The RIGHT grip

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by SteveRicks, May 15, 2011.

  1. nieuwguyski

    nieuwguyski Forte User

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    The fact that you apparently put your left pinkie in the third slide ring suggests that you have pretty small hands. I don't consider my hands to be huge (though admittedly I do buy XL gloves to get sufficient finger-length) and I don't think I *could* comfortably put my left pinkie in a fixed third-slide finger ring and play.

    I was taught that the "classical" grip involved putting your left ring-finger in the third-slide ring, and operating any first-slide intonation adjustment with your left thumb. My first good trumpet was a Selmer K-Modified with a first-valve trigger and third-slide ring, so I dealt with the ergonomic situation you're talking about. And I was taught to put my right thumb between the first and second valves. Somehow I managed. Honestly, the only time I ever needed to extend both first and third slides at the same time was to play a low F with all three valves.

    I've long-since changed my left-hand grip to the "Vulcan" style: two fingers on top of the third-valve slide, two below. This works for me, whether I'm playing my Olds Recording with a third-valve trigger or a trumpet with a third-slide ring.
     
  2. nieuwguyski

    nieuwguyski Forte User

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    I don't claim to live by this advice, but my elementary-school band teacher instructed that the pinkie-hook (aka "octave key") should only be used during page-turns and mute changes. At all other times the pinkie should be on top of the ring.
     
  3. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

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    I'm struggling with a mental image here - any chance of a photo showing the RIGHT grip.
     
  4. Dupac

    Dupac Fortissimo User

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    Is the RIGHT grip so RIGHT for a LEFT-HANDED trumpeter ? :dontknow:
     
  5. bumblebee

    bumblebee Fortissimo User

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    Perhaps think of it less as a grip and more as a hover?

    --bumblYbee
     
  6. tobylou8

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    With the "right" grip, I can play higher!;-)
     
  7. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

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    I am assumming that your hands are no where near the scrotum when gripping to achieve a higher range. Right?

    Wow, can you believe with this comment I have become a mezzo forte user.
     
  8. gbdeamer

    gbdeamer Forte User

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    Nevermind...
     
    Last edited: May 16, 2011
  9. Myszolow

    Myszolow Pianissimo User

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    PMSL. ROFL

    And I thought you were just quite loud. :roll: :evil:

    I had several trumpet teachers 30 years ago and they all taught me to wrap the right thumb round valve 1 and use the pinky hook. I did start at age 8 though, so maybe it's a bit safer for kids to hold on with both hands?

    The suggested method of dumping the end of your thumb in the gap between valves 1 & 2 feels very odd to me, but I can see how it might improve finger/valve alignment. :play: (also helpful if you have a slide 1 trigger, I guess).
     
  10. tobylou8

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    That is correct. Singing however is another subject!:lol:
     

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