The Arbitrary Scrivener
Okay, people. This is a euphonium. Not a tuba, not a trombone, god forbid, not a trumpet.
What is a Euphonium, you ask? You’re probably pronouncing it wrong. Just sound these out:
The letter “U”
The word “Phone”
The letter “E”
The sound “um”
And no, it’s not a french horn either. It’s lower. It has the range similar to a trombone but with the shape of a tuba. Like a mini-tuba.
I feel obligated to spread this knowledge because it’s the forgotten instrument. Whenever I tell people I play the euphonium, they’re like whaat? Is that the one that looks like a phonograph? Well, considering a phonograph is a record player, I would guess not. Then they have to look it up on Google and be like, “I’ve seen that before!” Because, secretly, every full band has at least one euphonium.
And you know, it sucks, because it’s a beautiful instrument. It’s got the depth of a trombone and the fullness of a melophone, but it’s not overwhelming like a trumpet (no disrespect to trumpeteers, mind you). I have a special place in my heart for the trombone, which I played for three years, but it cannot match it with the connection I have made with my euph over the last three. Playing it is so comfortable, and I feel like I can trust the instrument — it’s like we’re in tune with each other, no pun intended. But I’m literally the only person in my band who plays it, and it’s a little upsetting.
So yeah, if you non-musicians ever join a band, consider this little dude. It’s a simple instrument and easy to learn as well. At least in my school, there’s always a need for more low brass. And in my opinion, a low brass section is not complete without a euphonium.
Photo source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Euphonium_Boosey_and_hawkes.jpg

Okay, people. This is a euphonium. Not a tuba, not a trombone, god forbid, not a trumpet.

What is a Euphonium, you ask? You’re probably pronouncing it wrong. Just sound these out:

  • The letter “U”
  • The word “Phone”
  • The letter “E”
  • The sound “um”

And no, it’s not a french horn either. It’s lower. It has the range similar to a trombone but with the shape of a tuba. Like a mini-tuba.

I feel obligated to spread this knowledge because it’s the forgotten instrument. Whenever I tell people I play the euphonium, they’re like whaat? Is that the one that looks like a phonograph? Well, considering a phonograph is a record player, I would guess not. Then they have to look it up on Google and be like, “I’ve seen that before!” Because, secretly, every full band has at least one euphonium.

And you know, it sucks, because it’s a beautiful instrument. It’s got the depth of a trombone and the fullness of a melophone, but it’s not overwhelming like a trumpet (no disrespect to trumpeteers, mind you). I have a special place in my heart for the trombone, which I played for three years, but it cannot match it with the connection I have made with my euph over the last three. Playing it is so comfortable, and I feel like I can trust the instrument — it’s like we’re in tune with each other, no pun intended. But I’m literally the only person in my band who plays it, and it’s a little upsetting.

So yeah, if you non-musicians ever join a band, consider this little dude. It’s a simple instrument and easy to learn as well. At least in my school, there’s always a need for more low brass. And in my opinion, a low brass section is not complete without a euphonium.

Photo source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Euphonium_Boosey_and_hawkes.jpg

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