I recently joined a British-style brass band as a 3rd cornet. I purchsed an English-style cornet (1st and 3rd slide triggers instead of Bach-style thumb crook and finger ring). Up until now I have always played a trumpet and had never even held a cornet. I find that holding the cornet for any period of time causes a lot of discomfort in my left hand. I realize it is a smaller horn than a trumpet and I do have fairly large hands and I am on the flip side of 60 with the attendent joint issues, but I can hold on to my Connstellation comfortably for as long as I need to or play guitar 'til the cows come home.
I'm going to ask my section leader about it, but I would like to hear from forum members with the same experience (assuming I'm not unique with this problem). Is there a recommended grip for the left hand on this style of instrument? Are both slide triggers operated by the left hand or should I grip the horn in such a way as to continue using my right thumb on the first slide trigger as I am used to doing with my Connstellation?
I just finished practicing cornet and I'm going to see if we have any Ben-Gay in the house