Posted by Marty Neilan on April 29, 2002 at 21:35:40:
In Reply to: taking up trombone posted by Elliot on April 29, 2002 at 08:07:41:
If you want to do trombone or bass trombone, get a trombone teacher!
Years ago I tried to play bass trombone and thought I did a halfway job at it. I have just gotten back into bass trombone and am taking regular lessons with a trombone teacher at my school, along with sporadic coaching from a excellent bass bone playing friend of mine. You need to approach the instrument like a trombone, not a slide tuba; trust me it is very different. I now realize just how bad I was at it before, and how hard an instrument it really is to master. Fortunately, I am receiving sound guidance and am very slowly progressing in the right direction. In the meantime, Rochut down an octave is kicking my butt daily on the bass trombone.
Marty 'Tubists are not automatically bass trombonists' Neilan
P.S. I think the bass trombone is actually making me a better tubist.