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Help on a Trombone Part

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I arranged City of Stars to be played with a trumpet, piano, and trombone. The trombone that it was designed for is relatively new at the instrument so I wanted the trombone part to be pretty easy. If you could look at the trombone part and give feedback on both the skill level needed to play it and how that part works with the rest of the song that would be great. Thanks!

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Tips for Transcribing/Engraving/Arranging

First things first, transcribing is the arranging a piece of music for a different instrument or voice. Music engraving is the art of drawing music notation at a high quality for the purpose of mechanical reproduction (music copying at a higher degree of skill and quality). Arranging is the adaptation of a composition for performance with instruments or voices other that those originally specified. Here are a couple of tips for those who want to become a better arranger/transcriber/engraver. 
1. Figure out what you want to arrange: Always brainstorm your ideas before you start arranging. A good strategy that I use is writing down/typing my ideas on a document. Then, listen to the song you want to arrange. This gives you an idea on how you want to format your arrangement
2. Get to know your transcribing software: After downloading your software, learn how to use it. There are many tutorials on Youtube and there's the online handbook. A good tip: don't be afraid of your computer keyboard. It's actually a huge advantage. 
3. Give credit to the original composer: You should never take someone else's music and call it your own. It's wrong and illegal. Always follow the copyright laws. That doesn't mean you can't use the music. It means you can still use another person's music while keeping all of your rights reserved. Just give that person credit.
4. Don't be afraid of UWI's: What is a UWI?? It stands for Unidentified Weird Instruments. If you don't know what the instrument is, look it up or ask your music teacher. Weird instruments like the ocarina, the kazoo, and many others actually enhance your arrangement and make it sound unique.
5. Never doubt your abilities: Always have self confidence. When you doubt yourself, you're actually hindering your abilities. The way to gain self confidence is to practice. 
I started transcribing almost two years ago. I hope these tips are helpful and I wish you good luck as you pursue this art.