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    trumpet angle holding

    at what angle do i hold a trumpet while playing it? i see a lot of players holding it a bit down, then some who hold in upright and some who hold it up into the air

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    Re: trumpet angle holding

    Whatever produces the best sound will dictate your angle. Whatever allows your lips to vibrate efficiently, and the air flow to be unencumbered will dictate your angle. Don't cramp your neck and don't look at others, you are unique to what works for you.
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    Re: trumpet angle holding

    Quote Originally Posted by Leslie Colonello View Post
    Whatever produces the best sound will dictate your angle. Whatever allows your lips to vibrate efficiently, and the air flow to be unencumbered will dictate your angle. Don't cramp your neck and don't look at others, you are unique to what works for you.
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    yes, thank you so much i love this communty !
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    A little disclaimer: Some may look up Sergei Nakariakov, as an example for a low angle holding the horn. As far as I know, he had somekind of a car accident or something of the kind, which is the reason for holding the horn like that. Everybody story is different, so +1 for Leslie's comment. What counts is your sound and low tension body use.
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    Well maybe don't use the late Mile Davis' floor pointing technique as a textbook example of how to point.

    But, there are some strict Marching Bands that demand a certain angle for conformity/uniformity. The best advise has been given, place it where you get the best sound. Teeth/jaw structure and alignment, your physique will all dictate an individual angle. Relax, don't tense the shoulders while playing, and don't stress over the angle.
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    Re: trumpet angle holding

    There's a position up/down right/left that puts even pressure on your lips and allows the greatest amount of vibration and the fullest sound. It takes seconds to find. Use it.
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    Re: trumpet angle holding

    I have my trumpet almost straight out, and I also hold it angles to my right. But as long as you keep it semiparallel and your chops can still play, I think your fine.

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    All sorts of human frailty comes into this - overbite, underbite, lip shape, bad shoulders, and on and on. As they say above, comfortable and playable, and away you go.
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    Re: trumpet angle holding

    It depends primarily on your two front upper teeth. The angle up and down or sideways will need to match your teeth and you adjust your head/neck angle to match. In my case, my right upper overlaps my left upper. Therefore I tend to hold the horn a bit to the left to get pressure on the top left tooth.

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