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Play It Again: Trombone



A bit rusty? Don't be put off. Browse our helpful hints, and watch a video guide to get you started.

Hints and Tips: Playing the Trombone

If your trombone hasn’t been out of its case for a while it might be a good idea to begin with a little maintenance to get it back into good working order.

Some slide grease applied to the tuning slide will help it move more easily.

A small amount of slide cream might be a good idea too – apply it to the inner slide then spray it with clear water. If the slides won’t move don’t force them - a repair shop is the answer.

When you first begin to practice, try some buzzing using just the mouthpiece - it will warm up the mouthpiece and also help to get your embouchure back into shape. Make sure the lips are pressed tightly together.

Re-familiarise yourself with all the different slide positions, and work on getting a flowing movement going. With luck your muscular memory will soon kick in.

To begin with practise in short sessions, and keep it simple. Listen hard to get the pitch exactly right.

After practicing use a flexible cleaning cloth or pull-through to clean out the slides and tubing – this will get rid of any excess moisture from blowing.

If you’re looking for lessons you’ll find many instrumental teachers advertise in local shops and libraries, while local authority Music Services are also a good place to start.

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