Document 175466

How to Care for Your Trombone (l)
tuning slide
slide lock
water key
Before You PIay
There is very little to assemble on a
trombone. All you have to do is place the
mouthpiece into the lead pipe. Do this with a
gentle twisting motion. Do not hit or pop the
mouthpiece into place. This can lead to a stuck
mouthpiece. When attaching the slide to the
bell section, make sure you don't move the
bell section too close to the slide. You need
room for your hand to move and to prevent
the bellfrom hitting the slide, which can result
in a dent. Always leave the slide locked when
you put your horn down or in the case!
Proper cleaning and lubrication of the
main slide is essential to the playing of the
trombone. Each time you play, clean the outer
slide using a cleaning rod wrapped in cheesecloth. Wipe off the inner slide and apply either
slide oil or slide cream to each of the tubes. lf
slide cream is used, use only a small amount.
Melt it between your fingers. Put it mostly on
the stockings (the bottom ends). Put the outer
slide on and work it in. Remove any excess.
Spray the slide with distilled water from a spray
bottle. Spray the slide often during your practice or rehearsal.
Tuning and Playing
To lower the pitch of the trombone, lengthen the instrument by pulling the tuning slide
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out. To raise the pitch, push the tuning slide in'
lndividual notes on the trombone can be
tuned using quick adiustments on the main
The moisture that accumulates inside the
trombone is not "spit." lt is condensation from
the player's breath-iust like the moisture from
a steaming kettle that condenses on windows'
When this moisture accumulates inside the
trombone, it makes it gurgle and has to be
released through thd water key or spit valve'
Open the water key and blow air (don't buzzl
into the instrument. Empty your spit valve onto
the floor, not on your chair or your neighbor's
lf your mouthpiece gets stuck while you
are playing, do not attempt to remove it yourself or have anyone yank it out for you' Forcibly removing a stuck mouthpiece can break
the braces on a trombone. Carry the trombone
to your teacher (it won't fit in your case) and
he or she will remove it with a tool made
specially for pulling mouthpieces. To prevent
stuck mouthpieces, always insert the mouthpiece gently, don't pop it during rehearsal, and
don't use too much pressure while you play'
After playinS, remove finger marks with a
soft cloth. This will remove perspiration which
can damage the lacquer and metal. Do not use
polish on lacquered instruments because it can
scratch the finish.
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Directions: Match each clue in the left column with the correct answer
right column. write the letter of the answer in the blank.
A. metal polish
A trombone works best when
You should never do this to your mouthpiece.
B. spray
Your slide needs this each time you play'
C. clean
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D. snake
Never eat this before You PlaY'
E. candy
Clean your mouthpiece this often'
These should be removed with a soft cloth after you
F' once a month
This can scratch the finish of your trombone.
C. oil or cream
You should bathe your trombone this often.
H. finger marks
A flexible brush used
l. anhydrous
to clean the tubes of a trombone'
Bathe the trombone in this.
.f. water keY
To remove liquid from the trombone, open the
and blow air through it.
K. soapy water
L. remove
lf your mouthpiece gets stuck, do not attempt to
M. once a week
You can Srease the tuning slide with this'
You should
water from a squirt bottle.
the slide often with distilled
O. expensive
Always remember that your trombone is an
musical instrument and handle it with care'
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How to Care for Your Musical Instrument