Trombone Champ is your new favorite video game

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trombone champion arrived with a blast and the game will never be the same again. My inner trombonist rejoices.

You see, I started playing the trombone in sixth grade when I was 12. Truth be told, my first choice of musical instrument was the tenor saxophone, but since every sixth grader chooses either the sax or the trumpet, the band leaders have to make some students choose their second choice. Mine was trombone, so I became a trombonist. And I stuck to it, to my advantage. As a junior in high school, I received a scholarship for Berklee College of Music’s five-week summer program. And Northeastern paid half my freshman tuition to play trombone in their jazz band, concert band, and cheer band. The paperclip has served me well over the years.

So you can imagine my excitement when Trombone Champ popped up on my radar recently. Truly, this is an idea whose time has long since come. As described on their website:

Trombone Champ is the world’s first trombone-based rhythm music game. Unlike most music games, you can freely play any note at any time. You don’t just follow the music, you actually play the music!

To simplify: Trombone Champ is basically Guitar Hero, but with a trombone instead of a guitar, and it’s more musical. Which is cool, because you can fart with a paperclip. You need a pedal to do that with a guitar.

Trombone Champion: Let’s Play

The beauty of the game lies in its incredibly funny side. As a trombonist, I’m here to tell you that the trombone is not just the dumbest brass instrument, but the dumbest of all instruments. Few things are more fun than playing with a paperclip. I watched the PC Gamer clip below about half a dozen times and nearly died laughing. Take a look and download Trombone Champ here.

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