Tenor Trombone

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The tenor trombone is a brass instrument that is the most commonly found instrument in the trombone family. This aerophone is distinctive for its sliding mechanism that is used to alter the pitch of the instrument. It has been a staple of popular music recordings and classical music compositions for centuries.
History of the Tenor Trombone
The inventor of the tenor trombone is unknown but it is thought to have been developed from ancestral brass instruments like the slide trumpet that shared the trombone's unique sliding mechanism to change the instrument’s pitch. These trumpets were frequently used in the 13th to 15th century to mark celebratory occasions amongst the nobility of German-speaking territories. During the renaissance era, an instrument called a sackbut lengthened the tubing of the slide trumpet and folded it in a recognisable fashion to today’s tenor trombone. Before the 18th century, the tenor trombone was used for religious services to create sounds that signified power and magnificence. Ludwig van Beethoven popularised the use of a trombone in his fifth symphony and the instrument soon became an essential fixture of compositions by classical music composers. As popular recorded music became increasingly prevalent in the 20th century, the already established tenor trombone soon found new uses in genres such as jazz, swing, blues, ska and brass band music.
Inventor: Unknown

Where to Buy

£170 - £900

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How to Play

A brass instrument played by blowing air into the mouthpiece and moving the slide to change the pitch of the sound produced.

In Popular Music

As the most common type of trombone, the tenor trombone has been played in thousands of popular music songs including 'Uptown Funk' by Mark Ronson (Feat Bruno Mars), 'September' by Earth, Wind and Fire and 'Come on Eileen' by Dexys Midnight Runners.

Famous Players

Joseph Alessi, Christian Lindberg, J.J. Johnson

Close Relations

Bass Trombone, Alto Trombone
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Understanding the Tenor Trombone




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