Hot Brass Lessons How-Tos

How To: Play a baritone horn

In this series of music education videos, our brass horn expert and music lesson professional introduces you to the baritone. He gives you a brief overview of its history as well as an introduction to the components which comprise this horn.

How To: Play the tuba

Learn the basics of playing a tuba, from how sound is made to using pedal tones and controlling the tuba's volume, as our expert tuba player and teacher explains in this free tuba music education video series.

How To: Play the trumpet for beginners

In this tutorial, we learn how to play the trumpet for beginners. You need to put your lips together very tight and get a higher sounding buzz. It will take practice to get the buzzing of your lips. Practice this with just your mouth, then use a mouthpiece to practice with. Next, you need to try different breathing exercises by taking a big breath in and let it come down low. Don't fill the top of your lungs, fill down low in your body where your diaphragm is. Also, make sure you have good po...

How To: Play French horn

In this video series on how to play French horn, learn basic tips and techniques for playing this brass instrument, including how to hold the horn, form proper embouchure, and changing pitch using your lips, the rotary valves, or by putting your hand in the bell. Also learn some intermediate French horn skills involving orchestral music, like how to play slurs, legato, glissando, staccato, and accent notes. Finally, get some practical care and maintenance tips for your horn, as well as some b...

How To: Maintain a tuba

If you have taken up the tuba, it is a good idea to know how to take care of your instrument. Our expert, Kevin Smith, shows you how to perform tuba maintanence. Kevin shows you how clean your tuba with cloths and brushes.

How To: Get started playing the trumpet

If you want to get really good at playing the trumpet, it stands to reason that you start with the basics. Happily, the Internet is awash in high-quality tutorials like this one, which presents an overview of how to get started. For more information, including a step-by-step overview, watch this free video trumpet tutorial.

How To: Play the shofar

In this video clip series you will not only learn tips and information about the shofar but you will also learn how to play it and special notes specific to the instrument. Because there are no valves or fingerholes in the shofar it is its size that changes the tone and sound of the instrument. The larger the shofar the deeper and fuller the tone. This is just a piece of what you will learn through this series!

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