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A member of the loud and proud brass family. The trombone can be found in a variety of different ensembles.
A member of the loud and proud brass family. The trombone can be found in a variety of different ensembles.Although most trombones are made of brass, they’re also available in lightweight and cost-effective ABS solutions. We deal with all leading trombone manufacturers such Bach, Conn, and Yamaha, so you’re sure to find your perfect trombone here.
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Every new instrument has a learning curve, however the trombone is somewhat unique in its requirements. Smaller players may find this difficult to hold and manoeuvre and some positions on the slide may not be reachable for a very young child. There is also the added consideration of strength, as repeated extension of the arm and the muscle control required for the positions can be hard for new players. If this is the first brass instrument, a new player would also need to train their facial muscles so that they can achieve and vary their embouchure (the position their mouth should be in to play). Trombone sheet music can also be written in several clefs, which can be an added challenge for some learners.
There are, however, benefits to learning the trombone! The slide position positioning can be more intuitive than the pistons on other brass instruments as these are sequential. It is also easier to achieve a noise initially due to the larger mouthpiece. As with any instrument, learning the trombone has its benefits - the important thing is to practise. We would also recommend finding a teacher to avoid falling into any bad habits that could affect your playing.
There are many different types of trombone, but the main three types are tenor, bass and alto. The most common trombone is a tenor trombone, and these normally come pitched in Bb. You can find some models with F triggers, though this isn't essential for a beginner. There are also contrabass, soprano, sopranino and piccolo trombones, though these are more rare.
An F trigger on a trombone drops the key by a fourth. This allows you to play lower notes, and play alternate positions for some notes. It can also facilitate some trills, but this is mainly for advanced players. While it extends the range of your instrument, it's non-essential for a beginner.