Learning to play the trombone requires the mastery of a number of skills not common to other wind instruments. In fact, the concepts necessary for performing on trombone in a characteristic manner can rarely be achieved without having heard and watched trombone performers in a live situation. Sitting next to and playing along with a good trombonist is absolutely essential to playing the instrument really well. For these and other reasons, try to study privately with a trombone teacher. Try to find someone who can demonstrate trombone concepts in your lesson. For many who live a great distance from a trombone teacher, an arrangement for once-a-month or every-six-weeks lesson may be possible. If this arrangement still is not possible, study with a teacher who emphasizes fundamentals and take private lessons at one or more music camps during the summer.