Choosing a brass musical instrument to start playing may seem quite a discouraging prospect. There are several factors to keep in mind, such as the cost, physical size and weight capabilities of the player and the availability of the instrument’s teachers (there are several very good online databases that will help you find qualified teachers in your area). The key point to keep in mind when choosing a wind instrument is that playing it should be fun! It is a good idea to choose an instrument, depending on the genre of music you like. For example, if you want to play jazz, there is no point in learning euphonium, while trumpets are popular in all genres. Some musicians get a kick from playing in an orchestra. Others choose solos. It is a good idea for a beginner musician to consider the general direction in which he or she would like to go from the very beginning. After all, what started as a hobby can flourish and become a lucrative career, and what better than playing the music you love!
A classical symphony orchestra will usually include tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, trumpets, and horns.
A traditional brass band will include soprano horn, euphonium, bass trombone, flugelhorn, baritones, tenor trombones, tubes, horns and tenor horns.
Large ensembles used in swing and jazz usually include trumpets, tenor trombones, and bass trombone.
Solo instrumentalists are used in a variety of musical genres, from pop to folk and blues.
Wind instruments Types of wind instruments
There are two families of brass musical instruments in contemporary music: valved and slide.
As the name suggests, instruments with valves use a set of valves that the player supports with his fingers. Valves are usually piston valves but can be rotary valves, as in the case of tubes and corners (rotary valves require special care, for example, they must be cleaned by a specialist – see the cleaning section for more details). Most modern brass instruments are valve instruments, including flugelhorn, cornet, trumpet, euphonium, French horn, tube, and tenor horn.
Slider instruments include a slider to change the length of the tube and thus raise and lower the note. Trombones are the main family of zipper instruments (bar trombone valve, which is most commonly used in jazz pieces).
The category of brass bugle calluses includes bugles, trumpets, fluorescent horns, and corneas. There are subtle differences between these instruments in appearance, sound and playing technique. Buglists are sought after by brass bands, in particular, military bands.
The trumpet is a popular choice of wind instruments. It is ideal for beginners. Trumpets are used in a wide range of musical genres, which should help in maintaining an interesting learning experience. Trumpets are comfortable to transport and store and are relatively inexpensive.
Like the trumpet and horn, flugelhorn belongs to the family of brass musical instruments. It is similar to a trumpet, but its sound is slightly sweeter. Flugelhorns are widely used in various types of music, from classical to traditional brass music, and are very popular in jazz.
The cornet is similar to a trumpet, but with a slightly more melodic sound. The Cornets are ideal for beginners because they are more compact than the trumpet, which makes it easy to hold. The Cornets are an important part of a traditional brass band, but like the trumpet, their musical range is wide. The Cornets are relatively inexpensive to buy.
Euphoniums and Tubas
These instruments can be huge and usually quite expensive. However, euphoniumists and tubists are getting less and far between and so are always in demand. Tubes can be so big that you can fight by matching it to your shoe. Euphoniums are smaller scaled and have a great range. These instruments are elementary for classical symphony orchestra and traditional brass band.
The French horn is both beautiful to watch and a pleasure for the ear. A good French horn will be quite expensive and difficult to learn. Players of the French horn are quite rare. No classical orchestra would be complete without half a dozen, which means, however, that the players have very much sought after.
Despite the impressive range of this instrument, trombonists are becoming an endangered species! Although the trombone is an inexpensive instrument, its slides are very delicate and must be handled with great care. The trombone is easy to learn and there is a great need for trombonists to play in classical, swing, jazz, and traditional brass bands.