Abdominal muscles hurting?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by the newbie, May 8, 2012.

  1. the newbie

    the newbie Pianissimo User

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    My range is getting higher, and after a great weekend practicing i noticed i can hit higher notes and hold them pretty much as long as i want now! Im only playing c,d,e,f,g on top of the staff because that my area im working on, but its a good improvement for me to be able to hit and a g, and have it sound nice and controlled... anyway...

    I noticed the next day my abdominal muscles are hurting like i had been doing press ups. mostly the outer ones like the obliques. Is this a cause for joy as in a "no pain no gain" scenareo or something else i'm doing wrong?

    thanks.
     
  2. Comeback

    Comeback Forte User

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    I'm sure we're all different, but my abs are obviously involved with my playing. I work out a lot and do plenty of crunches, which helps. That said, your symptoms may be evidence of a health problem which might need checking out.
    Jim
     
  3. kingtrumpet

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    or it may be from squeezing your abs to compress your lung cavity --- yes, sometimes my abs hurt when I do that to get the high notes!!!!!
     
  4. gmonady

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    Your problem is you probably have a six pack abdomen, and no room for all the muscle to move. You need to have a kegger abdomen like mine. Lots of cushion for that trumpet playing muscle... as I don't have this pain... just gain!
     
  5. the newbie

    the newbie Pianissimo User

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    yeah i have a thin waist, and a bit of a loose 6 pack.

    Its kinda frustrating tho that now ive finally got a good strong emboucher its another part of my body i have to develop!
     
  6. Phil986

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    Seems with every decade my 6-pack gets downgraded. Went to 4 pack in my late 30s. Now that I'm in my later 30s (46), I'm down to mostly a 2, 2 to 3 pack ...
     
  7. gmonady

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    It's like I said, when you get to my age it goes into a kegger... in my frat day youth, keggers were great... at my current age (which is beyond your years) NOT SO MUCH! What I would give to have a 2 or 3 pack!:-(
     
  8. gmonady

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    Actually, getting serious here (gmonady - getting serious :lol: ), let your diaphragm do the work for you. Take a good deep breath, then let that muscle relax as much as possible. You will need less force from the abdominals or intercostals by doing this. These assessory muscles do help in generating forces exhaling, but if your are using appropriate airway dynamics, you really don't need to push this hard. So relax... and enjoy your six pack... pain free.
     
  9. patkins

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    Yep, It is diaphragmatic breathing. Thanks, Doc.
     
  10. Bob Grier

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    You are contracting your abdominal muscles too much. This could be a reflex action from thinking you have to "muscle" the notes out. You should be more relaxed. Only use as much contraction as you need, not more.
     

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