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Euphonium

A member of the brass instrument family, the euphonium derives its name from the Greek word euphonos, for "well-sounding" or "sweet-voiced."

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What kind of sound does a euphonium make?

It's a low brass instrument that most often plays in bass/treble clef

Who is famous that playes the euphonium?

Steven Mead

David Childs

David Werden

Brian Bowman

How do you fix valve slap?

Do you mean piston slap? Noise like piston slap are repairable only by an engine rebuild.

How do you play a D sharp on a euphonium?

D sharp is the same as E flat so you press first valve down

How do you play a euphonium?

How to play a euphoniumA euphonium is an instrument that can have three, four,or five valves. To play a euphonium, shape your lips as if you were saying 'm'. Basically, the shape of the lip you make when you say the alphabet. You blow into the mouthpiece, letting your lips vibrate as the air passes through. Press down on the valves to get different notes. For higher notes, tighten the lips, forming a smaller opening in the lips.

Open, -> leave the valve untouched (you can still rest your fingers).

1 -> Press 1 (Index Finger)

2 -> Press 2 (Middle Finger)

3 -> Press 3 (Ring Finger)

?, ? -> Press those 2.

B flat is open.

C is 1, 3 or 4

D is 1, 2

E flat is 1

F is open

G is 1, 2

A is 2

B flat is open.

That is a b flat scale.

It is best for you to buy a book, or learn from an experienced player.

[I am someone else adding additional information: That answer above is sort of correct, but if you are reading any euphonium music written in the treble clef (as in Great Britain where I am, ], the note described above as B flat, which plays as B flat on the piano, is called C and is read as C, so in fact it is C that is open, B flat is 1, D varies depending on which D you are playing, and in America euphonium music is written in the Bass Clef so I'm not sure what goes on there!]

Is W Nirschl a good euphonium brand?

The Nirschl Euphoniums made after 2009 were made in Brazil at the Weril Brass factory and yes, they are good euphoniums. They are well made and built heavy for a nice dark sound like the old English made Besson horns.

I would not recommend the Nirschls that were initially made in India.

The latest Nirschls made in Brazil were well thought out, designed and engineered in Indiana and Germany.

How big is a euphonium?

Who knows, its one of the mysteries of life.

Is the baritone a low brass instruments?

The Baritone is most definitely considered a low brass instrument. It plays in the same range as the Trombone.

Which is the best brand for a baritone?

The best brand for a baritone is selmer. the best brand is def king or bach

How do you oil a baritone?

Unscrew the the top valve cap, remove the valve from the instrument pour a little valve oil on the valve and place the valve back in the baritone, (make sure you put it in correctly, normally there is a little notch to show you which way it goes in, or you will not be able to blow air through the instrument) then screw the cap back on the valve (make sure you do not cross-thread the valve), and that is how to oil a baritone or any brass instrument's valve.

How do cecilio euphoniums compare to other brands?

They are okay euphonium and are great for student use in middle school or high school bands. Although they are good student euphoniums they are not very good if you comparing them to a professional grade euphonium that is compensating. If you are looking for an instrument that is cheaper and just to use for school than a Cecilio euphonium is a good choice sense they are only around 600 dollars brand new. But if you are a really dedicated euphonium player do not waste your money on one of these, save up and buy a really nice compensating euphonium. Compensating euphoniums are professional grade euphoniums and only certain brands like Besson, Yamaha, Willson, and Sterling make them. You will not find a new compensating euphonium for less than 3000 dollars and Bessons and Willsons are as high as 7000 dollars brand new.

How do play the euphonium?

you buzz into the metal mouth piece like you do in a trumpet, french horn and trombone

Which is the best brand for a silver baritone?

Yamaha, Besson, EM winston, but these tend to be very expensive

around 1000 dollars and more

What are the top 5 best brands of an euphonium?

Depends on if you're looking for a compensating or non compensating instrument. For non compensating I'd strongly suggest a Yamaha or King, for a compensating instrument many people would place the top 5, in no particular order, as Besson, Yamaha, Willson, York and Sterling.

