Play the Trombone

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Overview

You're watching VisiHow. This is a video tutorial series on how to play a trombone.

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    Tako, a student of the Tbilisi State Conservatory, will be demonstrating abilities, expressions, and techniques for the trombone.
    She will show us, teach us, and play for us a legato, a staccato, a marcato, dynamics like a crescendo or a decrescendo, a forzando, a piano, and a forte. She will show us how to buzz with the embouchure and how to use the mouthpiece to get a good sound out of the trombone. The tutorial is split into two sets of videos:
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Video: Play the Trombone Overview

Hello and welcome to VisiHow, hereafter we are going to show you several Trombone related videos tackling different aspects of how to play your Trombone.

Parts of the Trombone

This is a video tutorial on the different components of a trombone.

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    As you might know, a trombone is part of the lower brass family.
    And all of the lower brass instruments have a huge bell. The bell of a trombone is the end of the instrument.
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    The sound resonates at the bell and becomes bright and beautiful.
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    This is the tuning slide.
    The tuning slide shows the tuning.
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    When the tuning slide is pushed out, the overall sound becomes flatter.
    When the slide is pressed in, the tuning becomes sharper. This slide controls all of the notes and the range of the trombone. The slide has different slide positions.
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    This is a spit valve that allows you to release all of the condensation.
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    The last part is the mouthpiece, or the end piece, into which you buzz.
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Choose a Trombone for Yourself

You're watching VisiHow. This is a video tutorial on how to choose a trombone when buying or renting it.

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    When purchasing a trombone, there are several key factors that have to be kept in mind according to the slide, the bell, the brand and the mouthpiece.
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    Make sure that the instrument is in good condition and that it is in your price range.
    There are different brands: Yamaha, Bach, etc., that you can purchase that have a good-quality sound. Also, when selecting a mouthpiece (Mundstück), you have to know how to buzz to create a good sound. The mouthpiece is very important; so, if you do not know which one to select, choose the one that your teacher has recommended for you.
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Video: Choose a Trombone for Yourself

Breathe and Stand Correctly to Play the Trombone

You're watching VisiHow. This is a video tutorial on how to breathe and stand correctly when playing the trombone.

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    In order to breathe, you must take a deep complete breath through the diaphragm in order to have a good foundation of breath, as the trombone is a very physical instrument.
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    When standing, do not lean forward; but have everything aligned from the shoulders to the feet and begin to breathe.
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    You must take a deep breath.
    Remember that everything has to be aligned from the shoulders. Do not bend forward to breathe.
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Hold the Trombone

You're watching VisiHow. This is a video tutorial on how to hold the trombone.

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    Put the left hand underneath the beam to support the mouthpiece with the second finger and the thumb holding it in place.
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    With the right hand, place two fingers on the slide and two fingers below the slide.
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    Put the thumb on top to hold it in place.
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    This gives you a good flexibility in sliding the trombone with your hand.
    When the slide is either in the rest position or in the play position, you must always interlock it with fingers in order to protect it from damage.
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Buzz into a Trombone

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    In order to begin buzzing, make sure you take a deep breath by using your diaphragm.
    Your lips should be a little wet in order to create the vibration. Now, you can begin to buzz.
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    Remember to use the same buzz you would use without the mouthpiece.
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Produce a Good Tone on the Trombone

You're watching VisiHow. This is a video tutorial on how to produce a good-quality sound on the trombone. In order to make a good sound, there are several key things that you must keep in mind.

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    Take a deep breath by using your diaphragm, keep your back in a good posture, and warm up the trombone.
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    Remember to take enough air.
    If you take too little air, the trombone will sound as demonstrated.
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    You need to take enough air for the note you are going to play on the trombone.
    Remember that to make a good tone you must listen to the note that you are playing before you play it and think about it.
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Make Sounds with Your Lips on a Trombone

You're watching VisiHow. This is a video tutorial on how to buzz with your lips in order to play the trombone.

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    To start buzzing your lips, wet your mouth and form embouchure, which is the usage of the facial muscles to play the instrument.
    This will create the buzz, which is a vibration of the lips.
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    Remember not to let any air escape from the sides of the mouth but to keep all the buzzing in the center of the mouth.
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    Remember to take a deep breath from the diaphragm in order to control the mouth.
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    Now, we will buzz lower tones.
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Video: Make Sounds with Your Lips on a Trombone

Playing the Bb Chromatic Scale

This is a video tutorial on how to play the Bb chromatic scale on the trombone.

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    A chromatic scale ascends and descends by half tones or half steps.
    With the trombone, let us play from Bb to Bb. Let's start from Bb.
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    After Bb, play B natural.
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    Next is C.
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    Next is C#.
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    Next is D.
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    Next is D#.
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    Next is E.
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    Next is F.
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    Next is F#.
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    Next is G.
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    Next is G#.
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    Next is A.
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    Next is Bb.
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Practicing Daily Drills

This is a video tutorial on how to practice daily drill exercises on the trombone.

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    It is imperative to practice the trombone daily.
    as it is a brass instrument that requires physical endurance to build up a better performance. In these exercises, let us practice a legato and a staccato. In each phrase, let us add an additional note.
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    Remember to take breaks between each phrase.
    You can play at any pace you want as long as you complete each of the exercises. If you need a break, take it but then return to playing.
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    Always remember to take deep breaths using the diaphragm to support your sound.
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    Remember to take a deep breath with a good posture.
    If you are sitting down, keep your back straight while playing the trombone. You can diversify morning drills with double-tonging and even triple-tonging the trombone as well as with different legatos and other types of expressions.
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Questions and Answers

Is there any full ebook to learn trombone from the beginning?

I love to play trombone but don't know where and how to start learning. I found some instructions but it is hard to understand. I have tried: I tried to play it with my friend instructions but he does not have much time for me. I think it was caused by: Maybe I am not talented on the music instruments

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