I looked around the forums and couldn't find a answer so here it goes:
My director made a statement today that I have bad posture. He pointed out that I held my horn with my pinky in the pinky ring. He asked if I knew why you arn't supposed to do that and I responded "well beginners use it to increase pressure and that causes swelling along with other problems". I was then corrected by him and told that the main reason why is that it causes people to push the valves down at an angle, in time damaging the valves. My response was you can also push the valves down at an angle whether your pinky is in the ring or not. But according to him I was wrong so I shut up, choosing to remain respectful.
The main reason why I put my pink in the pinky ring is because I just like it there. I always pay attention to whether or not it's causing me to use pressure, and it hasn't so far. Is he right? Have I just never heard of this? I'm not for sure what to believe, because this same man wanted me to switch from my schilke 5a4 to a bach 1C for marching band, so I could play higher and get more projection . He said "thats what all the good players do". PS: He plays sax.