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Your chops have a pain response for a reason! You can trust them--if you feel yourself nearing a threshold of pain, then stop immediately and wait until tomorrow, but chances are you'll be fatigued long before that happens. Just take it slow, use quiet, easy warmups to start, and trust your judgement as a brass player. Track out the time you put into ...


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Tuning I'm assuming that what you mean by position chart is just a letter name to position number reference. That's not going to be enough—when you open a valve on the trombone, all of the positions get larger: you can only fit 6 positions on the slide with the F valve down, and only five with both F and D. I'm going to provide you with the following chart, ...


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A larger bore bass trombone will let you put more air through the horn in a manner that will let you more efficiently produce low register notes. (Lots of slow air). In my experience, this certainly helps, but will not magically solve all problems. It may even introduce a few of its own, especially if you're playing it for a long period of time, without ...


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Use a shallower mouthpiece. On any brass instrument, a shallower cup on the mouthpiece will allow the player more range (it's easier to switch partials; I'm actually not sure why, but I think it has to do with adding backpressure), but the tradeoff is a "blattier" sound; less mellow, harder to blend in with a large group (because that backpressure makes it ...


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To give a similar yet alternative answer to NReilingh's, I'll refer to Denis Wick (of the London Symphony Orchestra), who suggests that all players of all abilities should take a three-week long holiday/vacation away from the horn every year or so. When "playing in" again he gives a relatively detailed procedure of how long your should practice each day: ...


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I recently started playing trombone again after 9 years or so. I think one of the most important things is to be playing with others. You can only do so much when practicing by yourself, and you don't want to wait until you're good enough to play in groups at your former skill level. I had stopped playing during college to focus on my other studies. ...



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