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For the violin it is a combination of both muscle memory and micro-adjustments. The violinist is always adjusting as she plays. To the great virtuoso Jascha Heifetz is attributed the following quote: "I play as many wrong notes as anyone, but I fix them before most people can hear them."


Like the comments said, it's a combination of both. As a trombone player, we have the muscle memory to hit notes at what should be in tune, but what is in tune may also vary. You tune the notes based on what is in tune in context (surrounding ensemble/accompanist), the tuning will not always be A = 440, so you need to have the ability to hear tuning and ...


In a small venue such as a Hotel Lobby or restaurant you will probably not need to mic or amplify your trombone as it will be loud enough on it's own - unless you want or need to send the audio of your performance into a remote location to play through speakers such as inside the restrooms. But you will need something to play your backing tracks at a ...


It depends a lot on the size of the rooms, if you're going to play alone or with a band, and how much you're willing to spend. But I would start looking at small compact PA ("public address") systems like this one (this is just an example of the type of equipment, I'm not endorsing or recommending this, or any other specific brand or model) and take it from ...


Your teachers are not trying to catch you out, they are not trying to make you fail. They're trying to help you develop as a jazz player. In the jazz band you play trombone. So play trombone. This is about musical ideas, not about technique really, isn't it?

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