Trombone lessons will give you the skills to perform as a soloist, and the confidence to participate in ensembles. The trombone first came into use in the early 19th Century, primarily in Austria. Near the end of the 1800’s, during the Romantic Era, composers began widely incorporating the trombone into their symphonic works. The trombone was also included in marching ensembles and jazz bands.
What separates the trombone from other brass instruments is its use of a slide rather than valves to regulate pitch. This allows players to glide between the notes, using a technique called glissando. This ability makes the trombone a versatile instrument for soloing. Trombone lessons can help you feel comfortable in the spotlight. Many rock bands with brass sections have featured trombones, including Frank Zappa, Chicago, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears.
Our recommended starting age for trombone is eight. The instrument requires a good amount of lung capacity as well as physical strength with the muscles around the mouth and the ability to maneuver the instrument’s sliding valve. While a younger student might be physically able to play the instrument, this is rare.
Beginning-level trombones, known also as student models, are relatively inexpensive and available through many music shops or instrument catalogs. Most music shops can also provide rentals. For the budget-conscious customer, used trombones are also an option, but it is strongly recommended that the buyer purchase a new mouthpiece. Something to look for with a used trombone is to be sure that the instrument can be taken apart and put together easily and is relatively free of dents. Our trombone instructors can also help with the selection of an instrument and all the accessories required to keep it in great condition.
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