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.
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.
- Hungarian Trombone and Tuba Association - Kerepesi út 140—142, H—1144 Budapest, XIV, Hungary
- International Trombone Association - Information about the association, its journal and international events. (3 Cumbria Close, Coventry, Britain CV1 3PG, Tel: 01203-779480, Fax: 01203-779479)
- ITA Journal (International Trombone Association), Box 305338, Denton TX76203, Texas, USA - Tel: +1-940-891-4294, Fax: +1-940-891-3435
- Trombonist Online - British Trombone Society - P.O. Box 817, London, SE21 7BY, Tel: 020-8658-0405
- Harrogate Brass Band home of The Internet Bandsman's Everything Within and packed full of information and links to brass instrument resources and sites.
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- 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
- Learn to Repair Brass Instruments - short intensive courses. Contact Trevor Head, Llangunllo School, Llangunllo, Knighton, Powys, LD7 1SR. Tel: 01547-550622
- Magliocco's Trombone Site
- Michael Rath Trombones Tel: 01274-721894
- Music Education site with information for teachers and pupils, links to sites and more.
- 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
- Tom Izzo's Trombone Collection
- Trombone and Brass Performance Articles articles and sheet music by Brad Howland
- Trombone History
- Trombone Lessons.com
- Trombone Page of the World
- Trombone Puppy - Sheet music for trombone.
- Trombonists and Trumpet Players (Harrogate Band Humour)
- Trombone Webring
- Trombonist's Webring
- Warwick Music - Music publishers, specialising in Trombone, Trumpet and Brass Quintet.
- Windplayer Trombones
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