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Meet the Instruments--Brass


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The brass instruments are made of brass tubing curled in different shapes and lengths. The longer the tube, the lower the tone. Players must buzz their lips to produce a sound. The sound is changed by buzzing faster or slower, and also by pressing buttons called valves.

Here are some examples of brass instruments:

Trumpet  The trumpet has a bold, high-pitches tone.  Three valves can be pushed to give a wider range of sounds.

 Trombone The trombone has a grand and lovely tone that can be soft or loud.  It is the loudest instrument in the orchestra.  It has no valves, but it has a slide that is moved back and forth to make different pitches.

Tuba The tuba has a powerful, deep sounds that can be funny or scary.  It is the largest brass instrument, and it has the lowest tone.  It has a total of 18-35 feet of tubing.

French Horn  The French Horn has a 12-17 foot tube that is wound around and around.  It ends in a big bell.  The pitches change by punching valves.