Category Archives: Trombone Maintenance

“Captain Obvious:” How Water Keys Work

Allow me to interrupt your holiday recuperations or Black Friday shopping for just a moment to address a pet peeve of mine. I titled this little piece “Captain Obvious,” but given the prevalence of this misunderstanding among my students and … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Euphonium Maintenance, Music, Performing, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Trombone Cleaning, Trombone Maintenance, Tuba, Tuba Maintenance, Water Key

A Short Guide to Maintaining Rotary Valves (and Other, Related Valves)

Low brass players and teachers know well the sound of noisy, poorly-maintained rotary valves. That annoying “clackety-clack” has been a blemish on many tuba and trombone ensemble concerts, to say nothing of the propensity of poorly-maintained valves to “freeze” at … Continue reading

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A Short Guide to Trombone Slide Cleaning and Maintenance

The internet is a notoriously fickle and unpredictable medium for disseminating information. On the one hand, sometimes a forgotten page or file can, if not removed by its author or owner, remain available indefinitely. One of my simple pleasures in … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Low Brass Resources, Music, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Trombone Cleaning, Trombone Lubricants, Trombone Maintenance, Yamaha Trombone Slide Oil