Apologies if this has been asked before but my 7-year-old son has just started learning the trumpet in school (he's on his 2nd lesson ).
Anyway, he's quite small for his age and has little hands & fingers but the big issue is he's left-handed and so wants to press the valves (sorry if that's the wrong term) with his left hand rather than his right as he keeps telling me "mum they're sooo hard to press with my right - can you get me a left handed trumpet".
I'm not sure if such a thing exists or if we're in the land of skirting-board laddders etc. Anyway, I can't afford thousands for a bespoke model - but knowing nothing about trumpets myself am just wondering if anyone could offer any helpful advice or suggestions?
I've paid out £200+ for the trumpet, as he is dead keen to learn, so really want to encourage him but without pressurising him and am wondering if there is any way I could make it easier for him to play?
I'm working on his posture as he throws his pelvis forward when he lifts the instrument and I figure that better support, balance and weight distribution will make it easier to lift and hold however I'm not sure how to overcome the 'fingering' issue.
Thanks for any advice