The 8 best things about playing the trombone
14 October 2015, 10:52 | Updated: 6 January 2017, 14:45
What do you call someone who knows how to play the trombone but doesn’t? A complete fool is what. Here are just some of the reasons that playing the 'bone is the absolute best.
1 Not to be all smug and everything, but we have a SLIDER.
A SLIDER, we tell you. None of this bow or keys nonsense. A slider is easily the coolest way to play notes. And also makes for great GoPro footage.
2 It doubles as a flamethrower
And there's plenty more of that here…
Brass players love Wagner. He really appreciated our skills. Take pretty much any section of his epic four-part Ring cycle and it’s all:
Want to know what we're talking about? Watch this pretty mean performance by Simon Rattle and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment here)
4 While we’re on the subject of composers…
Can we take a moment to appreciate the full-on sexiness of this moment from Ravel’s Bolero.
Just listen to that super-hot trombone action at 10.40 (or, y'know, you can listen to the whole thing).
5 Playing a trombone while on a Vespa
How do you make riding a Vespa even cooler? Do it while using a trombone to provide sound-effects. Obvi.
6 Playing a trombone while skiing
How do you combine your love of alpine descents with your enthusiasm for Bruckner? This lad shows the way…
7 Cows love a trombonist
Seriously. We’re like the musical version of the horse whisperer. Except with cows.
8 And finally… sneezes
Because which other instrument can provide quite as much hilarity?