Today, we pay much more attention to how the tools and equipment we use every day affect our health. This is the science of ergonomics. The French horn is not a small and light instrument. Today, we pay much attention to how the tools and equipment we use everyday affect our health and comfort. This is the science of ergonomics.
Over the years if the horn is held with statically tensed hands, many players suffer various consequences. First the hand and arm gets tired and stiff. Later one often acquires many kinds of pains in the wrist, arm, elbow, upper arm and shoulder or in the upper back and neck.
And what is most important, is the breathing. When there is static tension in the upper body, we cannot breathe as freely as when we were relaxed.
The horn, while a marvelous instrument, does pose special ergonomic challenges because of its size and weight. The bigger the horn (especially a triple horn), or the smaller the player (especially a young player), the more important ergonomic considerations become.
The ERGObrass support is specially designed to be a handy medium to enable 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 the ERGObrass, the only task remaining for the left hand is to balance the horn and keep the mouthpiece in the right place and angle for each situation. Then, of course, your fingers can act relaxed on valve triggers. With the weight of the horn taken off of the body, the player’s touch and feel for playing are improved and stresses are reduced.