Show and tell
Now find out more about Nigel’s instrument, the tuba.
The tuba is the biggest brass instrument and plays the lowest notes. It weighs more than 12 kilograms.
The first tuba was patented in 1835.
Most orchestras have only one tuba, but a traditional brass band has four. The world record for the biggest tuba ensemble is 502 tubas playing together.
To play the tuba, you don’t blow into it. Instead, you make a “buzzing” vibration with your lips.
Tubas usually play the bass line of the music, not the melody, but there are a few solo pieces for the tuba.