School Band and Orchestra Specialists

 Brass Family

The trombone is the only member of the brass family which makes use of a handslide rather than valves to change the length of the instrument. It has much the same tone quality as a trumpet, but its sound is even more full and broad. The trombone is an important member of both symphonic (band or orchestra) and jazz ensembles, and its medium-sized mouthpiece is an advantage for most beginners as well.

   Here is a checklist of typical items you will need to get ready to play! Each item already checked is included - at no charge - with your rental or purchase from Schmidt's Music. You may also want to check with your music teacher for any additional items he or she suggests:
  • slide oil
  • tuning slide grease
  • a mouthpiece brush
  • a flexible cleaning brush ("snake")
  • your band method book
  • a cleaning cloth
  • a polish cloth
  • a music stand

Some things to remember:

  1. Please keep your trombone in its case when not in use.
  2. Please do not let anyone else play your trombone.
  3. Before you play, lubricate the handslide by applying a small amount of handslide oil or cream to the farthest five inches or so of both tubes of the inner slide. Move the outer slide in and out several times to spread the lubrication evenly.
  4. As necessary, lubricate your tuning slide with tuning slide grease. Don’t forget to move your tuning slide in and out every day to keep it from sticking in place.
  5. Never “pop” your mouthpiece into the receiver with your hand. If it gets stuck, you will have to bring your instrument to the repair shop to have the mouthpiece safely removed.
  6. After you play, evacuate any collected moisture from inside the instrument by using the water key on the end of the handslide.
  7. Clean your mouthpiece regularly with your mouthpiece brush, and clean the handslide and tuning slide with your flexible cleaning brush (“snake” brush). Rinse well with warm water.
  8. Remember, practice is an essential part of playing an instrument. Give it your best, and you will be amazed how rapidly you progress!

If you have any questions or difficulties, please see your teacher right away!

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