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Last updated: May 6, 2021

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, but you are struggling to make that sound more consistent?

If you're looking to play the trombone, you've come to the right place!

The trombone is an extremely versatile instrument, and you can play it with many styles of music. 

Assembling the trombone

  1. Confirm that the slide lock is locked
  2. Join the bell tube and the slide
  3. Insert mouthpiece and gently twist it

Holding the Trombone

  1. Support the trombone with your left hand
  2. Use your right hand to unlock the slide lock and move the slide
  3. Don't forget to lock the slide lock when you put the trombone down

Make your first sound

  1. Put the mouthpiece on your lips and make a buzzing sound
  2. Use the tension of the lips and the slide to alter the pitch

Slide Positions

There are 7 slide positions on a trombone, each a semi-tone apart. 

See this handy slide position chart.

Take Lessons

Finding a trombone teacher isn't always easy. There are many ways to go about it.

The most important thing to remember is that you want to find the best teacher for you.

Private in-person lessons are by far the best option if you can find a local teacher or music school. Second best option is an online private teacher. 

If that is not an option there are several online courses available. These courses are great for beginners but will only get you so far. 

To really master the trombone you have to study with a professional trombone player. 

By Kevin Christensen
Trombone Geek and writer
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