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The trombone is the only instrument in the brass family that uses a slide instead of valves to change pitch. A standard trombone is made of long thin brass pipes. Two U-shaped pipes are linked at opposite ends to form an "S." One pipe slides into the other so the total length of the pipe can be extended or shortened.

You play the trombone by holding it horizontally, buzzing into the mouthpiece, and using your right hand to change pitch by pushing or pulling the slide to one of seven different positions. If you stretch the trombone out straight, it is about 9 feet long.

A person who plays the trombone is called a trombonist or trombone player. Students who play the trombone should have a good ear and be able to sing in tune. Students who have an ability to match pitches will know when the slide is slightly too far in or out. But other than that, it?s a relatively easy instrument to start with. Taking care of a trombone is slightly more difficult than the other brass instruments. The slide of a trombone is very delicate. If the slide is dented or bent at all, it becomes an unplayable instrument. The trombone is stored in the case in just two pieces.

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