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#1 Clovis

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 13:44

I’m having trouble with my right thumb due to to practising my flute for an exam.

Does anyone use thumb rests, and do they work? Would welcome any recommendations or advice.
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#2 zwhe

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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.


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Posted 04 February 2019 - 16:59

I use a Thumbport 2 and like it . I find it helpful for keeping the flute steady when playing certain notes eg c sharp.

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.
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 17:11

I'm sure I've praised the Thumbport before. And it's not just for beginners. I've not used it for a while but became aware that my right thumb was beginning to slide again, putting the hand into an unstable position. Had a lesson with a rather demanding professor chap the other day as my teacher is unavailable for a few weeks and I'm preparing for G7. He was beginning to hunt around for sticking plaster to put on the flute when I showed it to him. Use it! was the command!
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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. 


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#6 Clovis

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 17:59

Thank you everyone. I’ll try relaxing my thumb and bending it slightly - I think that’s the main issue.

If that doesn’t work then I’ll explore the thumbport.
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