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Bass trombone questions    15:19 on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

trombone24
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I am a senior in high school and am going to college next year and was wanting to switch from tenor tbone to bass tbone. i've heard that its easy to play and wanted to get some other opinions from ppl that has played it before. any help or comments would be appreciated. thanks.

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Re: Bass trombone questions    21:12 on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Steve
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In some respects it's the same, in other respects it is certainly not. You'll have to get used to a bigger mouthpiece, more weight, and you'll have to move even more air. It will take a while to get the lows really speaking well and in tune. You'll have to learn to listen for when your role changes. Sometimes you're part of the tuba section, other times you're a third or fourth trombone. I have to raise an eyebrow when someone says bass trombone is easy. I hear plenty of bass bone players who are out of tune, have a horrible sound, etc. It's rare to hear one who really understands the role, and does it with a great sound and great intonation. To do that takes a lot of work.

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Re: Bass trombone questions    21:38 on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

trombone24
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thank you for the tips. i can really use them. i am borrowing one over the summer from the college that i'm going to so i can practice on it. i am even contemplating using it for marching band but i'm not sure yet. i am most definately going to try out on it for concert band and maybe jazz band if i have the time. lol. i'm trying to get my bachelors degree in music education so i'm not sure how much time i will have. but thanks again.

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Re: Bass trombone questions    21:40 on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

trombone24
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i almost forgot. the ppl i have talked to have said its easy once you start getting the hang of it. i know for sure i'm going to have to work on using more air and learning to use the 2nd trigger. wat size m/p does a bass tbone take?

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Re: Bass trombone questions    23:31 on Sunday, July 04, 2010 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

mad_cow
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i would sugjest getting The New Method for the Bass Trombone by Eliezer Aharoni. its a big fat expencive book. but it's amazing. it's for all levels of players. and it will help you learn proper triger technique and learning how to play notes with the trigger in tune. on top of that it will give you more exersizes then you can imagine(great for sight reading)that will also help you develope your extreme low register. i've recently switched to bass full time myself. bass tbone is even more fun in jazz

   

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