Bad days

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  1. Myshilohmy

    Myshilohmy Pianissimo User

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    I was just practicing and getting frustrated because so far on my 2 week break from marching band I think I've played at least 20 minutes everyday and today my lips just would not vibrate or respond well, and I was getting tired after like 30 seconds of the horn on my face at a time and I had very little control and accuracy, and I could not really play high, I just heard air through the horn. Does this mean I played incorrectly the day before or is it from playing too much lately? How do I avoid this?
     
  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    20 minutes a day is simply not enough. During playing season you had a lot more on your plate and that built habits, however dubious. Now you don't support your habit and your body fights back. It applies to nicotine, alcohol and trumpet. Once you are hooked, it is impossible to turn back without the DTs.
    Summer break should mean time for a decent routine. You avoid the symptoms by treating your chops responsibly. Serious trumpet is at least an hour a day. That is how you avoid what you are going through.
     
  3. Myshilohmy

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    So I need to play at least an hour a day and play smart to avoid this? Because during playing season we would play anywhere from 4 and a half to 6 hours a day, so 20 minutes might be doing next to nothing right now.
     
  4. rowuk

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    :thumbsup:

    2 smart hours would be even better. If you think times are tough now, wait till you get back to school and marching band starts. 20 minutes a day and then mashed chops for lunch. Not a recipe for success.
     
  5. Al Innella

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    When ever I would be away from the trumpet for an extended period I used to practice for a half an hour two or three times a day until I started to feel stronger, don't try to do it all in one sitting.
     
  6. Trumpetman67

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    Exactly. You build up one small step at a time.
     
  7. Bachstul

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    Exactly........

    Do you want to know the real secret?

    Well, for $39.99....just kidding..:D

    Everything that you describe occurs at some times when I don't set my chops cold for a G above staff.

    If you're cold and start low, this air release happens. Set high, then step lower, lower down the staff, lower,lower, lower hold it. bam!

    It's as easy as giving birth to a baby!
     
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  8. Myshilohmy

    Myshilohmy Pianissimo User

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    Ummm....what??
     
  9. Bachstul

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    When I find the same predicament your in. I find my chops are set too low.


    Set chops for higher on the staff, for you, maybe a high C, then, play down the staff, ledger low and buzz 'em. After 45 seconds, you should play whatever you want.
     
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  10. Pseudonym

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    "Some days you get up and put the horn to your chops and it sounds pretty good and you win, some days you try and nothing works and the horn wins. This goes on and on and then you die and the horn wins." - Dizzy Gillespie​

    20 minutes a day is fine if all you're trying to do is stay in touch with the horn. Some days, the horn wins. We all have bad days, no worries.
     

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