trombone info

History and Information

The trombone is the middle voice in the brass family of instruments. Its earliest form was known as the sackbutt, and originated in Belgium in the 1400s. There is an extensive repertoire for the trombone, including classical and jazz music.

When to Start

Students can start trombone lessons around age 8 or 9, depending on lung capacity and physical strength. The student also must be able to effectively maintain an embouchure, or mouth shape. Younger students may want to start on a smaller brass instrument such as the trumpet and then switch to trombone when they are able. Most instructors will also incorporate reading music into their lessons, so students should know at least some reading and counting fundamentals.

Getting a Trombone

There are many brands and models of trombone available for rent and purchase. For very young students, it is recommended to rent instruments for two reasons: 1) they will most likely grow out of instruments quickly and 2) they may lose interest (although we hope they don’t!). When you rent a trombone or buy a used one, we strongly advise that you buy a new mouthpiece. Most places that rent instruments will also provide repair services for their instruments. We can give you recommendations for places near you to buy or rent your trombone. Please contact us, and be sure to include your location!

Books and Supplies

Most rented trombones will come with items such as a case and cleaning implements. Your instructor can tell you which books and other supplies are appropriate. Most books and many supplies are available online. We can recommend stores near you where you can purchase supplies and music, if you prefer to do so in person. Please contact us, and again, remember to tell us where you live!

**Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We can help provide you with additional resources.**

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