Can doing situps help your breathing?

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  1. trmpt_plyr

    trmpt_plyr Pianissimo User

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    I was told to use my abdomen muscles when I play the higher notes, and that the muscles should become tight when playing them. This has helped a lot, and it's easier for me to play a lot of stuff now.

    I was thinking that if you had really strong abdomen muscles, would it help you breath faster and more efficiently?
     
  2. 1stTrumpet

    1stTrumpet Pianissimo User

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    Sure, why not
     
  3. Pakatak

    Pakatak New Friend

    I don't know exactly what the long-term effects are, but I know from experience that doing crunches/sit-ups before something demanding in the high range does help with efficient use of air. I would assume the long-term effects would be similar. Besides, I'm pretty sure that having strong abs can't really hurt your trumpet playing.
     
  4. dizforprez

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    NO!
     
  5. john7401

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  6. Vulgano Brother

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    Diz is right!
     
  7. Bach219

    Bach219 Mezzo Piano User

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    No, because it involves air too.
     
  8. gbdeamer

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    I don't think it's possible for you to make a one to one correlation between the building of stomach muscles and an increase in breath speed and efficiency.

    As a general rule I personally try to keep myself in good physical shape (regular exercise and weight lifting) which I think contributes to my overall stamina while playing (particular long gigs or many gigs in a couple of days) but I don't think it's at all necessary to be a good trumpet player.

    I've met and played next to some people who were absolute MONSTERS on the trumpet, but in miserable physical shape. At the end of the day technique seems to trump all other things...but staying healthy should help you to keep demonstrating that technique well into your later years!
     
  9. Markie

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    no
     
  10. ltg_trumpet

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    Maynard had one lung and his physique was not so great. but even in his last years, he still screamed... what a man.
     

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