left hand position while holding your trumpet

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by mctrumpet, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. the newbie

    the newbie Pianissimo User

    Jan 27, 2011
    San Francisco
    I am the same as coolerdave, my fingers are long and skinny and there is a lot or room in the ring and when my finger is extended it barely moves the valve without me having to move my left hand then i have to transfer the weight to my right hand and that aint good. also my slide is kinda slow or tight, probably through lack of use.

    Im thinking of wrapping tape round my finger to fatten it up?
  2. homebilly

    homebilly Pianissimo User

    Dec 29, 2010
    Los Angeles & Paris, Fran
    Usually have a beer in my left hand so I squeeze tight with my right hand
  3. coolerdave

    coolerdave Utimate User

    Nov 7, 2009
    San Pedro
    been there.. done that
    I did play around with it today and figured out if I push up towards the top of the ring I can move it a whole lot easier. It really doesn't take much pressure to move it, I just have to put some skin on it. We'll see how this works out over the next couple of months.
  4. alant

    alant Pianissimo User

    Aug 18, 2009
    Rochdale UK
    See Greg Spence free lesson about buzzing and the lead pipe!
  5. J. Jericho

    J. Jericho Fortissimo User

    Mar 16, 2011
    Rafael Mendez could and did play a variety of music.

    Here is a piece that could take most players a little bit of practice to duplicate: Moto Perpetuo performed by Rafael Mendez - YouTube

    And a sampler including Big Band/Swing: Amazon.com : Music Sampler

    When was the last time you played a Polka? Notice the left hand position: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIpostqDSyU


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    Last edited: Feb 28, 2012

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