does anyone else not use the pinky ring for the right hand?

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  1. R.A.S.

    R.A.S. Pianissimo User

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    I had mine (pinky ring) taken off, since I had an injury to my right hand when I was young. I lack the dexterity to keep my pinky in there and operated the valves.
    ...but playing with a plunger mute is a real challenge!
     
  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    I always use mine.
    I think the issue is position of your arm and hand respective to the trumpet. There are some angles that make using the hook more difficult. These angles aren't necessarily bad for your playing - only for using the hook! I have had some students with some pretty strange right hand positions however, after fixing the problem, the hook worked OK.
     
  3. Alex Yates

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    I rest my pinky on top of the hook most of the time. I use the hook when doing mute changes and other tasks, but mostly my pinky is out.
     
  4. Jon Kratzer

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    I generally rest mine on top of the ring or even above it. I found when playing passages that require great dexterity that not having my pinky in the ring helped greatly. This happened by accident actually, when my ring broke off of my Cornet when I was in 8th grade. It's been the same since then. I do, however, use it during the usual multitasks such as mutes, etc.

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  5. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

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    In defense of us guys whose teachers did not tell them the pinky hook is just for decoration....

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    I guess I was just taught the wrong way!

    Trumpet 520...None of my teachers EVER said to not use it.

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  6. Skip

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    Hey, if God didn't want us to use that ring/hook...., he/she would never have put it there in the first place. :-)P

    Yeah, that's the ticket.
     
  7. wiseone2

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    Where do I get those Air Buds that guy is wearing?
    Wilmer
     
  8. Jon Kratzer

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    solar,

    No one ever said you were wrong, well at least I didn't. Just sharing how I play personally. Everyone is different. Can't just leave it at that.
     
  9. Martin Williams

    Martin Williams Mezzo Piano User

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    Im guilty of being hypocrytical about it. When Im with a Student, I'm always trying to keep them out of it and using less pressure, and playing without the pinky hook myself.

    Other times, I'll play with it about 60% of the time or more, without even thinking it.
     
  10. Gogs

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    I always use the ring!!! I never used to at first, and it was quite uncomfortable when I first started using it, my hand was often painful after I had practiced.But somehow I resumed using it, and now my fingering(excuse the pun) technique has improved TREMENDOUSLY!!!
     

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