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.