The trombone is the second lowest member of the brass family. Like all brass instruments, sound is produced by blowing air through closed lips (embouchure), producing a “buzzing” sound that starts a vibrating air column inside the instrument. Most trombones have a slide mechanism that varies the length of the instrument to aid a player in changing the pitch.

The word trombone derives from Italian tromba (trumpet) and -one (a suffix meaning “large”), so the name means “large trumpet”. The tenor trombone (the most common) is pitched in B♭, an octave below the B♭ trumpet and an octave above the B♭tuba. Trombone music is typically written in, although exceptions do occur.

A person who plays the trombone is called a trombonist or trombone player.

Getting Started With Your Trombone


Start here to learn the basics for your instrument.

Assembling Your Trumpet

Next you can go here to learn how to put your instrument together.

Maintaining Your Instrument

Remember that you’ll have to take care of your instrument, this section goes over daily maintenance as well as the less frequent maintenance tasks.

Slide Positions

Now that you have figured out how to do all of the basics, let’s get started learning to play notes on your instrument.
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