embouchure developement

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  1. oldlou

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    With my age related progressive debility keeping me from being able to perform much of the house and yard maintenance I have started to spend a much greater amount of time with a mouthpiece against my face. With this greater amount of chop developement has come all of the advantages that I knew would be there, but, what is surprising to me is that with greater lip strength I also find that I am playing with much less mouthpiece pressure. Of course, my range and control have drastically improved, along with more precise tongue and finger control. My wish is that I could regain the strength and control of my legs and feet. OLD AGE AIN'T FOR SISSIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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  2. Alex_C

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    Congrats!
     
  3. Ed Lee

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    Old Lou,

    100% = old age ain't for sissies! Had to hire lawn maintenance and other tasks I have the ability but not present capability to accomplish. Too, need maximum repair now of this body of mine, and that ain't for "sissies" to confront.

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  4. tpsiebs

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    That's an unfortunate tradeoff. It sort of makes you think twice about saying stuff like, "I'd give anything to, . . . ".

    Lou, live in the present and focus on the positives of improved trumpet playing.

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  5. rowuk

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    If you finger through the tougher stuff without blowing on the horn, your technique gets better too.

    Some older people that I have taught play better after a bath, shower or massage. Their body use was better due to the more "relaxed" state.

    Most important is the rewards that we plan for (not only trumpet) goals accomplished. We really have to do nice things for ourselves when we behave. It reinforces the good and gives us additional motivation to keep moving.

    My dads sense of balance (after a stroke) really limits his ability to walk. He goes to the gym a couple times a week and is hell on wheels with the exercize bike though. Going out to dinner with my stepmom afterwards is a real reward for a job well done, even if his balance didn't improve.
     
  6. tedh1951

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    Robin, have you thought it might be the wine? :huh:
     
  7. rowuk

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    There is a lot to be said for ONE glass of fine (red)wine regularly. There are oxidants that our body needs, an explosion of taste that can be truly inspirational, a bit of alcohol to help with the digestion, flavinoids,resveratrol, quercetin, wine dilates the small blood vessels and helps to prevent angina and clotting. The alcohol in wine additionally helps balance cholesterol towards the good type.

    The keys to the beneficial aspects of wine drinking are like playing high notes: regularity and moderation.

    Yes, the wine is an important factor!
     
  8. Lupis

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    What was your range then, and now?
     
  9. oldlou

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    The C above the staff to the F above that.


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  10. tedh1951

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    Hmmm, playing "The Last Post" would have been a bitch with your range limited like that. ;-)
     

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