Saturday, January 16, 2016

Kid's First Instrument: A Brief History of the Trombone

Trombones are absolutely beautiful brass instruments. Many children will opt for guitars or flutes, but the trombone is a bass instrument vital to any musical composition. Many kids who choose the trombone are interested in making an impression and being seen. The trombone has been seen throughout history for hundreds of years, continuously receiving changes to its overall appearance and structure. It has stood the test of time and has earned its position as a fundamental instrument. 

Where the Trombone Came From 
In the year 1440, it is believed that the trombone made its first appearance. It was commonly referenced to as a "sackbut" just as it is today. The word "trombone" is actually the Italian translation of "sackbut". Trombones were widely used and very popular until their decline in the late 17th century, being used by city officials, royal parties, outdoor events, orchestras, and much more. Fine Italian music brought the trombone back into the spotlight during the 18th century, as Italian music swept the world with its influence.

How Trombones Are Made 
Trombones are made from fine brass, which must be melted and formed. Parts are molded from this melted metal, and are held to very particular specifications. If the parts of the trombone are not formed to these standards, the instrument will be of very poor quality. This means the trombone would be useless for anyone other than a beginner who is learning how to play; and could even be useless in this instance, as well. Once the pieces have been molded, a tube bending machine is used to give the outer and inner slides the perfect curves. After the instrument has been assembled and tested, it is cleaned, polished, and offered for sale.

Today's Use of the Trombone 
Seeing that the trombone is an incredibly popular instrument, there are several famous trombone players who have seen significant success. Al Grey, Albert Mangelsdorff, Andy Martin, and Annie Whitehead have all graced the trombone. Many aspiring middle school and high school students hope to become an influential musician with this classical instrument. From modern jazz to soothing contemporary, the trombone adds depth and character to any musical number.

A child who shows interest in the trombone must be prepared for an instrument that requires months and even years of practice. However, the beautiful music it produces will give the child a wonderful sense of pride in his or her musical talents as the years progress.

12 comments:

  1. Not sure I could ever deal with trying to play a trombone. Guess I'm too old for that lol

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  2. Not a popular instrument over here. Which is a shame.

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  3. I played the trombone in my high school band! I really enjoyed it a lot. :)

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  4. I wouldn't mind learning to play. Although I'd prefer piano and guitar.

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  5. I always thought the trombone was a neat instrument. My son will be homeschooled, but I am hoping to find some local music classes he can get into. I wouldn't mind him playing the trombone, or any instrument for that matter. I hear playing instruments can help to boost your ability to learn and retain information...

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  6. Ahh! I played the clarinet and flute in middle school and then just the clarinet in high school. Playing a musical instrument can be a lot of fun.

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  7. Kids don't normally choose this instrument but it's really nice. Thanks for sharing information about it!

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  8. I never played a musical instrument, but the trombone does sound like an interesting pick. Mariah is learning the guitar and Allison wants to learn that one as well.

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  9. I only know one person who played trombone. Drums was popular around here.

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  10. I grew up in a family of musicians. You are quite with those practice time. It takes few months or even a year to learn how to play it well. Afterwards, it's a continuous learning process. It never ends.

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  11. i dont know really much about this instruments but happy to learn new things everyday!

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  12. my next door neighbor is a trombone prof at our local university. thanks for the info.

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