Tuba for


Band Member Gavin Saynor
Position Principal Tuba
Instrument Tuba
eLearning:  for Intermediate's

Course Description

Our intermediate course leads on from our Beginner’s course and improves various playing techniques. It will look to introduce new techniques and exercises and strengthen your all-round musicianship. If you have already mastered the basics of playing the Tuba, then this might be a good place for you to start.

Gavin continues to guide you through a wide range of music-making skills, all the while developing your musical ability and understanding. The importance of dynamics, learning consistency, time signatures, range, new notes, scales and arpeggios, fingering exercises, long notes and playing graded pieces are all covered in this ten-video course. Designed to develop skills you already have, whilst giving you many new ones to improve your playing, the course will definitely increase your enjoyment of Tuba playing.

Course Content
Total Learning: 10 Lessons Time: 4 Hours

Introducing dynamics and recapping

Reminder regarding good posture. We look at breathing, air flow and control. We look at the basics of dynamic variation.

20 minutes

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Achieving consistency and coordination

We look at how to achieve a consistent tongue and valve coordination. Develop an understanding of the structure of the major scale and how to use this in our exercises.

20 minutes

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Learning about time signatures

We look at developing an understanding of both simple and compound time signatures. We also emphasise the importance of subdivision in developing your inner metronome.

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Extending your range

We look at bottom B and A, and we go to a high E. Bb discussed. We learn exercises which help to build range.


Minor scales and arpeggios

Develop an understanding of the structure of the minor scale, and arpeggio, and how to use these in our exercises.


Helping with long notes

Long notes. We will use long notes to help with breathing and tone. Learn how to approach long notes at different registers and dynamics.


Extending range and intervals

Extend the range to a low G and a high G, achieving a two octave range (i.e. “The Golden Range”) Go back to arpeggios, but now we can use a 12th and 2 octaves.


Working on a graded piece

We work on a Grade 4 or 5 piece. Discuss the difference between practice and performance. Musical interpretation is discussed.


Finger exercises and valves

Chromatic scales and finger exercises. Strengthening finger dexterity. Alternative valve combinations.


A recap and new music

In this lesson we recap what we have learnt during the course and how the different aspects of playing come together. Play different music to show learning.