Cone shaped object (metal or wood) with three pieces of cork to hold it in the bell of the trombone.
Notated: mute (It. con sordina Germ. mit Dämpfer Fr. avec sourdine).
Note: Be sure to instruct the player to remove the mute when no longer required.
Straight mute (metal):
Straight mute (wood):
Bucket-shaped mute filled with cloth which clips over the bell of the trombone.
Note: Be sure to instruct the player to remove the mute when no longer required. Allow lots of time to attach a bucket mute!
Metal mute wrapped in cork and inserted into bell of trombone.
The mute has a stem which is normally fully inserted, but
may be pulled out or removed entirely. A 'waa-waa' effect
may also be achieved by using the hand to cover and uncover
the stem opening.
- stem out
- remove stem
- waa-waa (+ = shut, o = open).
Note: It is best to clarify what you mean by 'stem out' with a note in the score. As with all mutes, allow time for inserting and removing, and indicate when the player is required to remove the mute at the end of a muted passage. The harmon mute makes a quiet sound!
Whispa, or Practice
The Orchestra: A User's Manual is a free resource and will remain so. It still receives between 8,000 and 16,000 unique visits per month from all over the world. See the testimonials. Thanks to all the donations, I have been able to create this responsive re-design. But the movies and sound clips recorded in 2004 do show their age. I would really like to re-record everything and add many more techniques, especially for solo and ensemble writing. I estimate this will cost around £30,000. If you know a source of such funds, please contact me: a.hugill [at] bathspa.ac.uk