Trombone 101

A full overview of how the trombone works

This eight-part video series is an overview of how the trombone works and how to make a gorgeous sound with it.

The course was designed for a general audience of trombone players — not just beginners, but intermediate players, too. We go very in-depth about the physics of the sound and intonation tendencies of the instrument.

After taking this course, you’ll understand how the overtone series relates to the positions of the trombone, and you’ll be well on your way to establishing a fuller, richer sound on the instrument.



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Total time: 34 minutes across 8 parts

· 1. Intro Free preview
· 2. The Overtone Series Part I
· 3. The Overtone Series Part II
· 4. Breathing and Buzzing
· 5. Making A Sound and Tone Quality
· 6. Tonguing and Natural Slurs
· 7. Reading Music, Musicality and Listening
· Overtone Series Reference

About Christopher Bill

Chris is an up-and-coming musician based outside of NYC. He’s been playing piano since he was 6 years old, trombone since he was 10, and he’s been composing/arranging since he was 12.

He has a Bachelor of Music for classical trombone performance from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music in New York. While at the conservatory, he studied with critically acclaimed trombonists Weston Sprott (Metropolitan Opera), Denson Paul-Pollard (Metropolitan Opera), John Fedchock (Grammy Nominated Jazz Trombonist) and the absolutely incomparable Timothy Albright.

Chris is best known for his all-trombone arrangements of popular songs. His YouTube channel has been gaining popularity since summer 2012, when he posted his version of Owl City's “Fireflies” for six trombones. More recently, a cover of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” — where Chris uses a looping station to compose the song on the spot — went viral in spring 2014. His videos have amassed over 10 million views and more than 85,000 subscribers. In April 2014, Chris independently released his first cover album, Breakthrough, followed by his Christmas album, Smiling’s My Favorite.

Since graduating from the Purchase Conservatory, Chris enjoys a busy schedule of performances, clinics and masterclasses. In addition to producing a new video every Saturday for YouTube channel, he often performs at festivals such as the American Trombone Workshop, Midwest Clinic, Texas Bandmasters Association, Con Brio Festivals, Conn-Selmer Institute and the International Trombone Festival.

About Soundslice

Soundslice is the ultimate learning and practice environment for music.

Our site gives you sheet music (and tablature) that’s synced with real audio/video recordings. That means you’ll be listening to real performances as you work through material — giving you insight into the human elements of music that couldn’t possibly be notated.

Use our simple-yet-powerful tools to explore music deeply. Slow down audio/video without changing pitch; loop sections simply by dragging across notation. It’s seamless and beautiful.

When you buy, you get instant access. Everything works in your web browser, with nothing to download or install. Works on tablets and smartphones, too.

Best of all, a majority of the proceeds goes directly to the instructor, not to a faceless corporation. Thanks for supporting musicians!