How you hold your trumpet plays an important part on finger control and sound
whenever you play. Your left hand will be what supports the trumpet whenever you
play. It should be curled in a C-shape around the valves with your ring or pinky
finger in the third valve ring, whichever feels better to you. Your thumb should
be in the first valve thumb saddle and your other three fingers should be lightly
wrapped around the valves in comfortable positions. Your right hand will be what
does the valve action. Your index, middle, and ring fingers will be who controls
the valves. Their fingerprints should be put on the pearls of each valve and in
order to get the best response from the valve, it must be pressed straight down,
not off to one side. Your thumb should have its underside touching the lead pipe
and your pinky should be on top of the ring on the lead pipe, not hooked
around it. If the pinky is hooked around the ring, your finger control will be
affected in a bad way.
Another important aspect to getting a good sound is posture. Whenever you sit down to play, you should be able to stand right back up. This means that your legs should not be crossed, underneath your chair, or sprawled out in front of you. Your back should also be straight and not touching the back of the chair. These two suggestions help you to get the maximum amount of air into your lungs and they also help to minimize the restriction of your air flow. Many players like to stand whenever they play because they claim it provides better support for their air and they are right. Just remember that whenever you stand, keep your back striaght, raise your rib cage, and keep your shoulders relaxed whenever you play. On T.V., you might have seen players that arch their backs when they play. I would suggest that you not do that because while it may look cool, it restricts the flow of air. Overall, the key to having perfect posture and to holding your horn right is to try and stick to these suggestions as close as possible and making changes only to be comfortable.
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