The Euphonium is a member of the Brass family and is a tenor-voiced instrument. Using a conical bore system,a flared bell and piston-valves, gives the Euphonium an extensive range;
The euphonium is closely related to the tuba, which it resembles in shape and for which it often serves
as a tenor. with 3 or 4 valves, pitched in B♭ an octave below the trumpet;It also resembles the
baritone, with which it is identical in range, although the euphonium’s wide bore gives it a different
tone quality.It is the leading instrument in the tenor-bass range in military bands. However the
euphonium has by no means been confined to brass and military bands and is often been employed in the
My First Euphonium
The Euphonium is a fairly easy to play, the baritone is easier, even though they are similar
instuments, the Euphonium has a better tone, and they have the same fingering.
The Valves are what can differentiate between a bad euphonium and a good euphonium. When you first get
the horn, the valves are rather noisy and a bit sluggish. wipe them down and oil them about every 30-45
min while playing, Also, squirt a little oil down the leadpipe and blow it through the horn while
wiggling the valves.
After a couple weeks the valves will be much more responsive and much quieter. The fourth valve will
still be a bit noisy but that will get better with time .
Intonation - Lets face it, a horn isn't good unless you can play in tune fairly easily.Make sure all
tuning slides move freely and have a good fit on the instrument so getting tuned up wil be no problem.
The sound is produced with the euphonium by the performer vibrating his/her lips against the mouthpiece
and A very mellow and smooth tone is produced from the instrument A good teacher is essential to show
you how. to Choose from top recommended Euphonium brands such as; Besson,Kanstul, Wilson,Challenger, Yamaha,
Eastman - Earlham - 3 valve models - 4 valve models and more..