Flute thumb rests
Posted 04 February 2019 - 13:44
Does anyone use thumb rests, and do they work? Would welcome any recommendations or advice.
Posted 04 February 2019 - 16:40
I use a thumb rest - it helps as I have really small hands. I'm not sure it would make much difference for larger hands though. Its important to hold it without any tension - is your thumb slightly bent as it can cause strain if it is straight.
Posted 04 February 2019 - 16:59
However I don't have a thumb problem per se so can't say if it would help in your case. May be worth trying tough.
Posted 04 February 2019 - 17:11
Posted 05 February 2019 - 00:34
Every player is different on this one - the variable factors being size of hands, shape and proportions within the hands, and flexibility in the joints. Some players will easily find a good optimum position for holding the flute without the assistance of a thumb port, and it is certainly something I have never felt the need to consider myself, but clearly they are a great help to some people. It has nothing to do with the level of the player (some pros use thumb ports) but everything to do with the individuality of our hands. So I would suggest if you are having difficulty settling with a good thumb position you should give it a try. Ideally go to a shop where you could try it out in the shop first.
Posted 05 February 2019 - 17:59
If that doesn’t work then I’ll explore the thumbport.
Posted Yesterday, 18:48
I have never heard of a flute thumb rest until now. I am taking flute lessons and my teacher has never mentioned thumb rests to me and I have never seen any professional flute player use one. I have small hands because I have issues on the piano reaching an octave. I go back to flute lessons this week after half term so will ask about them but I think if my teacher thought I needed one she would have mentioned it to me.
I have not been able to practice my flute for at least three weeks due to going on holiday and so picked up my flute today to practice and my tone was the best it has ever been. I am not sure whether it was just luck or the fact that I have had a break and gone back to it.
Do people improve if they take a break? (I do not mean a long break I mean no more than a week or two)
Posted Yesterday, 19:07
There's a professional flautist/teacher on YouTube who has a video all about how she's customised her flute to work for her small hands, and I think she has a thumb port, amongst other adjustments. She definitely has a piece of cork added to one of the keys to help one of her fingers reach it properly.