Instrument Overview

picture of a trombone

The trombone is a member of the brass instrument family. Sound on the trombone is produced by "buzzing" into a metal mouthpiece. A trombone mouthpiece is larger than a French horn or trumpet mouthpiece; some people actually find it easier to produce sound with this larger mouthpiece.

The unique characteristic of the trombone is the long slide that is moved in and out to change the pitch. There are seven basic slide positions used to play notes, which the musician needs to find by ear.

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Trombone Facts

  • Instrument Family: Brass
  • Key: C (concert pitch) - sound matches the written note (certain trombones have extra tubing with valves that change the key to F, G, or Gb)
  • Clef: bass clef (occasionally tenor or alto clef)
  • Reputable Student Brands Include: Bach, Conn, Eastman, King, Yamaha

Some trombonists to listen to:

  • Joseph Alessi
  • Slide Hampton
  • Bill Watrous
  • Carol Jarvis
  • Arthur Pryor
  • Glenn Miller
  • Tommy Dorsey
  • J.J. Johnson
  • Melba Liston
  • Christian Lindberg