History of Brass Part #1 – The Saxophone

The trombone was first mentioned in the 15th Century, but it wasn’t used in the orchestra until Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in the early 19th Century. The trombone’s ancestor was called a sackbut from the French words sacquer and bouter, meaning to ‘pull’ and ‘push.’

Instead of valves, the trombone has a slide with seven different positions allowing the player to change pitch. The trombone comes in three sizes: alto, tenor, and bass, with tenor being the most popular. The tenor trombone is a non-transposing instrument, meaning that the written note it plays is the note that is heard. The range of the tenor trombone is this:

The trombone has nine feet of cylindrical tubing. The trumpet and the trombone both use different kinds ofmutes, which are stuck in the bell of the instrument to change their sound. The most recognizable example of a muted trombone is the sound used for the voice of Charlie Brown’s teacher in the Peanuts cartoons.

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