Advice for a trumpet player with reduced lung capacity?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Haste2, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    This is all second hand stuff told to me 20 years ago, and in German. Take it for what it is worth....

    My friend and colleague, who had played 2nd trombone in one of the major West German orchestras came across a doctor who was a brass enthusiast (I think his wife was giving birth or something like that) and the doctor measured my friend's lung capacity, which proved to be slightly below normal. My friend was amazed, because he was used to playing lots of the Romantic German repertoire that called for loud playing and long phrases.

    The doctor explained that his informal findings (as a hobby scientist in this field he had no way of doing research that would "count" in the German scientific or medical community way) were showing that how we regulate the air is much more important than size of lungs.

    If it gives you joy then do it, and spread that joy to others. Don't let it be a handicap to you, show that you are "handi-capable!"

    Have fun!
  2. Jerry Freedman

    Jerry Freedman Piano User

    Mar 4, 2005
    Jeanne Pocius, who is in Hait right now, is well known and well respected teacher and player. For her asthma is a serious problem. Jeanne doesn't do much here or on trumpetherald when she is in Haiti but she does participate in TPIN. Post your problem there and she might respond, otherwise wait till she gets back ( March I believe)
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Buy the book Wind and Song by Arnold Jacobs. He was the tuba player with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and had only 50% lung function. Your issue is NOTHING compared to that. The book will tell you about what to do to use what you have more fully.

    Great trumpet players do NOT need the biggest lungs.

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