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 Holding the English horn angled or sideways
Author: oboi 
Date:   2012-12-24 01:38

I'm commented lots about how the EH is a bit too big for my hands to handle quite well. I know there are quite a few of you with small hands, but the problem is in addition to kid hands is that I have an even shorter pinky. Most of my sloppy fingering will go away with practice, I believe, EXCEPT for the C# key. No matter what I do, I have to bend. I've tried holding it more out at a forward angle, closer in, adjusting the FHRED up/down, etc., etc. The only way I can reach the C# without shoulder, finger and arm tension is if I hold the horn angled. I use a FHRED, so I've tried placing it closer to my right leg and angling it as much as possible, with an adjustment to the bocal angle. In this way, the reed is a bit angled. I don't think it affects my sound (or does it?) nor does it seem to hamper my LH fingering. I also tried placing the FHRED to the right of my legs and playing it like a saxophone. That REALLY angles the reed so bad idea methinks.

So what is your take on playing the EH at an angle and for having a reed angled in your mouth? I'd only do it if I'm in a key/passage with a few C#/Db and otherwise play vertically. Just wanted to know your thoughts on it. I'm assuming playing with major tension is bad for fluidity and also my body, so some bad "form" is better than that.

Post Edited (2012-12-24 01:42)

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