Pip Eastop, Horn player, Photographer, Trumpet player

Horn player, Photographer, Trumpet player

Pip Eastop, hornplayer, teacher, horn, trumpet, jazz, sessions, London, soloist, orchestral, improvisation etc....

Horn on a stick

This is Zak, my son. He’s actually a trumpet player and unfamiliar with the horn. I just needed a model for the photographs. 

I’ve been experimenting with variants on the PipStick, and come up with this – it’s mounted on a very sturdy photographic monopod (made by Manfrotto).

Zak is 11 years old. Look at the way he’s holding, or rather balancing, the horn. Look at his head position and the straightness of his neck. I didn’t ask him to stand like that. I just gave him the horn-on-a-stick and asked him to blow a few notes through it.

Zak doesn’t normally ever play the horn. He’s unfamiliar with the the feel of it and doesn’t know how to hold it properly. But look – he has extremely good posture in the photographs. It’s even better than his normal posture. Not only does the stick prevent bad posture, but it provokes good posture and better general use of the back, neck, head, shoulders and arms etc. 

In this second photo you can see how effortless it is to hold the horn. It’s completely weightless – all that is needed is balance – which is very easy. 

I like the feel of this very much – the horn seems to float even better than with the normal PipStick. There is one obvious disadvantage, however – I can’t easily rotate the horn to get the water out. And I can’t get it out with just the water keys (even though I have four of them!).  Doh!

One Response

  1. Kaki

    I recently did quite a lot of damage to my left hand and am looking for a way to hold my horn. (My physical therapist said I couldn’t put the weight on my wrist.)
    This seems like a great option–but how did you attach the horn to the monopod?

    Aug 28, 2009 at 11:21 pm

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