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Introduction - Brass


Being the highest sounding (soprano) among the brass instruments, the trumpet stands out with its bright, powerful and majestic tone. The modern trumpet has 3 valves. It is cylindrical in shape with a narrow tubing and has a cup-shaped mouthpiece.
French Horn
As the horn's smooth, velvety and mellow tone quality blends very well with that of the woodwinds, it is usually placed near the woodwind section in the orchestra. It is sometimes quite difficult to tell the difference between the sound of a French horn and a bassoon.      


Originally known as 'Sackbut' - derived from 'sacqueboute' which means 'pull-push' in French, the trombone is the only brass instrument which uses the slide. It has a cylindrical tubing and a cup mouthpiece.

The cornet, a brass valved instrument, is very similar to the trumpet. Its fingering is the same but it has a wider tubing, which is slightly conical.      


The largest instrument of the brass section, the tuba produces a deep and booming sound. It also produces the lowest notes in the brass family. It has 3 valves and looks a little like the horn, except that its bell points upwards instead of outwards.