Hi, I'm a flute player, but I want to take on trombone for marching band in 2-3 years and maybe jazz band (I'll still play flute for concert band). I recently got interested in trombone when one of my friends let me try hers during jazz band practice. It was AWESOME!!! My point is, I really want to take on trombone, but I'm not sure how to persuade my parents. I looked on ebay the other day and found a new Conn (student model) for 99 cents. Should I buy it? I'm not sure if it is a ripoff or not, but I'm pretty sure my parents will let me
thanks in advance.
To convince your parents, or really to test if you are certainly wanting to play the trombone, you should go to jazz concerts featuring the trombone, small jazz/brass ensemble concerts, basically any concert with trombone in it. Do some research, find the cost of the instrument, good makes, professionals, solos, and maybe some teachers around your area.
You want to know something I am a proficient trombone player or at least I like to think so but you know what I started on?!?!? Flute lol it's true!!
Tell your parents trombone is waaaayyyyyy cooler than flute not only is it easier to learn but it's the harder to master. Not only is it fun it will bring you years of enjoyment no matter how good you are at it, if you try your best you are the best there is.
Hey hope this isn't too late, funny seems a lot of people do this. I'm guessing that since you want to change from flute to trombone that you like to play the lower parts in songs more than the high ones. That's why I switched from Flute to Bass Clarinet, but the Bass Clarinet was too quiet to march with, so I was told I should play trombone. It is honestly a great instrument, but it takes a special person to really appreciate playing it. I personally hated it the whole first year I played it, But now I love it. I would say coming from flute that it would be actually harder to learn, but that's only because you know how to read treble cleft. If I had to give you any advice about learning to play it, that would be to make sure you know bass cleft well, and then work on learning the positions. Lip flexibility is also something to get good at as you'll need it to determine what note your going to play. Lastly about that trombone on Ebay, Conn is a great name, however when ordering from Ebay you cannot see the instrument before you receive it, this is important because the slide is fragile, and if it is in bad condition it can cost a lot of money to fix. I recommend renting one or buying one locally or from inside your family ( I know that sounds weird but that's how my friend found his ). Anyway best of luck learning a new instrument and have fun.