Welcome to the ERGObrass for trumpet homepage. It is a new auxiliary device for all trumpet players which gives the player a more comfortable, effective and healthy way of playing the trumpet.
The general idea of ERGObrass supports is based on a simple fact that all brass instruments are heavy to hold. We all know that relaxation is very important in brass playing. However, holding the instrument in playing position inevitably produces a static tension in hands, arms, shoulders, upper body and throat.
Most players can play with this tension, of course - but the tension is always there disturbing the performance.
By using an ERGObrass support every brass player can stay totally relaxed while playing. The support rod will take all the weight away from the players hands and arms and transmit it to the chair or through a special belt pocket to the legs of the player. And in addition to the better efficiency, it is also very comfortable!
The ERGObrass might seem to require a very radical change in the way a trumpet is played and therefore it is especially important that you read and look at these pages with an open mind without any prejudice.
After all the needed changes are only very slight. Leave your initial emotional reactions aside as they often prevent us from seeing things clearly when fronted with something that is very different to what we are used to. Instead, ask yourself if what we are about to show you here seems sensible, rational and logical.
We firmly believe that playing the trumpet or cornet with the help of the ERGObrass gives a player a lot more benefits than it takes to learn few new habits.
Easily adjusted, ERGObrass support encourages a good performing posture and better breathing.
The horn floats lightly from the center of gravity on a spring. You can turn the horn smoothly anywhere while you play.
The trumpet is the lightest of all brass instruments, but the leverage is great because the centre of gravity is approximately 30 cm from the body. In addition, the player must hold his or her hands much higher than in the case of the French horn or trombone. Please keep in mind that it's pretty tiring to hold your hands up for five minutes, even without an instrument!
Today we pay much attention to how the tools and equipment we use every day affect our health and comfort. This is the science of ergonomics. But all brass instruments were designed hundreds of years before we learned how important ergonomics are for us.
Over the years if the trumpet is held with statically tensed hands, many players suffer various consequences.
First the hands get tired and stiff. Later one often aquires many kinds of pains in the wrist, arm, elbow, upper arm and shoulder or in the upper back and neck. This can reduce the effectiveness and enjoyment of playing the trumpet. Also the bell often descends pointing to the floor instead of beeing pointing forward.
The inevitable tension in the upper body also disturbs our breathing, and this diminishes our ability to produce good sound quality and long phrases.
It is important to feel relaxed and comfortable when making music.The ERGObrass support is specially designed to be be a handy medium which enables the player to keep his or her hands and upper body completely relaxed by removing the need for the body to support the weight of the instrument. Instead, the ERGObrass support will transmit the weight of the horn to the chair or through the belt to the legs.
Freeing up the upper body can also help the most important aspects of brass playing: breathing and air flow. With ERGObrass, the only task remaining for the hands is to balance the horn and keep the mouthpiece in the right place and angle for each situation.Then, of course, the fingers stay relaxed on the valve triggers.
With the weight of the horn taken off the body, the player’s touch and feel for playing are improved and stresses are reduced.
In the disclock there is also a smooth spring, so the horn floats comfortably on the top of it and can be lifted or lowered with miniumum power. The rubber band prevents the support tube from falling down
ERGObrass trumpet support with a cornet, Flugel horn, and German trumpet
Most Flugel horns can be played with the ERGObrass trumpet support.
The cornet plate is slightly longer than the regular trumpet plate and must be placed vertically, not horizontally.
If you wish to get the cornet version instead of the normal trumpet version, please ask your dealer to get the cornet plate for your instrument.
German trumpet version has a special plate. It is available as a special request.
When not playing, you can lift the horn out of the pocket, and you can return it to playing position in just seconds.
When you play standing up, you just put the bottom of the support tube into a specially made belt pocket and the weight of the horn is transmitted to your legs. You just slip the belt through the holes on the plate.
Better posture from the beginning!
The problem with children - as every teacher knows - is the wrong posture while playing because of the weight of the horn. This reaction is understandable. The body tries to find a position where it can tolerate physical stress. But, of course, at the same time the physical precondition of being able to breath and play efficiently diminishes radically. How could anybody develop a proper technique and efficient breathing and blowing in an uncomfortable position?
With the ERGObrass playing is easy, efficient and enjoyable!
The player can also turn and move quite freely while playing as the ERGObrass enables very flexible movements.
When adjusted appropriately with the teacher, the ERGObrass automatically holds the player in a good, supportive playing position. Now the back is better aligned, the body feels relaxed and playing is easier.
