance. With great trumpet, trombone, and French horn players scattered throughout music’s history, it is no surprise that the clear, clean tones of brass instruments are still sought after. Today, you can hear brass instruments in everything from jazz and orchestral music to ska, pop, and hip hop. Whether you are interested in learning some trumpet jazz in the style of Dizzy Gillespie or you want to record some sweet backup samples, Sloan School of Music can help you achieve your brass goals.
Interested in taking up a brass instrument? From the tuba to the trombone, Sloan School of Music has instructors for all skill levels. Check out our instructors below, and schedule a lesson when you find one that works for you.
CHARACTERISTICS OF BRASS INSTRUMENTS
Brass instruments are characterized by the material that they’re made of: brass. The unique material gives brass instruments a distinctive loud tone that carries well over long distances. At their most basic, brass instruments are a hollow metal tube that broadens from a narrow mouthpiece to a bell-shaped opening. If you look at every brass instrument, they all have this same basic shape, with varying sizes, twists, and turns.
METHODS OF MAKING MUSIC
You play a brass instrument by making a buzzing sound with your lips into the mouthpiece. The sound is amplified by the shape and material of the instrument, and the pitch is adjusted by changing the strength of your buzz and altering the length of the tube by pressing keys or sliding the tube to make it longer or shorter. The trombone is an excellent example of the slide method, as you can see the player push the tube out and in to modify the pitch.
LEARN TO PLAY BRASS INSTRUMENTS
Brass instruments are an irreplaceable member of any music ensemble. No other instrument is capable of producing the smooth, wide open sound of a trumpet or the deep, insistent beat of a tuba. If you would like to learn how to play brass instruments, there are a wide variety available. The most common brass instruments available today are the French horn, trumpet, trombone, and tuba. Although the sound produced by a brass instrument can carry very far, they have a wide dynamic range and can play equally softly. Their unique sound and versatility makes them a great instrument for musicians of any age, though some younger students may need to select instruments that are suitable for their size.