left hand position while holding your trumpet

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  1. oldlou

    oldlou Forte User

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    In my case, I have very wide hands and rather short stubby fingers, so my old boss, 'Bill' Johnson, who was the former owner of York Band Instruments advised that I use whatever grip was comfortable for me, as long as I didn't use my considerable hand strength to "choke the valve engine". He had found in his many years as an instrument maker and cornetist that some men actually deformed the valve casings by using too much strength in their holding of their trumpets/cornets.


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  2. jdostie

    jdostie Piano User

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    I'm two above and two below . . . I am pretty sure changed from 3 above, 1 below sometime in Jr High as my hands started to grow. As I recall both positions were uncomfortable at first, but became comfortable with use.
     
  3. stchasking

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    I am using a Yamaha Fluegal horn and that I play one up and three down. Fluegal horns are a strange valve setup. Someone needs to solder a handle the left side.
     
  4. jdostie

    jdostie Piano User

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    I have often thought that even with a trumpet. 'Course if they did you'd need to rig some kid of trigger for first and third slides.
     
  5. MFfan

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    Now I know why you have no trouble "getting a grip" on things. Can't say I have ever seen a deformed valve casing in that manner.:D
    I use 3 up and one down, with the longest digit thru the adjustable ring and the thumb thru the saddle, if any. Some wraps are more comfortabel that others. My Barrington had the widest grip area, and the other two, a little less. The Olds cornet has lots of room and is the most comfortable, as are the other cornets.
     
  6. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Fortissimo User

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    When I was a kid, I played two up and two down with my thumb under the bell tail. Nowadays it's all above with my thumb near the top of the casings under the bell. Seems to be a better angle.

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  7. oldlou

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    Being personal friends and having met for lunch a few times, you are familiar with the shape and considerable size of my 'paws'. I am sure that you understand old 'Bill's' concern about the probability that I could deform some valve casings that were not sufficiently sturdy.
     
  8. davtpt

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    Mctrumpet, whatever works for you and feels good USE IT... John Lynch wrote this concept in his book, I used this grip for many years as a lead player in a Caribbean band, it worked, but in the long run it wasn't the grip, good luck man.
     
  9. amzi

    amzi Forte User

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    Zombie Thread--almost 4 years old.
     
  10. bumblebee

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    Gah! I didn't see that - read through it all...

    Maybe mctrumpet will report in to say how it worked out over the last 3+ years.

    (me? 3 up, 1 down)

    --bumblebee
     

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