I'm reading Jeanne Pocius' Trumpeting by Nature and it's excellent. One of the things it talks about is hand position. I have NEVER been told anything specific about hand position before and it is truly shocking to me that I've been doing it wrong all this time. I bet lots of people are!! So do you guys all concur with her advice? Basically the left hand is not right up against the valve casings, but the horn is balanced on the thumb on one side of the casing and the first two fingers on the other side, with a big gap between the palm of the hand and the valve casing. The third and fourth fingers are resting on the third valve slide with the third finger resting inside the third slide ring. Then for the right hand, she doesn't use the pinky ring. Also she puts the thumb right up underneath the palm of the hand right around where the second valve casing is. Just totally different to me and I wanted to see if there are OTHER ways to hold the trumpet too. Because I kind of thought everyone held it the same way as I did!