Facts You Need in Choosing a Beginner’s Trombone (Student Trombone)

What’s the best trombone for a beginning student?

As a band director for the past thirty years, I have seen it all. Here are some valuable tips for the average consumer looking for an affordable, quality student trombone.

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History

Trombones have been around for over 600 years. The original design of the trombone came from an Old English instrument called the sackbut. The word sackbut probably came from the French words saquer, meaning to pull, and bouter, meaning to push.

The Italian word for sackbut is the word trompone so that’s were we probably got the word. In the beginning there were four different kinds of trombones used. There was a soprano, an alto, a tenor and a bass. Today the symphony orchestra usually has two tenor and one bass trombone.

 

 

At one time in the 19th century trombones had valves like other brass instruments. But that style didn’t last.The trombone sounds as written which is different from other brass instruments. This is true because it sounds the note as written in the music. It is the brass instrument that uses the glissando the most. It is a long brass tube that is folded back on itself sort of like a paper clip. The mouthpiece of a trombone is pretty large and is cup-shaped. You play the trombone by sliding tubing back and forth to make the tube longer or shorter. This changes the sound.

A trombone has seven positions. To make other pitches the player changes his lip shape. When he squeezes or loosens his lips this changes the sound. A trombone can also do a glissando, which is where the player goes up to a note or down from a note, playing all the notes in between by just moving the slide.

The trombone is the only modern orchestral brass instrument that could play all the notes of the chromatic scale from the beginning. But they weren’t in early orchestras. Composers thought they were only for solemn music. When composers write music for the trombone they usually write it for three trombones to play at a time and they usually play the harmony.

The Beginning Band Fun Book for Trombone

Written specifically for elementary students by elementary band teachers!

• Extra-large sized notation
• Letter names inside the note heads
• Limited material per page
• Fun, child-centered graphics
• Available separately: CD, DVD and online videos

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The Intermediate Band Fun Book for Trombone

The Intermediate Band Fun Book is for second and third year band students and includes, scales, arpeggios, etudes, solos and duets. Books are available for flute, high clarinet, low clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet and trombone and can be used together in school band classes or as a stand alone method book.

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The Real Book for Trombone

A book of seventy famous songs for the beginning band student that uses just six different notes. Easy to read over-sized notation includes two versions of each song – one with letters inside the note-heads and one with regular musical notation.

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Book of Easy Duets for Trombone

This book features more than thirty easy duets for the beginning band student.  It is a great supplement to The Beginning Band Fun Book and works with any instrumentation of flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone and bells.

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Fifty Famous Classical Themes for Trombone

This book is comprised of fifty famous classical themes that are important for students to know. Chord changes are included for teacher provided accompaniments. A must have book for the advancing trombone player.

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The Politically Correct Book of Holiday Songs for the Trombone

Featuring songs for Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day, Winter Solstice, Eid al-Fitr, New Year’s and Festivus

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The Yamaha Model YSL-354 Standard Tenor Trombone features many of the qualities of the Yamaha top pro models, yet is available at a surprisingly affordable price.