What does a Baritone Horn look like?

A Baritone looks just like an euphronium, exept a Baritone has a curved bell at the top. If you don't know what an euphronium looks like, well, it looks a lot like a smaller Tuba.

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What is the euphonium made of?

Usually out of brass. That's why it's refered to as a brass wind instrument.

Is there a baritone mute?

There is a such thing as a baritone mute. It is rare to find them in any store and if you see someone using one, they have usually constructed it themselves. Most mutes for baritone look like a very large practice mute for trumpet, and are rarely used by any baritone players. Baritones with curved bells(e.g. bell front concert horn) make it dificult to use mutes, as well as the fact that most Baritone/Euphonium have different bell radii, making a standard mute hard to make.

Where can you get free euphonium sheet music?

Tuba Peter (see related link) has a good variety or pops music and theres also many selections of classical pieces.

How does a euphonium work?

Euphoniums produce sound much like all wind, and specifically brass, instruments produce sound. When a Euphonium player buzzes his/her lips and pushes air into the horn, s/he makes the air start vibrating against the tubes of the horn. The sound is produced through these vibrations, and so the smaller the vibrations the higher the pitch. Thus, a Euphonium's sound is created by vibrating air moving through the metal tubing. That's also why a Euphonium player can't make sound by simply blowing into the instrument; s/he has to make the air vibrate as well.
See related link.

What are the best brands for a compensating euphonium?

This can be a matter of personal preference but normally the best brand of Euphonium is considered to be a Besson Euhonium. Other really good compensating brands are York, Willson, Sterling, and Yamaha.

Is the Baritone heavy?

No, I am a lot shorter and skinnier and I can hold it just fine. However, It requires more air to be able to play it.

- I play all Instruments, A band teacher.

What is the origin of the Euphonium?

The Euphonium was invented by Sommers of Weimar in 1843. Weimar is a city in Germany.

What is the difference between the Euphonium and the Baritone?

As with so many questions, the answer is, "It depends." :-)

Here's my understanding--in British brass bands, they are two distinct instruments. The big difference is in the degree to which they tend to be "cylindrical" or "conical" in their diameter from mouthpiece to bell. A cylindrical-bore instrument (such as trumpet or trombone) keeps the same diameter throughout much of its length before it reaches the bell flare; a conical-bore instrument (such as horn or tuba) expands in diameter gradually throughout much of its length.

The cylindrical-bore instruments have a brighter, more edgy sound, while the conical-bore instruments sound more mellow. Back to your question: the British "baritone" is a cylindrical-bore instrument, and the British "euphonium" is a conical-bore instrument (also usually with a bigger bore to begin with). In British brass band music, the baritone tends to be used more as a solo instrument, where the euphonium tends to be kept paired with the tubas. Other than that, they are usually pitched in the same key, and they finger the same. The trumpet and cornet are perhaps a more familiar example of the same thing--the trumpet is cylindrical-bore, where the cornet is conical-bore, thus accounting for the different sounds.

Here's the catch--in the U.S., a lot of us use the terms "baritone" and "euphonium" interchangeably, probably because U.S. bands tend not to use the British "baritone" at all. (We don't have this kind of confusion with the terms "trumpet" and "cornet" because both are familiar in the U.S.) I usually call our conical-bore instruments "euphoniums", as the British do, since that seems to be the best way to avoid confusion.

I've attached links to Besson's web site where you can see the difference between the British instruments.

A baritone horn is slightly smaller than a euphonium. It is closer in size to alto/tenor horn, and therefore the Euphonium has a darker tone. The Baritone and Euphonium have the same pitch, same fingerings and read the same music, they just produce differing tones. Euphonium also tend to have a wider bell. The main distinguishing factor in America is a Euphonium has a conical bore (the pipe gets larger as it goes through the horn) where as a baritone has a cylindrical Bore (the pipe stays the same diameter all the way through the instrument, until it reaches the bell). This give a Euphonium a mellower sound than a baritone.