when i used to play trombone as a kid, band directors would get mad about me using my fingers and the bell to determine 3rd and 4th position, but now i see trombonists do that CONSTANTLY and i wonder why the hate...
@archangelic i played trombone too. my sense is that early on they want to ensure the student is using their ear to tune the notes rather than (just) doing it by feel.
@d6 i was generally first or second chair in the years i played, but i was very young so i assume they were trying to instill "perfect" technique
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