A trombone is one of the deepest and the most powerful musical instruments which is used to create symphony, or in a marching band brass, ensemble, concert bands, and is widely enjoyed by the Jazz music lovers. It is not easy to play the instrument especially when it comes to play the piccolo trombone. They are extremely rare to find and are pitched in high e flat and b flat respectively. Only an expert trombone player can play the piccolo trombone as it is difficult to catch the notes without practice.
Playing The Trombone
Blow through the mouthpiece of the trombone attached to the body. Make an “O” shape from your lips and press them firmly against the mouthpiece. Deeply inhale and blow through the mouthpiece to make a sound. Make sure that the sides of your lips are tightly sealed and the center is loose for blowing. Do not puff your cheeks while blowing or you’ll be out of breath very quickly and the musical notes will be spluttered and scattered.
Tighten your lips to make the “tee” notes. Faster lip vibration creates higher pitch sounds. Pull back the corner of your mouth to tighten the lips to play higher notes. Your jaws should naturally raise to blow air in a downward motion. And the final sound should be tee. Stay relaxed to play better.
Play the “tay” sound by loosening your lips. Slow lip vibrations create a low pitch sound. Loosening the lips and dropping your jaws can create this sound. However, the air that you’re blowing should e fast and steady to create a stable sound. You need to exhale more air in order to create better quality of sound.
Blow harder to create a louder sound. Drop you jaws and lips to achieve a more open, rounder and brassier.
The above 4 steps are pointless without learning proper positions of playing. Her are seven positions that create different pitches and sounds. The first is right on the corner near the mouthpiece, where the second is a little after the first and third is right at the inner corner of the bell. The fort is right after the bell and the fifth, sixth and seventh right after the other. However, the positions might vary depending on the type of trombone you’re playing.
Practice makes it perfect. You can also practice by watching different tutorials on how to play a piccolo trombone. Practice it daily to become better!