FW: FW: [Dixielandjazz] Playing/owning...

Don jdrobertson at att.net
Mon Jun 5 09:33:04 PDT 2006

My grandson has a unique problem.  Due to heredity etc, his tongue was 
not developed/trained properly.  One of the side effects of the tongue 
problem what that he couldn't blow properly.  Unfortunately this 
resulted in his giving up the trombone after a year. This was discovered 
when he was being evaluated for orthodontia.  He was given special 
exercises which are supposed to shorten the period of orthodontia.    At 
the time no one knew what a difficult time he was having trying to play 
the trombone.  He still has the trombone, perhaps there is hope.

Don Robertson
Napa, CA

Jim Kashishian wrote:
> Ted (Cebuisle2 at aol.com) wrote to me privately about my comments on violin,
> trombone, and oboe as being particularly difficult instruments to learn.  He
> wrote:
> Yes, you are correct. Intonation presents a BIG problem on violin and
> trombone, and mastering the double reed (where you hold your breath in
> instead of out) a problem with oboe (and bassoon) .  But I once switched a
> kid from alto sax to trombone. The kid's orthodontist later said a full year
> was saved on the braces by the switch. The sax mouthpiece worked against the
> braces, the trombone mouthpiece worked with the braces. 
> That's quite funny to hear, as the reason that I am a honker today is due to
> my grandmother being concerned about my buck teeth.  Down to the music shop
> we went, and she enquired about the clarinet.  The salesman said that would
> have to opposite effect she was looking for, and that the trumpet or
> trombone would push on my teeth.  Therefore, I play trombone.
> The braces came on several years after I started to play, so I had to adapt
> to the new shape of my mouth first with the braces, then with the braces
> off.  No products in those days to protect the insides of your lips, so I
> had blood on my teeth when I played usually!  Anyway, thanks to my
> grandmother (for the visit to the music store), and my mother (for spending
> big bucks for braces), I am the handsome man I am today.  (Trombonists are
> normally humble people, but I will overlook that matter this time!)   
> It's funny when one brings up the "difficulty in learning which instrument"
> subject, people refuse to believe my statement above.  Perhaps because they
> think I'm adding a particular leaning to it as I happen to play the
> trombone.  Nevertheless, the fact there are no stopping points on the slide
> (intonation was mentioned by Ted), the staccatto, legato, slurring
> distinctions required of tongue & slide coordination that I earlier
> mentioned, require me to stick to my guns.  The trombone is a difficult
> instrument to learn & to stay on top of.
> Jim 
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