Notes outside this register are possible but composers should note that continuous extreme upper register playing will be detrimental to performance. It is our suggestion that the extremes are touched upon for effect only. Your piece may well be included in a complete programme - if it is too draining on stamina then your work may not be performed too regularly. The extreme high notes can be incredibly powerful but please note that quieter dynamics are more difficult.
Obviously our instruments are suited to playing in the lower register. However, if composers write all instruments in this register then the effect will be very muddy. Technical passages do not work particularly well.
The lower register of the euphonium is often neglected but is much lighter than the tuba. In addition the tuba has a very beautiful upper register. This can be expressive and very powerful - easily carrying a melodic line.
Mutes : There are several mutes available - fibre and metal mutes for both tuba and euphonium. The euphoniums also have practice mutes. As their name suggests these are intended for practice but they enable performers to play very, very quietly. Please remember that performers need time to insert/remove/change mutes. As the instruments and mutes are sizeable objects, rests prior to and after muted sections are usually necessary.
Multiphonics : This is the term used to describe when the performer plays a note and sings another. It is much, much easier to play lower notes than those sung. Notes at the lower end of the suggested registers are best (to be played) and the sung note higher than that. Some intervals generate more harmonics and chords can be created. Simple harmonic movements are best.
The euphonium and tuba have a relatively short history. Composers may not be aware of the facility of the performers or their instruments. Should you wish to listen to excerpts of works, these are available to download from our website.
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Scores should be in concert pitch bass clef. Tuba parts in bass clef (concert pitch) and euphoniums in treble clef (written ninth higher than sounding).