5-valve tuba range of the fifth slide
This message was contributed by Paul on 13/2/14.
I'm not a tuba player. I am translating a Japanese document about the tuba into English. |
In a description about the valves and how many semi-tones down each combination of valves will take you (if that makes sense), they give this notation for a five-valve tube: "4/3 tones." In English, I've seen "whole step (two semi-tones)" and then always "X semi-tones" up to this point, and this all made sense to me as a person somewhat familiar with bass, guitar, and piano music. But what would a "4/3 tone" be? 1.333 semi-tones? I don't get it. If you do, please help me!