Horn Section Playing/Doubling Trombone

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Mamboman, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. kehaulani

    kehaulani Fortissimo User

    May 14, 2011
    Hawaian homey
    IMO, slide Bone. Not because of the effects described in the preceding post - although some well-placed slides can add to the funk - but because generally the sound cuts better. I've played in, and written for, bands that played classic soul, funk and horn-band stuff (Chicago, BS&T, etc.) and I have always used the conventional Bone in those contexts.

    Regarding handling "fast funk lines" not quite sure what you mean. Fast feeling (which can mean repeated notes and rhythms) or fast-moving melodic lines? The conventional Bone's not the most agile for fast linear playing until you put it in its upper register, where there are more possibilities for playing in fewer positions and also for using "false" positions. That means that you'll have to work more on the range, than if you might be doing if you stayed with a valve bone, particularly in a standard jazz context.
  2. bigtiny

    bigtiny Mezzo Forte User

    Aug 14, 2005
    I've recently begun doubling on valve trombone.
    I originally wanted to do slide trombone, but I
    just could not find the time to practice both enough
    to master the slide.

    I got a new King 3b. It's a peach.

  3. Mamboman

    Mamboman Pianissimo User

    Dec 28, 2011
    NSW Australia
    Hmmmmmmmm Valve bone does look fun... BUT SO IS THE SLIDE AHHH haha. But what i meant about the fast lines is that the valve bone does go faster on the funk lines etc.
  4. Branson

    Branson Piano User

    Jan 16, 2011
    Tell that to Bill Watrous!

    The slide trombone is a very forgiving instrument.

    On fast passages, you don't have to be exactly in the correct position to get it done.

    Also on the higher positions, you're only using the first three or four positions.

    The valve trombone player can not play as in tune as a good slide player.

    Learn to play the way it’s meant, I’m sure you’ll feel much better.

    For all the time that you have spent, you’ll play with far less fetter.
  5. kehaulani

    kehaulani Fortissimo User

    May 14, 2011
    Hawaian homey
    Wow. A Poet
    and we didn't Know it.

  6. Branson

    Branson Piano User

    Jan 16, 2011
    I'm waiting for Burma Shave to come back so I could write for road signs.

    Am I dating myself?
  7. bamajazzlady

    bamajazzlady Mezzo Forte User

    May 16, 2011
    Yes you are.
  8. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    Although I've now given up the slide T-bone, IMO it is the only instrument I know of that can produce a perfect slur or gliss. Some may prefer a 6 1/2 AL mouthpiece (as I do ) instead of a 12C, but both are common to the T-bone, baritone and euphonium.
  9. Sethoflagos

    Sethoflagos Utimate User

    Aug 7, 2013
    Lagos, Nigeria
    ....and if you want to stand out from the crowd

  10. rankamateur

    rankamateur Mezzo Forte User

    May 1, 2013
    Merry Ol' England
    Ah, that must be Dupac's 'alto' horn. Nice sound though!

    Seth, you have got way too much time on your hands! What on earth are you typing into search engines to find stuff like this?

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