Playing trumpet left-handed

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by ComeBackKid, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

    Oct 18, 2007
    The Wide Brown Land
    Thanks Chuck - you truly are a wizard. ROFL
  2. BigDub

    BigDub Fortissimo User

    Dec 19, 2009
    Hillsborough, NJ
    There is a slight difference in that trumpet. The third valve tubing is on the right side of the trumpet. On a standard trumpet it's on the left side to allow the left hand to operate it. That's the only difference, but it's quite unusual.
  3. Brekelefuw

    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

    Mar 21, 2006
  4. austinbrian

    austinbrian New Friend

    Dec 31, 2014
    I am having surgery on my right hand next week (will spare the details for the faint of heart), and it will be out of commission for 2 months, then another month of gradual use. So I googled "playing with left hand." I also tried it out today...I'm finding I can fairly easily replicate fingering with my left hand, albeit a little slower than with my right hand. As others have noted, I cannot move the tuning sides. I'll also have some difficulty even holding up the horn with my right hand, at least for 1-2 months. If I can perhaps find a stand to hold my horn, I can at least stay in practice by fingering with my left hand. I just re-started playing 4 months ago, and don't want to lose momentum (I already had to cancel a gig that was scheduled a few days after the more until sometime this summer). Any recommendations?
  5. nieuwguyski

    nieuwguyski Forte User

    Aug 9, 2004
    Santa Cruz County, CA
    Buy an ergobrass rig to support the trumpet ( ERGObrass ), consider having a pinkie ring soldered on the bell of your trumpet, and keep playing.
  6. barliman2001

    barliman2001 Fortissimo User

    Jul 5, 2010
    Vienna, Austria, Europe
    Well, if it is difficult for a Leftie to play trumpet right handed - what about all those right-handed French horn players?
  7. Newell Post

    Newell Post Piano User

    Mar 31, 2014
    Silicon Valley
    I used to be one of those right-handed French horn players. I never noticed a problem at all playing the horn with the left hand. (In fact, the horn professor at my college had a paralyzed right hand. The horn was the only instrument in the orchestra he could play normally, one-handed with the left hand.) Switching back and forth between the trumpet (cup) mouthpiece and the horn (funnel) mouthpiece was WAY more difficult for me than switching between right handed piston valves and left handed rotary valves. Maybe try the flugelhorn or maybe even borrow a French horn while recuperating....

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