If we are to say just the word “trombone,” we automatically think of the ubiquitous Tenor Trombone. In many ways, the Tenor Trombone is the simplest of all wind instruments. A standard Tenor has only a slide to change the pitch. It is unchanged except for bore size since the days of the Renaissance. Like other common instruments, there is little about the Tenor that I can expound upon.
The standard Tenor Trombone is pitched in B-flat, but it is not a transposing instrument. The fundamental pitch of the slide when it is in its closed position is a 9 foot B-flat harmonic series. Continue reading “Tenor Trombone”