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The Brass Family

Elementary general music introduction to the brass family with performance samples at the end of the presentation.
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Maggie Haggerty

on 14 January 2014

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Transcript of The Brass Family

to change notes, brass players use valves/slides and their lips, which are sometimes called " "
The Brass Family
Instrument Basics
There are four "families" of instruments:
-Woodwind -Brass
-Strings -Percussion
The way you must place your lips to play a wind instrument (woodwind or brass) is called the
embouchure.
Every
vibration.
sound in the world is made by
What makes a brass instrument?
Brass instruments are made from metal (usually brass) & the lips create the vibration to play.
More facts about brass instruments:
-haven't always had valves
-all have bells at the end
-sometimes use different mutes
The bigger/longer an instrument is, the the sound.
lower
The smaller/shorter an instrument is, the the sound.
higher
Trumpet
has three valves
water key/spit valve
Brass Facts
universal
to produce a sound on a brass instrument, you must
" " your lips
are used to make brass instruments longer/shorter to match with the ensemble.
buzz
tuning slides
chops
popular in jazz ensembles, orchestras & bands.
French Horn
Trombone
Tuba
oldest of the brass instruments
right hand goes inside the bell
has the smallest mouthpiece of all the brass instruments =more difficult to play
only
has
valves
four
has a instead of valves
only trombones
can play a
glissando
sounds get
as the slide is
extended,
& as the
slide is shortened.
lower
higher
slide
biggest &

brass instrument
lowest
has three valves
the marching tuba
is called a

after
John Philip Sousa
sousaphone
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