The Well-Tempered Tuba (Honors)

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The author applied a copyright date of 2017 to this work. It was recognized with University Research Honors in 2018.

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This method is not meant as a complete method for learning tuba. Instead, it should be used as a more practical way to learn scales and modes as well as to create familiarity and fluidity within each key via transpositions. The method is based mainly on scale degrees which, of course, represent pitches in scales and modes. For the purposes of The Well-Tempered Tuba, all non-altered scale degrees are determined based on the major scale degree pattern. This means that a major scale will follow numbers 1-8 (with 1 being the first scale degree). To denote raised and lowered scale degrees (for scales and modes) the symbols “#” and “b” will be used respectively.
To denote rhythms, I will provide an example in C major for each pattern. Students of this method should only use the example as a way to learn the rhythm for the exercise, as there is a strong focus on rhythmic variations.
Lastly, students should apply freely the scale degree notation to any music they are studying in order to gain a better understanding of the functional harmonies present in their music.


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