Choosing Your First Trombone
Most beginners will start with a Tenor Slide Trombone. Initially the Trombone is fairly easy to get a sound from
The cornet is more freindly and is a popular choice. for small children than the trumpet Your choice will largely depend on what style of music you would like to play.. Brass bands use cornets, wind bands, bigbands, and orchestras use trumpets.
There are many makes and models on offer, and such a range of prices that you need some guidance. If you already have a teacher, it is well worth asking his advice.
Why Rent a Trombone.
Many parents of children learning for the first time, are understandably unsure of buying until they are more confident that the child will cope with learnin g the instrument, Don Mack's Rental Scheme can provide the ideal introducton to the instrument for a comparatively small outlay. Some advantages of our Rental Scheme are as follows;
- Rent is paid every three months
- No minimum or maximum periods
- If there is a fault with the instrument, it is fixed for FREE.
- If you decide to buy the instrument, you get one rental charge off the price
Useful Trombone Tips for the beginner
Always consult your teacher if you are not sure how to put together your instrument.
NEVER force the parts of your instrument together Always lock the slide when you are assembling or not playing your instrument.
Assemble your trombone so the bell is over your left shoulder with their teachers
close supervision, young children should make sure that the hand slide is a comfortable distance from the bell brace for the left hand position .Make sure that you tighten the bell to hand slide fastening nut until it is snug and secure without over tightening.
You should move and grease the tuning slide at least once a month and oil the hand slide at least once a week (or more frequently if needed). DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE MOUTHPIECE OR SLIDES IF THEY BECOME STUCK. A lack of oil and grease will cause the parts of your trombone to stick. If they do stick take it to a technician immediately for removal. NEVER try to remove stuck parts with pliers or hammers!
Wipe off your fingerprints from your trombone after every use. A clean, non-treated cotton cloth will work the best. If you do choose to use a treated polishing cloth be sure that it is for the proper finish. Using the wrong cloth could cause scratches.
Always store your instrument in its case with the lid closed when not in use. This will prevent any excess tarnishing and lower the risk of damage.
Do not put anything (including sheet music) inside the case with your instrument that does not belong. Closing the case with extra contents can cause damage to the slides or dents. Also, make sure that all the latches are securely closed before transporting your instrument.