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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Sethoflagos, Feb 3, 2016.
Axially the same, but it's against the bottom of the leadpipe.
Interesting. That is comfortable, but I shy away from creating a pressure point on the leadpipe, just as my right hand doesn't touch the bell. Is this preference irrational?
I don't think it's irrational, but then again, my main horn's got a sleeved leadpipe.
Going with the mentality of "dampen every part but the bell", I don't see how it could hurt, and now you've got three points of contact on your thumb.
I do not normally use the pinky hook, except for page turns and mute changes.
With my current horn, i hold the valve block with my mid-fingers instead of a palm grip - primarily because my hands are large and the grip is more comfortable that way and i have easier execution of the third valve slide. The finger grip also reduces pressure on the embouchure .
Recently I noticed that I tend to hold the horn at a slight angle - valves pointing to about one o'clock - When i focus on keeping straight alignment, I find the horn response and intonation is slightly better.
I was watching an old clip of Dokshizer the other day, and noticed that:
a) he kept his little finger well away from the pinkie hook.
b) didn't shy away from solid pressure points against both the leadpipe and bell.
What I find a little puzzling is why a good instrument designer will try to get his bracing correct to the nearest millimeter to enhance a bell's resonance, at yet the sound doesn't seem too much of affected when we effectively strap a pound of sausages onto it.
Hmmmm... Food for thought.... Do you suppose that designers routinely hang a pound of sausages from the valve block as part of the process?
Perhaps... Valve blocks do have casings you know.