1. Good working trombone, trumpet, French horn, baritone
2. Slide cream and water spay bottle, valve or rotor oil
3. Mouthpiece brush
4. Cleaning rod and snake
5. Music Stand
6. Method Book
Maintenance and Care
1. Thoroughly blow out moisture collected while playing before putting away.
2. Lightly lubricate slides for each time it is played.
3. Give instrument a bath in warm water once a month.
ASSEMBLING THE TROMBONE
1. Take slide out of case with right hand and place it perpendicular to the floor (make sure slide is locked).
2. Take bell section in left hand and gently connect it to the slide (do not tighten nut yet).
3. Adjust the bell so it leaves a 1”-1 ½” gap between it and the middle of the slide---now tighten connecting nut
4. Insert the mouthpiece gently into the instrument and give it a quarter turn. Never “pop” the mouthpiece while it is in the instrument.
ASSEMBLING THE TRUMPET/FRENCH HORN
1. Insert the mouthpiece gently into the instrument and give it a quarter turn. NEVER “pop” the mouthpiece while the mouthpiece is in the instrument.
2. Check to make sure that the valves are inserted correctly in the trumpet after oiling or it will not play.
SETTING UP TO PLAY
1. Posture: Sit on the front half of the chair, feet flat on the floor, and upper body erect.
2. Breathing: INHALE so that you expand your beltline in your front, back and sides (think PEAR SHAPE when full). EXHALE by using your tummy to drive out a fast air column.
3. Embouchure (facial muscles): Slightly curl the lower lip slightly over lower teeth, point chin muscles down creating a flat, firm, lower lip. Set corners of the mouth (don’t “smile” back) and let upper lip contact lower lip. When air is pushed through the lips, a buzz should occur. Do NOT allow cheeks or lips to puff out.
1. Practice 4 to 5 times a week for 20 to 25 quality minutes.
2. Find a private spot in the house-free from distractions.
3. Find a consistent time for practice.
4. Use a music stand and a good firm chair.
5. During the day, to increase the chances of practice probability, your instrument can remain out of the case. Put your instrument in a safe place after practice--out of harm's reach. Never let little brothers and sisters or friends play the instrument.