The French horn in the early morning, it’s just a great way to start the day.
I took a masterclass with Walter Chesnut, a trumpet teacher at UMass a few decades ago. He had lost the full use of his hands due to a back injury, and some students at the University came up with a unique way for him to be able to perform by engineering a mechanical solution.
Not to make light of this man’s amazing talent, but am I the only one who immediately thought of that E.B. White book The Trumpet of the Swan?
The mute swan protagonist learning to play a trumpet with his feet was a major part of the story.
He’s shown using only the left foot, but I understood that part of the technique for the horn is to modulate the sound with a hand in the bell. Did I misunderstand something?
He uses his right foot as a mute.
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