''I'm nearly as good as I need to be,
but not nearly as good as I'd like to be".
~Wild Thing Trumpet~ Eclipse Enigma Trumpet ~
~Kanstul 1525 Flugel ~ Smith Watkins K2 Cornet ~
~ Besson Bugle ~ JP152 C Trumpet ~
The position of the arms has a lot to do with your physical condition and the weight/length of the horn. Before we start talking about the elbows, what about general posture? If we do not have an upright, relaxed stance, the elbows could be behind your back and not improve anything.
Let's not put the cart before the horse.
1) check our posture - feet about a shoulders width apart, feet parallel
2) try and get the spine aligned, you can stand against a wall to get the general idea. Many trumpeters have trouble with this because of learned bad habits, a deskjob where they slouch.
3) shoulders comfortably back
4) head over the spine, chin tucked in. It should feel like someone is suspending you by the upper back of your head. There are other visualizations.
5) now we can practice breathing with for most, a VERY uncomfortable body position. Try this after a 20 minute hot shower - it is MUCH easier.
6) once we have learned to breathe big and relaxed with this superior posture, then we can even start to think about the horn. If we are in decent shape and the horn isn't too heavy, our upright body will tell us if the arms are too close to the torso.
7) We bring the horn to our face, not move the head towards the horn. WE KEEP OUR NEWLY (RE)DISCOVERED BODY POSITION NO MATTER WHAT!!!!!!!
If we need to intellectualize the positions of our arms, the rest of our body use is SCREWED UP. The correct angle for the arms is the only one that is relaxed. It is individual.
Arms are kept close to the body when we do not have the strength to play in a relaxed way. Angles will not help here!
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
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