What gives the trumpet its clarion ring and the tuba its gut shaking oompah-pah? And what makes the trombone so jazzy? Al Cannon shows how these answers lie not in the brass the instruments are made of, but in the journey that air takes from the musician’s lungs to the instrument’s bell.
Watch a video and choose the correct answers.
1. Brass instruments create vibration from _____.
a) Being plucked or bowed
b) Being struck
c) The mouth
d) Air against a reed
2. The escaping air meets resistance from the lip muscles, which forms a hole called the _____, and creates the vibration that brass players call the buzz.
c) Spit valve
3. The buzz results from _____.
a) The mouthpiece
b) Lengthening the tubing of the instrument with a valve or slide
c) A balance tension between the lip muscles and air flow
d) Stopping air flow
4. The brass instrument capable of playing the lowest notes is the _____.
5. The harmonic series _____.
a) Contains every pitch on a staff
b) Has pitches occurring consistently far apart from one another
c) Has pitches occurring consistently close to one another
d) Is a limited pattern of pitches
6. Explain how a brass musician can create various pitches with his/her instrument.
Educator Al Cannon
Director Franz Palomares
Script Editor Alex Gendler
Composer Carlos Palomares