Chest infection

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by JackD, May 29, 2004.

  1. JackD

    JackD Mezzo Forte User

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    As the title suggests - I've got a chest infection. I'm on antibiotics and have been given an athsma inhaler thing (!) because I'm having trouble breathing properly.

    Trouble is: I can't play the trumpet properly at the moment (linked, I suppose to the breathing problem). Should I lay off until it gets better, or keep trying to practice?

    It's very frustrating!

    Jack.
     
  2. Annie

    Annie Piano User

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    Lay off! Your lungs need a break...
     
  3. MUSICandCHARACTER

    MUSICandCHARACTER Forte User

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    I wouldn't play with the horn. The temptation to breathe deep is great. I would buzz on the mouthpiece with short breaths as much as you feel comfortable with. Buzzing requires less air, but is still good work for the embouchure. That way when you infection is gone, you won't be totally dead.

    M&C
     
  4. ChasStarr

    ChasStarr Pianissimo User

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    If you do decide to keep playing or buzzing, make sure to sanitize your horn/mouthpiece. The same bacteria that caused your illness loves to live in warm damp places and you don't want to chance a reinfection once you get well.

    By the way, make sure you take your whole regimen of antibiotics, even if you feel better before they run out.

    Get well soon!
     
  5. JackD

    JackD Mezzo Forte User

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    Thanks for the tips guys - I think I'm already getting better, I'm just itching to start practising properly again.
     

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