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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 TROMBONE What Is a Trombone? A trombone is a brass wind instrument. It is made of a cylindrical body, a cup shapedmouthpiece, and a sliding mechanism used to changethe pitch of the instrument.It is favored in church musicbut is also used in jazz andmilitary bands. History of the Trombone The word trombone comes from the old french word "saqueboute" meaning pull-push.Most trombones at first were tenor and bassplus sometimes alto. In the 18th century,there were soprano trombones, but they arerare in modern days. Over the last 200 years,the only change made to the trombone has beena wider bell to create a clearer sound. In the 1820sthe trombone was firmly placed in the brassfamily of instruments. The Baroque trombonealso emerged, which had a narrow bore and conicalbell as well as a Buccin trombone, which wasmade in 19th century Belgium and an upturnedbell with a serpent's head at the end of it. Someexamples of trombones being used are Mozart'sDon Giovanni and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Sound of Trombone Trumpets reach given pitches when the player of the trombone slides the mechanism back and forth. Because the sound is made by the vibration of the trombone player's lips, the more skill in vibration, the greater range in pitch the trombone has. While in the subcategory of a trumpet, the mouthpiece is two times as deep as a trumpet, which means a larger range in sound. In orchestral music, the most common trombone used is a bass trombone in the key of C. Trombones can range from a soft and mellow whispery sound to a large clear sound depending on how the vibration of the player's lips differs. Bonus Fact! The trombone can reach all the notes on the chromatic scale because of it's sliding mechanism.
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