Trombone – Producing a Sound and Changing Notes

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional trombonist Harry Watters demonstrates how to produce a sound and change notes.

    Hi, I am Harry Watters and we are continuing on. Now, that we have the trombone slide cleaned and lubricated, we are going to talk about producing a sound on the trombone. First of all, I encourage all beginning trombonists to learn how to buzz on their mouthpiece with their lips. I know, I know, it sounds kind of like a duck, but it is going to sound a lot better once we put this into the trombone. Again, so buzz on that mouthpiece, insert the mouthpiece into the trombone and think straight columns of air. I am going to play a concert B flat.

    Next, we are going to talk about changing notes on a trombone. I am going to go up by tightening my lips and then I am going to go back down by loosening my mouth.

    Next, we are going to talk about changing notes on a trombone by moving the slide but before we do that I need to talk to you about the positions on a trombone. There are seven positions on a Tenor trombone. One, two, three, four which is down by the bell, five, six, seven and for most beginners that s as far as they can move their arms. Believe me, it s a long stretch. So, what I am going to do is play an F-major scale by changing the positions on the trombone and also by adjusting, by tightening and loosening my lips. You will hear it in just a second.

    On the next segment, we are going to talk about playing louder and softer on a trombone.