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  1. Proper Hand Position

    You can gain considerable mechanical advantage and make your technique sound easier if you pay attention to your finger position on the valves.

    If you play on piston valves, each finger tip should be on the valve cap. Your fingers should not "hang over" the valve caps.

    If you play rotary valves, your finger tip should be placed so it is centered in the widest part of the paddle.

    If you hang your hand down at your side and relax, you will notice that your fingers ...