Posted by college bound? on April 09, 2002 at 09:45:49:
In Reply to: BBb vs. CC posted by Kyle Cabral on April 08, 2002 at 22:08:57:
It sounds like you're going to college, right? And you already have a good idea where you want to go, right? Then you need to correspond with your potential tuba teachers and ask if they have a preference. Other than that, the "usual choices" seem to be CC for orchestral work and BBb for band work, in the USA. I've heard a good player overpower a brass quintet on an F, and I've heard a mediocre player barely be heard on a CC, so a whole lot depends on your ability and ensemble skills.
As for learning fingerings, I'm for the "immersion method." Just make the switch. In addition to playing printed music, I find it an excellent idea to play tunes by ear, simple ones at the beginning, in all keys. For example, play The Saints Go Marching In, in Bb. Then play it in A; then in Ab. Etc. until you can do it in all keys easily. Then pick a harder one, like Hall of the Mountain King.