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First Time Trombone Players
By Alex Beamer
8/4/2017 10:51:00 AM

First Time Trombone Players

Congratulations on choosing to play the trombone. Whether you are new to playing music, new to the trombone, or a parent of a new music student, you will want to know these basics soon after receiving your instrument.

Parts of the Trombone

Below is a diagram of the trombone. Click on the image to enlarge it.

trombone diagram

Assembling Your Instrument...CAREFULLY!

Even though it’s made of metal, your trombone is delicate and should be handled with care. Follow these instructions or the instructions given to you by your music director to prevent damaging the instrument.

1. Place on a flat surface and open right side up.
2. Open the latches and carefully open the case.
3. Make sure the slide is locked.
4. Carefully hold the bell-half of the trombone with your left hand and the slide-half with your right.
5. Position the slide at a 90-degree angle in the slide receiver and tighten the bell lock, being careful not to over tighten.
6. Pull the tuning slide out about an inch.
7. Carefully place the mouthpiece in the mouth receiver and tighten. Again, do not over tighten.

Putting It All Away

1. Remove the mouthpiece by gently twisting it to the left and place it in the mouthpiece holder in your case.
2. If your mouthpiece gets stuck, seek help from your teacher or from West Music’s repair team. We have a special tool to remove a stuck mouthpiece that will not damage the instrument.
3. Press the water keys and gently blow air through the mouthpiece receiver to remove excess condensation.
4. Wipe off the outside with a soft cloth.
5. Carefully place the instrument in the case and close all the latches.
6. Store only your instrument and its accessories in the case. Sheet music, folders, and other objects may bend the keys and damage the instrument.

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Have questions? Need advice? West Music is here for you! Give our school band experts a call at 800-373-2000. 

Adapted with permission from Alfred Music's Sound Innovations for Concert Band 1: Trombone.

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