Bryan Kolstad has always enjoyed music and likes to play the tuba. The tuba is a large instrument that takes a lot of practice to master. If you want to play the tuba these tips can help you learn to do so quickly. If you already know the basics of playing the tuba, use these tips to improve.
Get The Right Size
It is important to get a tube that is the right size for you. You need to be able to hold your tuba comfortably and also carry it around. Most people only think of the size of the tuba when they are in marching band but even if you are not going to be marching with it, you will still need to hold, transport and store it. Make sure you choose a manageable size.
Train Your Body
Playing an instrument is more demanding than most people realize and you need to train your body for it. Get used to playing it while sitting and standing. If you are going to be in marching band, you will need to get used to holding it for long periods of time and also marching with it. You will also need to get used to playing in the heat.
You will need to practice often if you want to master the tube. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to practice every day, but it should be regularly. Make a schedule for yourself and stick to it. When you have a plan to practice you are more likely to do so.
You may think you sound good while playing, but the only way to really hear yourself is to record it. Use a recorder and play it back over and over again to see if you messed up. If you do hear something that doesn’t sound right, try to fix it. Many musicians record themselves to hear what they really sound like.
If you really want to master the tuba you can take lessons. Even if you have been playing for a while, you may still benefit from taking lessons. You can find someone who is willing to help you online or even at your local music supply store. Don’t be afraid to ask your band or music teacher if they can give you some extra lessons or help on weekend or after school.
It is always fun to learn a new instrument and the tuba is very unique and interesting to play. Bryan Kolstad learned how to play the tuba as a young man and never stopped loving it. The above tips can help you become a great tuba player as well.