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trombonist The Trombone is the larger relative of the trumpet and consists of a narrow tube of brass folded on itself to save space. Unlike other members of the brass family, the Trombone comes apart in two pieces.

You hold the trombone in front of you with the mouthpiece to your lips, the bell directly forward. Your right hand operates the slide, while the left supports the instrument.

trombone The sound comes out of the flared bell, and is made by blowing a "raspberry" with your lips into the cup-shaped mouthpiece and you can make a number of different notes by varying the tension of your lips which vibrates through the specially shaped bore and moving the slide, which alters the length of the tubing, thus making the instrument temporarily a bit longer or shorter. The slide is unique to the trombone.

The most widely used is the Tenor Trombone which uses seven playing positions on the slide whilst the Bass Trombone is equipped with additional tubing to provide extra notes and a larger bore giving greater depth & power in the lower register.

The trombone is mainly played in orchestras, wind bands, jazz bands and brass bands but have gained popularity in pop & rock music since introduced by bands like Chicago who used the Trombone, Saxophone and Trumpet as an integral part of their line up.

Trombone Links

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Budapest Music Centre
Provides news, information and competitions.

British Trombone Society
Home of all things Trombone in the UK

Harrogate Brass Band
Information on the band, news, contests and recordings

Bassbone - trombone resources

Basstrombone.nl by Ben van Dijk

Cala Records - Sheet music of the London Horn and London Trombone Sounds

Digital Trombone Tips and advice on trombone playing.

Douglas Yeo Trombone Website - Advice on technique, repertoire, performance and choosing an instrument, from the Boston Symphony Orchestra's trombonist. Information about the association, its Journal and international trombone events.

Edition Tarrodi - Trombone music specialists - Valhallavägen 110, 114 41 Stockholm, Sweden

Free-Scores - free music scores

Greenhoe Trombone Valves

Information resource for Brass Bands Worldwide including jokes, humour, manufacturers, events, news and more.

Learn to Repair Brass Instruments short intensive courses. Contact Trevor Head, Llangunllo School, Llangunllo, Knighton, Powys

Magliocco's Trombone Site

Michael Rath Trombones Tel: 01274-721894

Online Trombone Journal - offers scholarly and general articles on all aspects of trombone performance and pedagogy.

Pay The Piper UK - So you want to play a musical instrument - a site for aspiring musicians providing free information, has sections for various instruments with information about the instrument, approximate purchasing costs

The Trombonist's Corner

Trombone and Brass Performance Articles articles and sheet music by Brad Howland

Trombone History

Trombone Page of the World

Warwick Music - Music publishers, specialising in Trombone, Trumpet and Brass Quintet.

Brass Bands Humour The Internet Bandsman's Everything Within Brass Bands Events Diary