With the ERGObrass support a young trumpetist will automatically stay in good supportive position. The bell do not drop to point to the floor any more. It is virtually impossible to play in wrong posture.
Also a very young child can start to play a real trumpet right from the beginning. - No need for a pocket trumpet any more!
With the ERGObrass the young player can concentrate all the time on essential elements of playing. Also, a relaxed and light feel allows more comfort and enjoyment for practice and performance
Musicians worldwide loves Ergobrass
The ERGObrass is an excellent device that is very effective in supporting the trumpet while playing. It takes the weight off the shoulders, arms and upper torso which greatly reduces tension and fatigue. I have found it to be particularly helpful in aiding those players that need relief due to injuries like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and rotator cuff tears. I have found that several aspects of my own playing improve when I use it simply as a result of reducing tension in my body. The design is classic - simple and easy to adjust and use. I highly recommend this device to all serious trumpet players.
Oklahoma City University USA
International Trumpet Guild Board of Directors
The ERGObrass for Trumpet is an incredible invention, not only does it make you pay more attention to all aspects of your posture, but more importantly it relieves unwanted tension and unnecessary tiredness.
Whether sitting down or standing up the ERGObrass is easy to use and instantly helps to take the weight of the shoulders and back - practising with the ERGObrass, Trumpet playing becomes less tense which results in better dynamics, better flexibility and more freedom in all the registers.
Section Principal Trumpet BBC National Orchestra of Wales
-The trumpet has always been considered to be a light instrument. However, the static position especially when played a long time causes a lot of tension to the player's upper body. The ERGObrass elminates totally this static tension. It is amazing when after using the support one tries to play without it:
" Do I really need to carry the instrument so much? Boy, it really is heavy!"
-I firmly believe that this device also helps young trumpetists. Many times the playing posture goes wrong just because of the weight of the instrument. I personally like also the small size and visual non-obtrusiveness of the ERGObrass support. I really recommend that every trumpetist get to know the ERGObrass for trumpet.
Principal trumpet, Lahti Symhony Orchestra
Professor, Lahti music school
- I Have tried the ERGObrass for trumpet now for about one month and I feel I can write a very positive recommndation. The ERGObrass works in developing posture, breathing an maintaining relaxation in playing. The ERGObras is certainly durable, and the options for use, as well as availability for other brass instruments, are wonderful.
Professor of trumpet, University of Louisville, USA
- I have tested it by my self and found it very helpful. I have been practicing Alexander Technique for 20 years now and I am very aware of the problem of tension in the body while playing. I found, that your system helps for being more relaxed especially in the region of the shoulders and the neck, which are very crucial. I also let students play for a short time in the lesson with ERGObrass. Most of them also found it helpful. Congratulations! Your system is as simple as it is efficient.
Professor of trumpet,
Trossingen music high school Germany
-I was looking for that system already in Japan. When using the system it is easy to find and keep a good and supportive posture when I am playing the trumpet.
- I can feel much more straight breath through the instrument, and that gives better sound.
- And I also believe that the ERGObrass is very good for children and girls!
Hiroshima Japan, Trumpet student Lahti Concervatory
When I experimented with the system for the first time, I immediately noticed that it prevents excessive pressure of the mouthpiece on my teeth. Playing felt much lighter. Practicing with the ERGObrass does not make me physically tired anymore.
-The saxophone has always had some neck support, so why on earth could we not use a good support if there is one available? In the beginning it may feel funny to play with it, but you get used to it very quickly. I wholeheartedly endorse the ERGObrass for every trumpetist!
Sami Pöyhönen (home page)
The Great Helsinki Swing Big Band, lead trp
See what's in the package, how to put it together and how to use the support. 5 min.
ERGObrass brass supports in a research project in Cardiff Wales UK where all different
ERGObrass supports are in test. 7 min.
- and hints and tips
Does it fit any horn?
Practically yes in any normal shaped trumpet with piston valves. For cornet, Flugel horn and German trumpet with rotary valves it is needed to have a special attaching plate. If your dealer does not have them, you can get it from us directly.
Will it fit in the horn case?
As there is only the little plate attached permanently to the horn, it shall fit easliy in most horn cases. The support rod and tube are approx. 36 cm long and easy transport.
How is the height adjusted?
It is most important that the instrument is at the right height - where you find it comfortable - when you play. You lift or descend the support rod into its counterpart. Just open the screw and set it in a desireble height. And as the horn is on a top of the spring, you can also smoothly and with a minimum force move it up and down a little bit while you play.
What does it look like?
The ERGObrass is designed to be as invisible as possible, it is simple and non-obtrusive.