Instrument Stands Part 1: Brass
As I see it, there are three main ways to play an instrument adaptively:
1. Modify your technique
2. Modify the instrument itself
3. Modify the way the instrument is held
Musicians with limb differences need to use all of their functional body parts to play their instruments effectively. Therefore, holding an instrument should take as little effort as possible. Although some products exist on the market, many players have created their own instrument stands. In this post, I’ll share some solutions for holding brass instruments.
Felix Klieser is a professional French Horn player from Germany. (His playing is stunning! Listen!) He plays with his left foot. Felix’s horn rests on an adjustable stand with an extension for his heel.
ErgoBrass supports are available for purchase worldwide. They have created supports for trombone, trumpet, French horn, and euphonium. These supports do not allow the instrument to stand on its own, however, they reduce the strain on the player.
Do you use a support for playing a brass instrument? Leave a comment and share your solution!