As some of you may have read, I reviewed the ERGObrass, "ERGObone" a couple of issues ago. My thoughts about the device were inconclusive so I left it in the corner. Just recently, I acquired a bass trumpet, which I enjoy playing very much but really feel the weight. Not only is the bass trumpet heavier than my trombone, all the weight is in front and most of it rests on my left index finger. After a few minutes, I have to put the instrument down to rest my hands, which are also having to learn to work the valves and tuning slide. Seeking relief, I went back to the ERGObrass website to see what they had. The trumpet model looked more manageable than the trombone model so I contacted Jouko Antere, creator of the ERGObrass system and ordered a unit for the bass trumpet.
In the meantime, I've been searching for more information and others opinions on the matter. It does seem as if there is a need to reduce the burden of holding heavy brass instruments, especially now that they are getting heavier. Jouko mentioned that thee is research being done in Wales regarding tension from holding the instrument and breathing efficiency. I'm looking forward to learning more and will pass on further information when I get it.
For now, I'll eagerly await the arrival of the ERGObrass and will write more about it after I've had the chance to test it out.
All the best,
Be sure to check out the DMS podcasts, Feldenkrais mini lessons for musicians and speakers.
You can purchase the “Dynamic Musician Series: Dynamic Stability and Breath, Vols. 1 & 2” here.
Chili notes (in Germany and Europe) Volume 1 Volume 2
If you have any specific questions or comments on breathing and posture, send me e-mail and I’ll try to respond in a future blog. Until then, breathe well!