The Importance of Hand Position

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Double_G, Aug 6, 2005.

  1. Billy B

    Billy B Pianissimo User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Des Moines, IA
    The left hand is for holding the trumpet. The right hand is for pushing buttons down.
  2. rjzeller

    rjzeller Forte User

    Mar 7, 2005
    Rochester, MN
    I've never thought of the left hand as a big deal. Personally, I use the "Spock" grip as one poster quipped. My fingers are too big to sit comfortably in the little space between the valve block and the 3rd slide tubing.

    I've found that it takes two to tango, and typically if you keep at least one arm relaxed, it's hard to turn your other arm into an "octave key". I keep my right hand with the pinky OUT of the pinky hook, which makes it impossible to squeeze with the right hand, and thus I can articulate more freely/faster. Especialy that third finger -- since it's physically connected to the same tendons and muscle group sas the pinky, keeping the pinky free seems to ease up the motion in the other fingers.

    It works for me. I have my kids think about "holding" the horn with the left and "articulate" with the right. Took one kid from literally almost going blue in the face every time he played to getting a reasonably relaxed sound.

    But I see merit in the comments of some, however, who suggest that you still want to avoid too much pressure with the left hand. "Squeezing" the horn with any hand in any way can lead to undue tension in your playing.

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