Trombones for Beginners

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Trombones for Beginners
Novice players should focus on learning proper trombone techniques. (Darrin Klimek/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Learning to play the trombone requires practice and patience. For beginners, successful lesson plans include the steps of learning how to blow into the mouthpiece, putting the trombone together, learning how to play to, te, ti and finally, learning positions and tonguing.

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Blowing into the Mouthpiece

Before blowing into a trombone's mouthpiece, practice the necessary technique. Take a deep breath and close your mouth lightly. Keep your lips together and blow the air out. Be sure to not puff your cheeks out. Practice with the mouthpiece by placing it to the middle of your lips. Take a deep breath and blow the air out of the mouthpiece. When using the mouthpiece, if your lips vibrate and you hear a honking sound, you are doing it correctly.

Putting the Trombone Together

Hold the bell of your trombone in your left hand and the slide in your right. Slide both pieces together and ensure the bell lock shuts tight. Twist the mouthpiece in; make sure you do not force it into the trombone.

Learning to Play To, Te, Ti

An important lesson for beginning trombone players to learn is that the instrument's sound can be changed simply by altering how hard you blow into the mouthpiece. By making the sounds to, te, ti into the mouthpiece and increasing the air pressure, the notes will range from low, middle to high.

Learning Positions and Tonguing

Before practicing music, trombonists must know the proper positions and tonguing methods. Here are some notes and slide positions to practice; Ti - 1, La - 2, Sol - 4, Fa - 1, Mi - 3, Re - 4, Do - 6, Ti - 1. The most common scale for trombone practice is the B-flat major scale.

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