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I'm not sure if there is a proper technique since everyone is not built the same. I just see it as "different strokes, for different folks". Everybody has different opinions and we can use the normal physiological function of a hand as a baseline to explain best muscle movement and fingering coordination. Just keep in mind that most trumpet players start out at a very young age when their hands are not fully grown to their adult size. During their progression they will develop what best fits them individually.
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1964 H. N. White King Super 20 model 1049S
1970 King Super 20 S2
1976 King Silver Flair (Custom engraved)
I dunno kiddies, I still detect a bit too much rigidity here. I still think there should be a certain amount of the "what feels best for you" here.
Many years ago when I first started taking lessons my teacher did not care for my placement of my fingertips on the valve buttons and started putting me through a form of torture wherrin he put dimes under my fingertips and insisted that they stay there in place while I played.He gave up eventually to my great relief.
I hate the thumb tip between the 1st and 2nd casings. I feel like an uptight Brit having tea or something.
Mine rests under the lead pipe and I have had no issues with technique including Clark's.
The pinky jammed around the hook is a far greater limit to the hand's proper mobility than my thumb, at least in my particular hand shape. I rest it on top.
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