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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by trumpetbeast, Nov 24, 2010.
Do you take any medicine that can "dry" you out? Example: allergy medicine.
I have heard of players sipping water that has a wedge of lemon in it.
Like Rowuk says, best thing is just to learn how to cope. For me, Oasis is the panacea that allows me to cope. that and avoiding salty foods anfd caffeine before a gig.
i take no medicines
I know how you feel, when I get nervous my mouth is as dry as a dessert! I just drink water, but it doesnt really help.. I just tried lightly biting on the side of my tongue and instantly I felt saliva. I think I will try that for my next performance.
I get dry mouth before auditions and solo performances, my teacher has made me stuff kleenex in my mouth, sit for a minute, take the kleenex out and play cold so I can learn to deal with dry mouth, when you think about there is no reason this should effect your trumpet playing
When I was in college I would get dry mouth before and during recitals I had to play for. I had a couple of disasters that totally humiliated me. For me, the dryness was emotional... fear, nerves, stress...etc. After the humiliating episodes which I have since repressed (lol) I eventually adopted the attitude ... "after that what could possibly happen that is worse than what I already experienced."
As my confidence grew my nerves got better and dry mouth wasn't as much of a problem. Never bothers me now at age 48. Anyway, that was my experience with dry mouth.
BTW, I started taking a glass of water with me on the stage to drink just in case. I don't think I ever drank any during the recitals. It's been too long ago to remember for sure.
Try chewing gum when you're not playing your horn!
hän Norja koomikko!! (he's a norwegian comedian).
Many trumpeters have a dry mouth at the beginning of a performance, but very few after settling in. 2-3 minutes should be more than enough time to settle in. You described your problem as occurring every time you play.The next advice is more psychological than physiological and I am by no means a psychologist, but rather a well-read trumpet teacher.
The big question for you would be: "Do I have permission to succeed with the trumpet?"
I believe that our "inner voices" can subtly effect us but if we adopt a warrior attitude in practice and performance we can meet our core values.
One of the life lessons that playing the trumpet can teach is what Bruno Walter called "impulse of will."
In other words: work through your problem.
Is it a possibility that some medication is causing the problem?