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Tuba Range Chart

Please Note:  This chart shows the approximate range of the tuba.  All players are different and actual results may vary.  Do not use while sleeping.  Do use while operating heavy, metal instruments.  For indoor or outdoor use only. This product was not tested on animals… well, strike that.

  • Ric

    It’s a “C” instrument??–Thanks

  • Susie Ahrens

    Hello Ric,

    Yes, the tuba is a C instrument, non-transposing.

    Thanks for visiting!

  • Edog

    this is the worst site ever!

  • Jo

    I need some descent info about a tuba and i get this stuff?
    is there nay good site around?

  • Brin

    I’m in 8th grade and i can play all the pedal tones, and a 2 octave B flat concert scale? Is that good, or will it not help at all

  • Bradcox543

    Yes usually but they can be written as Bb or sometimes Eb. C is the most common though by far.

  • Larry Kettelkamp

    Susie, 2 questions per your Tuba Range chart: 1. What are the “pedal tones” on a B flat tuba? (down to G1?) Or on what tuba would a high school player go down to G1? 2. On the chart for E flat tuba, why is the low E flat1 marked “8vb” when that is already the actual pitch (per piano notation? I am a composer working on brass quintet music using either standard tuba (or bass trombone) down to B flat1, or a couple of “progressive jazz” settings using tuba in E flat going down to E flat1 (a really neat sound for brass quintet). If you like, I’ll sent you some of the stuff.

    Thanks, Larry Kettelkamp

  • Larry Kettelkamp

    Susie: I see! The E flat tuba is actually SMALLER than the B flat tuba. On your chart the “high school” G1 and the “college and beyond” E flat1 are both pedal tones played on the B flat tuba.
    Thanks. Larry Kettelkamp

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