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College Level Tuba Method Books

Postby erickvonsas » Wed Dec 01, 2010 9:36 pm

Hello
I'm a tuba student at the college level and I was seeking suggestions on other method books.

I own:
Arbans Complete Method for tuba
Blazevich Vols. 1+2
Kopprasch 60 Selected Studies for BBb Bass
Remmington Flexibility Studies

Any feedback is good feeback

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Re: College Level Tuba Method Books

Postby Homerun » Wed Dec 01, 2010 9:52 pm

Breathing Gym and Brass Gym, IMHO.
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Re: College Level Tuba Method Books

Postby BVD Press » Wed Dec 01, 2010 9:55 pm

Dear Erick,

There are piles of standards and I will others suggest those, but new and off the beaten are two books by TubeNet's own Ken Friedrich. Just like every other book I have ever played through I can't say I like all of the etudes, but these are fun, challenging and worthwhile to work your way through them. They can be found here:

http://www.kfsbrasschamber.com/Etude-Books.html

For me personally, I have always liked the Tyrell Etudes. Maybe it was because I could actually play them...

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Re: College Level Tuba Method Books

Postby jamsav » Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:05 pm

Bordogni should be in the mix...
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Re: College Level Tuba Method Books

Postby arpthark » Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:23 am

For tuba:

-Bordogni, "43 Bel Canto Studies"

-S. Vasiliev, "24 Melodious Etudes for Tuba"

-Tyrell, "40 Advanced Studies for Bb Bass"

I also find the following trombone methods helpful when read down the octave. You could try them loco to build security in the high register, too.

-Fink, "Studies in Legato for Trombone"

-Schlossberg, "Daily Drills and Technical Studies"

-Rochut, "Melodious Etudes for Trombone"


If you're a music ed. major, you might want to consider the 1st and 2nd Book of Practical Studies for Tuba by Robert Getchell. Easier stuff, but presented in a really organized way and great for younger kids just starting on the instrument.
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Re: College Level Tuba Method Books

Postby ckalaher1 » Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:02 am

Another vote for the Bordogni. A few more come to mind: Snedecor for Low Register, Kopprasch for Technical Studies, Rochut-as someone already alluded to-is great for learning to read down an octave and to stretch out one's upper register.

Also, check into Wes Jacobs' library of books, many of which cater to certain aapects of playing. He has many options to chose from.

The books you have are a good start, but I'd get a copy of the Bordogni Bel Canto Studies ASAP. It's a great book for players at most any level.
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Re: College Level Tuba Method Books

Postby TubaNerd88 » Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:35 pm

Another book that I recommend as an option if you want something extremely challenging:

"36 Celebrated Studies for Tuba" - N. Bousquet

It's originally a cornet etude book, but transcribed for the tuba. Very challenging, but fun etudes to play.

...and 2nd on the Brass Gym and Breathing Gym.
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Re: College Level Tuba Method Books

Postby lmedley12 » Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:36 am

Low Etudes for Tuba - Snedecor

My favorite etude book ever
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Re: College Level Tuba Method Books

Postby pauvog1 » Mon Dec 13, 2010 8:50 am

A new approach to altissimo trumpet playing by Lynch.

Its not a tuba book, but the excercises in the back can be done on tuba. I wouldn't follow the chapter about mouthpieces if using this book on tuba though.

Also the wes jacob books would be good to look into, there's like a million.

I'd also recommend the low etudes book by scnedor, and the Tyrell (40 adv. etudes) too.
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Re: College Level Tuba Method Books

Postby TexTuba » Mon Dec 13, 2010 12:03 pm

lmedley12 wrote:Low Etudes for Tuba - Snedecor

My favorite etude book ever


Pick up Ken's new books. They are for more demanding and sound, IMHO, a helluva lot better.
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Re: College Level Tuba Method Books

Postby pauvog1 » Mon Dec 13, 2010 3:31 pm

TexTuba wrote:
lmedley12 wrote:Low Etudes for Tuba - Snedecor

My favorite etude book ever


Pick up Ken's new books. They are for more demanding and sound, IMHO, a helluva lot better.


Maybe I missed something, Ken who? Title? Not trying to be a smart ***, just don't know.
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Re: College Level Tuba Method Books

Postby TexTuba » Mon Dec 13, 2010 9:48 pm

pauvog1 wrote:Maybe I missed something, Ken who? Title? Not trying to be a smart ***, just don't know.


No worries! Ken Friedrich. His site, and the etude books, can be found here:
http://www.kfsbrasschamber.com/Etude-Books.html
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