A few weeks ago I attended a local music education workshop and the topic of adaptive music came up. The presenter mentioned Walter Chesnut, and as I had never heard of him, I decided to do some research. Walter Chesnut was a beloved trumpet professor at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. When a … Continue reading The Chesterhorn
The trumpet is a common choice for musicians with limb differences. After all, it only has three valves. Players usually press the valves with whichever hand has more fingers and hold the trumpet with a stand, or, if possible, their other limb. End of story. Almost. When trumpet players reach an intermediate level of playing, … Continue reading Tuneful Triggers
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, … Continue reading Instruments are for playing, not holding!