Notation - sound generation - Contrabass tuba - Philipp Dangas

Notation - sound generation - Contrabass tuba

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Sheet music for the pitch range of the contrabass tuba

It is the largest tuba instrument. It is also known as the "Kaiserbass", sometimes also a 16' or 18' (contra) bass tuba. Another designation is CC or BB tuba, although the first designation is not entirely correct. The fundamental C is only a contra-C, whereas the B is really a sub-contra B (B2) and this alone deserves the designation BB. The basic scale of the contrabass tuba in C is the natural scale built on the C1: C1—C—G—c—e—g—b—c1. This basic scale can be lowered by 11 semitones to the Db2 scale with the help of the 4 valves and possibly one or more compensation valves.

The theoretically possible continuation of the scale of fundamental tones towards depth exceeds the limits of human lung power. In general, the C1 is the extreme limit in depth. The tones from D flat to C are played by overblowing. The tonal response of the C1, which can be played with the valves closed, i.e. in the original tuning, is relatively better than that of the Db1 or D1. In the high register, the scale limit for the contrabass tuba in C is c1. The contrabass tuba, whether in C or Bb, is notated in bass clef .

A heavy-sounding example of the contrabass tuba [Composer: Richard Wagner]
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Playing techniques and playing effects on the contrabass tuba
Name of the playing technique or effect suitable not suitable
Interval jumps in legato (to slow tone sequences)
Interval jumps in staccato (to slow tone sequences)
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