The trombone is one of the most versatile of all instruments, commonly used in virtually every type of music: classical, jazz, pop, soul, rock, you name it, you’ll likely find the deep, rich sound of a trombone in the music somewhere. It’s often considered, along with the Euphonium, to be among the most hypnotic of the wind instruments and the one that most closely mimics the clarity and beauty of a great operatic tenor’s voice.
The trombone is a member of the brass family. The most frequently encountered trombones are the tenor trombone and bass trombone although there are also alto and even tiny soprano versions. Sound is produced when the player’s lips cause the air column inside the instrument to vibrate. Most trombones have a telescoping slide mechanism that varies the length of the instrument to change the pitch. Special variants like the valve trombone and superbone have three valves like those on the trumpet. Some slide trombones have one or (for a bass trombone) two rotary valves operated by a left-hand thumb trigger. This makes for greater ease in playing technically difficult passages and increased lower range, and is frequently used in orchestras and many commercial settings.
The word trombone derives from Italian tromba (trumpet), meaning “large trumpet”. The first records of it being used are around 1440, but it is not clear whether this was just a nickname for a trumpet player.
Whether you’re wanting to join your school band or just to learn an instrument that will enable you to jam in most any setting, it’s hard to do better than the trombone!
Trombone lessons will focus on proper posture when holding the instrument, the importance of breathing, various breathing exercises for strengthening of the diaphragm, music theory, scales and other exercises, reading sheet music, learning orchestral dynamics, and much more! We have some great trumpet instructors who can really help you or your child take off in this instrument. Your teacher will also have information about where to rent instruments and purchase supplies.
To sign up for trombone lessons, either email us ([email protected]), call us (971-227-4222), or use the contact form on our website. We will answer any further questions you have, and based on your address will recommend a mandolin teacher in your area. We will have the mandolin teacher contact you (usually the same day) and set up a free first lesson. After the free first mandolin lesson, if you decide you like the mandolin teacher, we will send you your billing information by email.
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