How To Choosing a Good Trombone
You can be a Trombone King
When deciding to buy your trombone, you need to begin by answering some questions.
Start with these:
* What kind of playing will you use the trombone for? everything, orchestral, big band, quintet/chamber music, other?
* How much money do you have to spend?
* Do you want a new or used instrument? Types of trombones there are three major types:
- Trigger-type tenor (also referred to as F-rotor or F-attachment)
Bass trombone Valve trombones and alto trombones are a specialty we will not discuss here.
How To Select Your Trombone The straight trombone is the simplest, with no tubing inside the main section.
The F-rotor trombone has extra tubing within the main loop. It is a straight trombone until this tubing activated with a trigger.
This makes the horn longer, changing its tuning from Bb to F.
The bass trombone is a larger bore version of the F-rotor trombone that adds a second rotor to extend its low-end even further.
Typically, Students start with a straight tenor trombone and later graduate to a horn with the F-rotor, but this is not a hard and fast rule. If you do not use the trigger, the F-rotor horn plays the same as a straight trombone. You can wait to learn the F-rotor when you are ready. On the other hand, for many applications, even advanced players stay with a straight trombone.
Trombone’s start at around £250 ($500) and rise up into the thousands. Obviously, for a beginner, you do not want to spend too much. Also, do not be tempted to buy on eBay or from a junkshop.
Buy from a reputable brass specialist and everything should be ok. Trombone mouthpiece the ideal mouthpiece is one which is comfortable and which allows you to accomplish what trying to do with a minimum of fuss.
The best advice is to try a few different types out at a local shop and ask your teacher for their advice. Ultimately, it is a subjective decision that you will have to make yourself.
Trombone cleaning your trombone is a necessity if you want to avoid expensive repairs later in the instrument’s life.
There are many different aspects to cleaning a trombone, from the easiest daily rituals to a less frequent deep cleaning. Daily Trombone Cleaning and Maintenance Each day before you play your trombone you should take the mouthpiece over to a sink and scrub it out using an inexpensive mouthpiece brush.
A clean mouthpiece feels better and plays better than one with dried saliva and half-chewed food pieces sticking to it.
Clean the mouthpiece with the brush and warm water then either dry with a paper towel or allow it to air dry. After you have done rehearsing for the day, you can clean out your slide with a trombone-cleaning rod and an old thin piece of flannel.
Intermediate and professional trombones often come with these cleaning rods included. Beginner model trombones usually do not. Again, ask your local music store to see if you can order one and then have them show you how to use it properly.
Weekly Trombone Cleaning and Maintenance Once each week you may wish to pour some warm water through the slides to flush out any acidic liquids and saliva that can literally eat through the metal of your trombone.
Another great and fun alternative is the use of a “Spitball,” a commercial product that blown through the slide and attempts to clean the worst of the residue.
Monthly Trombone Cleaning and Maintenance Every few weeks it is a good idea to give your new trombone a good thorough cleaning by totally submersing it in water and scrubbing the inside of the tubes with a trombone cleaning snake.
Fill your bathtub with Luke-warm soapy water,
(use mild dish soap like Dawn) and let the trombone soaking the tub for about ten minutes.
Make sure the water is NOT HOT!
Hot water in some cases can literally melt the lacquer finish off a brass instrument.
After the trombone soaked briefly,
Take the cleaning snake and scrub the inside of the instrument all the way through the curves in the slides. Remove the outer slide and scrub it separately from the inner slide. Rinse the entire trombone in clean cool water and towel dry the outside.
Do not put the trombone in its case until the inside of the slides has had a chance to air dry.
With a little easy cleaning and preventative maintenance, your trombone will play great and look great for years to come.