- Who can play the trombone? Is there a recommended age, or can size or teeth be an issue?
- If it is not suitable for everyone, what alternative instrument would you recommend and why?
- What qualities of the trombone are special?
- Learning to play any instrument develops lots of new skills. What are the particular benefits of playing the trombone?
- How are trombones similar/different to other brass instruments?
- Are there any famous musicians or pieces associated with the trombone?
Ideally you need your second teeth! The trombone can be played by anyone, though younger children can struggle to reach the 6th and 7th positions. Most children in year 4 or 5 would be able to reach.
Having a slide makes the trombone unique. If arm length is an issue, try one of the other brass instruments that has valves.
The trombone makes a great sound. It can provide real power when required and is able to glissando (slide) seamlessly between notes.
Playing the trombone is:
Good for breathing and posture especially for those who suffer from asthma.
You can join lots of groups.
Playing encourages independent learning as well as working as part of a team.
The trombone has been developed from the sackbut - you can actually see the length of the tube change when you play in different slide positions. Trombonists are renowned for having a great sense of humour!
The trombone is used in bands, jazz groups and orchestras all over the world. It features in many styles of music - famous players include Christian Lindberg and Rico Rodriguez.