Knowledge is freedom, and ignorance is slavery - Miles Davis
The difference between a beginner and pro mouthpiece is practice - tobylou8
Nobody has learned how to play the trumpet. It's endless. - Maynard Ferguson
Don't be afraid to try something different. The Ark was built by an amateur and the Titanic was built by a group of experienced engineers.
By the inch it's a cinch, by the yard, it's hard!
During a rehearsal, Thelonious Monk had quickly scribbled a music score that Milt Jackson could not read.
Milt to Monk : "Is it here a B or a B flat ?".
After a long long reflection, Monk to Milt :
"Play it like you feel it, man".
Mikel Dupac / Lawler C7-3R-1A + Prana B6S1R
Olds Super Bb 1962 / Carol Brass Dizzy pocket
Conn New Wonder cornet 1917 / Many others...
Music is the healing force of the Universe! A. Ayler
I can't say I've ever paid much attention to the pinky ring before. I was taught that it was best not to use it, but was never beaten for using it (our band director, though a tyrant, only threw things, and the trumpets are in the back row). I find I don't always use it, depending on several factors. One factor is which horn I'm playing. The pinky ring on my Committee seems to be set a little further from the valves than I find comfortable. Another factor is what kind of music I'm playing. It seems that when I require a lot of concentration, or need to turn pages or use mutes/plunger, I'll use the ring. One thing I do find is that when I don't use the ring, my hand postition tends to "wander" considerably, invalidating the whole pressing straight down on the valves theory. If the passage or piece I'm playing requires a lot of use of the third valve, I will often disengage the finger for ease of fingering, but I will add to the concensus that it also causes my fingers to actually be further from the valve caps, effectively slowing the fingering down. This thread has been interesting in that it makes me think about some basic things that I don't normally notice an a day to day basis. However, pertaining to the OP's issue, his band director needs to turn his amp down and stick to his area of expertise--saxophone--when it comes to small matters of technique like this. It really is a tempest in a teapot.
1932 Conn 2B Special trumpet
1956 Martin Committee Deluxe cornet
1964 (ish) Holton Al Hirt Special cornet
1972 Bach Stradivarus model 37
Here is another reason not to place the little finger in the hook.
Raise your right hand and freely wiggle your fingers. Now hold on to you little finger and wiggle them. Most people feel that their ring finger is more restricted when holding the little finger. If there is restriction, then you are slowing down the action and freedom of your third vale finger.
If you want to break the habit of placing your little finger in the hook, rap some Scotch tape over the hook and every time you place your finger in the hook, you will be reminded to keep it out. Most students will have to replace the tape often the first week but after a short time you can break yourself of the habit.
Will it screw up your horn? No!
Besson Kanstul International Series Bb
Portsmouth High School Symphonic Band
Portsmouth High School Marching 180
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