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Alternate positions on trombone

To avoid awkward slide motion and play faster, trombonists use alternate slide positions that make technical passages easier to play. They are based on playing the same note on different parts of an overtone series, and there are dozens of alternates. In this article, I'll explain when to use alternate positions, why they are used, […]
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How to Practice

How do you get better at things that take time and effort, like playing an instrument for example? If you want to learn guitar, piano, trombone, or another instrument, there are plenty of resources out there to help you get started. However, if you want to become truly great at your instrument, you need to […]
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How to Play the Trombone

Are you interested in learning how to play the trombone, but you don't know where to start? Have you mastered the basics of how to hold and blow a trombone, but you just can't seem to figure out how to produce a decent sound?   Or do you know how to produce a decent sound, […]
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What Are the Different Types of trombones?

There are 3 major types of trombones in use today. Let's explore them a bit.  Tenor Trombone The most common type of trombone is the tenor trombone. The tenor trombone is the trombone you'll see in the hands of the players in the trombone section of a band. It has a sound that is deep […]
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Should I buy or rent a trombone?

If you're a trombone player, you probably have an opinion on whether your instrument would be better off in your own hands or in the hands of a rental company. However, there are a few things to consider before making your decision. First, you need to figure out what your goals for the trombone are. […]
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Just about trombones

Trombone Geek is about trombones and music and is run by Kevin Christensen,  professional trombone player for some 20+ years. 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I buy a new or used trombone?

It depends, in my opinion, on you level and your dedication. If you are just starting out and are buying your first trombone I'd suggest buying a new trombone.
If you have played a couple of years and know how everything is supposed to work you can find a good deal on a used instrument on places like eBay or Craigslist. 

Should I rent or buy a trombone?

If you are just starting out and are not sure you'll continue playing it might make sense to rent. If you have just a small amount of dedication to trombone playing I'll strongly suggest buying a horn. 
There are cheap horn available that you'll be able to sell at a  not-so-great loss.

Where do I find a trombone teacher?

If there is a (professional) trombone player in your city, call him/her and ask for lessons. No matter how you spin it 1 on 1 lessons in person, is the best option. 
If that is not possible for you, there are online music schools where you'll be able to find a teacher. 

Should I buy a student trombone or a professional trombone?

There are benefits to both student and professional trombones. 
Student models are generally easier to play while professional horns offer more depth of sound and are of a much higher overall quality.
If you are just starting out go with a student model.

How much does a trombone cost?

Prices range from around $80 to $10.000.
Trombones are quite simple to produce compared to other instruments and are comparably cheaper. 

Just know that you get what you pay for. Don't buy a $80 trombone and expect to sound like a professional. 

What other equipment other than the trombone do I need?

Well, a case or a gig bag are nice to have if you plan on playing with others (and you most definitely should do that). 
A music stand is also nice.

Are trombone players good kissers?

YES! :-)

Why should I trust you?

You don't have to.
I have played trombone professionally for 20+ years but opinions expressed on this page are just that: my opinion. 
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