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Postby BflatBass » Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:13 am

I'm primarily a trombone/bass trombonist and tuba is my main double. I'm starting up again after being away for 36 years so I would consider myself an advanced beginner. I've looked over my trombone books but I would just feel more comfortable using a book that was more tuba specific to help me with my technique/articulation/fingering exercises, etc.. I don't need help reading music. Just getting better at playing the instrument.

Any recommendations on literature that would help me get rolling?
Thanks,
Robert

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Re: beginning/intermediate tuba books

Postby The Big Ben » Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:25 pm

BflatBass wrote:I'm primarily a trombone/bass trombonist and tuba is my main double. I'm starting up again after being away for 36 years so I would consider myself an advanced beginner. I've looked over my trombone books but I would just feel more comfortable using a book that was more tuba specific to help me with my technique/articulation/fingering exercises, etc.. I don't need help reading music. Just getting better at playing the instrument.


I have been using a book named "Preparatory Book for the Complete Method for BBb Tuba" by Dr. Jerry Young and Wesley Jacobs It is a subset of the larger Arban's book edited by Jacobs and Young for the CC Tuba. From the introduction:

"This unique publication of Arban's work has been designed expressly for developing and recreational players who seek an excellent daily routine that will help them to improve steadily. It contains selections of Arban's foremost Exercises and Studies to help you progress towards milestones at your own pace."- Dr. Jerry Young

"Most tubists play the BBb tuba, while younger players play BBb tubas almost exclusively. Therefore, Encore Music Publishers has created the publication serving all players of the BBb tuba. If a tubist decides to move to tubas in other keys, this Preparatory Book will have proven essential" - Wesley Jacobs.

It is available from Encore Music Publishers ( http://www.EncoreMuPub.com, http://www.ArbanBook.com) I also have the full Arban's for Tuba and found this book easier to handle than the larger book because it guides an inexperienced person such as myself when choosing what to play from the larger book was proving daunting. I also could see a teacher using this book with the first or second year BBb tuba student.

It lists for $18.00 from the publisher's website.
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Re: beginning/intermediate tuba books

Postby BflatBass » Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:08 pm

The Big Ben wrote:I have been using a book named "Preparatory Book for the Complete Method for BBb Tuba" by Dr. Jerry Young and Wesley Jacobs It is a subset of the larger Arban's book edited by Jacobs and Young for the CC Tuba. From the introduction:

It is available from Encore Music Publishers ( http://www.EncoreMuPub.com" target="_blank" target="_blank, http://www.ArbanBook.com" target="_blank" target="_blank) I also have the full Arban's for Tuba and found this book easier to handle than the larger book because it guides an inexperienced person such as myself where choosing what to play from the larger book was proving daunting. I also could see a teacher using this book with the first or second year BBb tuba student.

It lists for $18.00 from the publisher's website.


This looks like what I'm after. Just something to get me started.
It also looks like Encore has some other publications that might help me later on like the Bordogni vocalises (which I use on the trombone) and maybe the Kopprasch sixty etudes.
Thanks very much.

Cheers,
Robert
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Re: beginning/intermediate tuba books

Postby hrender » Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:45 pm

Lately I've been going through Eby’s Scientific Method for Tuba, which is currently only available in an electronic edition from qPress. I've used several method books over the years, and I'm really enjoying this one. Another good beginner book is Bill Bell's Foundation to Tuba And Sousaphone Playing. My only complaint about it is the binding makes it difficult to get it to lie flat.
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Re: beginning/intermediate tuba books

Postby Three Valves » Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:47 pm

First and Second Books of Practical Studies for Tuba by Getchel/Hovey

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