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As you play, you will become familiar with a number of
notes that can be made with the slide in different positions.
Thus, the F made with the slide at the first position (Fig. 93)
can be duplicated with the slide at the sixth position. The
higher A made with the slide at the second position can also
be produced when the slide is at the sixth position, and so on.
As you go along, you will learn to play the note that is nearest
and most convenient to reach, whenever you have a choice of
Your trombone needs different care from that required by
other instruments because of the nature of its mechanism. You
should clean the slide every so often with kerosene or gasoline
and then put a few drops of oil on it so it will slide easily. It
is best to use oil specially made for the trombone, which you
can get at music stores. Once a week you should clean the in-
side parts by running lukewarm soap suds through the tubes,
and then rinsing with clear warm water.