A Conversation for Taking up a Musical Instrument
As a trombone player of 8 years I’ve found the following tips helpful. When starting out, rent a trombone rather than buy one. Then if you give up, it’s not such a pain, and if you carry oakley outlet on, you can buy one later. During the first couple of years, stick to buying a se oakley outlet cond hand trombone. These things can be quite expensive, but a second hand student model cost me 150, as opposed to 400 or more for a brand new one! If you’re under school leaving age (in the UK), get your county music service to find you a teacher. If you are at school, you probably already know wh oakley outlet o is your local Brass teacher. Don’t splash out on mutes and other expensive equipment until you start playing in groups that don’t have the words “Beginner” or “Intermediate” in the name. Don’t buy a gig bag unless you are 100% sure you can keep it safe. A hard case is heavier, but miles stronger. Most insurance for instruments won’t cover it if it is in a gig bag, even if you insure it seperatly. I have mine insured with a specialist musical instrument insurers, and even they won’t insure it in a Gig bag.
As a trombone player of almost 8 years (I’ve been playing nearly as long as Lifson) and a former brace wearer I have to say that it is possible to play the trombone (or any brass instrument) with a brace. Admittedly, it can be a bit more difficult, and occasionally painful, but like with learning any instrument if you stick at it, it gets easier. There are also mouth guards available (a sort of miniature version of the thing that boxers wear) which, in addition to being extremely trendy and attractive, stops the brace from cutting your mouth whilst playing an instrument. There is also apparently a sort of wax that you can put on the brace for the same purpose. Another piece of advice: Even if you are planning on teaching yourself to play an instrument (such as a guitar I don’t recommend teaching yourself a brass instrument: at least learn the basics first), learn some basic maintenance of the instrument before you buy take advice from someone who knows what they’re talking about. Instruments can be expensive to buy, and if you aren’t able to clean or repair the instrument properly, they can lose t oakley outlet heir value and playability very quickly. That’s pretty much all I can think of for now. Can’t believe me and Lifson both came to the same place with the same intention, but oh well. Madmaz