Trombones have changed very little since their conception unlike most other instruments, although they were originally called sackbuts. What sets trombones apart from other brass instruments is their ability to slide smoothly from one note to another. This effect is called a glissando. Listen out for it in Bartok’s Concerto for Orchesta. Much use has been made of the glissando for comic effect in pieces like “The Acrobat” by J.A. Greenwood.

Interesting fact. The French for paper clip is trombone. True. So the French for trombone is paper clip? Actually the French for trombone is…..trombone.

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