So, you’ve decided you want to learn how to play a brass instrument and you’ve narrowed it down to the horn or the trombone. Cool! But what are the most important differences between these two – and which one is a perfect match for you? We’ll tell you the most important characteristics of these two brass mates!
The trombone doesn’t have valves or pistons, but it does have a slide. The further you extend this slide, the lower the note will sound. This is why the trombone generally has a lower ring than a trumpet or a horn. The slide also provides something unique, something other brass instruments can’t obtain: when you’re playing the trombone, you can pull the slide in and out. This movement causes the so-called glissando, which means that the trombone ‘slides’ from one note to another without any interruption. So, when you want to be the odd on out in the group that brings something to the table nobody else can… You should definitely consider the trombone!
The horn does have valves, which are pressed down with the left hand. It’s an instrument that’s known for its unique and romantic sound: when you play the horn as it should, you’ll provide your audience with a gorgeous, warm and brilliant piece of music. This characteristic sound is obtained by the long sound tube. Although the horn is quite often considered to be one of the hardest (brass) instruments to learn, it’s so worth it! The horn usually brings the band together and makes the music feels full and complete. So, when you want to be the person that makes the entire band sound better… The horn is definitely your go-to instrument!
What do you prefer?