An honest post...

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by ewanmains, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. ewanmains

    ewanmains Piano User

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    Well, was playing with one of my bigbands last night up at Callander Jazz Festival, & to be honest I'm completely bummed out.

    I went in early, had a nice, normal gentle 5 minute warm-up which was fine, went for a quick sandwich. Gig started about half an hour later result: no chops, no sound, no response, no range. Just rubbish all the way. Lips were extremely swollen, it felt like my mouthpiece was coated in vaseline! No grip, no feeling. In the end up I had to switch to a 3C in order to get any kind of sound out, & even then I had to use far too much pressure to get the job done.

    The only thing I can think of is that something I ate in the sandwich (tuna, sweetcorn on brown bread, with some fresh orange juice, salt & vinegar crisps) caused my lips to swell & become completely unresponsive.

    Never had anything like this before, so I'm completely confused! Got another gig tonight with another bigband, so I'll just need to withold judgement until tonight.

    This morning, my lips feel like they've had the battering of a lifetime!

    To say I'm confused & anxious is a slight understatement.


    :-(
     
  2. ozboy

    ozboy Mezzo Forte User

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    I can't eat roast or BBQed chicken before a gig. I learnt the hard way.
     
  3. ewanmains

    ewanmains Piano User

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    Thanks Ozboy,

    Have you had a similar reaction then?

    Just on Ibuprofen today, along with some arnica cream & lots of water!

    Scary stuff ....
     
  4. Brekelefuw

    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

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    My guess is the salt and vinegar chips did it. Those always leave my tongue and mouth kind of raw feeling.
     
  5. Buck with a Bach

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    I'll second Brekelefuw. :oops:
     
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  6. ewanmains

    ewanmains Piano User

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    Thanks guys. I'll see how it goes tonight. The salt & vinegar crisps does seem like a culprit now I have time to look back on it. Perhaps a high dose of salt & acetic acid ain't that good for your lips...

    I always remember when I was a kid having a particularly strong pack of S&V crisps & having my lips turn pure white from the salt & vinegar.

    Hopefully it'll be all ok. Just need to watch what I eat before a gig in future & stay away from crisps!

    :-)
     
  7. gbdeamer

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    Definitely sounds like the chips (or combination of the chips and other stuff) are the culprit.

    I'm a bit paranoid about that kind of thing, so I usually eat very lightly if at all before a gig.

    Like you, I have trouble if my lips feel greasy.
     
  8. reedy

    reedy Piano User

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    that arnic cream is amazing stuff! aint used it in a few years, i would highly recommend it!
     
  9. edfitzvb

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    I would rather my lips were slick than anchored to the mouthpiece. I live on the coast and play lots of jobs with shrimp on the buffet. I have found that shrimp does not allow me to adjust my embouchure at all. I am not sure if it is the shrimp or the Old Bay seasoning or the cocktail sauce, but flexibility is compromised. Therefore i leave the shrimp, much as I love them.
     
  10. Buck with a Bach

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    I'd bet on the seasoning and sauce,Ed:roll::oops:
     

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