Exercises while traveling??

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  1. oldlips48

    oldlips48 Piano User

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    I'm going to be traveling for a few days next week and I'm not going to be able to take my trumpet. If I can only take my mpc, what are some good exercises I can do?
     
  2. tunefultrumpet

    tunefultrumpet Pianissimo User

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    just about anything you normally practice could be played on the mouthpiece on its own. I find mthpce only practice more taxing than playing on the horn so I would be careful not to over do it.....or leave it behind, a complete break can sometimes be more beneficial than we realise.
     
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    long tones, intervals "smeared" (like a police siren) and of course tunes.

    If this happens on a regular basis, a pocket trumpet and practice mute could be VERY helpful!
     
  4. Markie

    Markie Forte User

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    Hi Oldlips,
    My 5 year old daughter and I make siren noises, do silly call and responses and try to play along with the radio while I drive. Also if you cup the end piece of the mouthpiece(hand position is like how a person holds a harmonica) you can create a vibrato or wha wha sound and make goofy duck noises. Just don't block the hole or try it while driving. Its a fun way to keep the lips in shape.
     
  5. Al Innella

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    Play some long tones and slurs for only about 5 to 10 minutes , without the resistance from trumpet to help keep your embouchure together, too much mouthpiece only playing will cause your lips to spread too far apart.
     
  6. SpiritDCI08

    SpiritDCI08 Piano User

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    I usually do my normal routine on my piece
    Long tones, slurs, and hymns
    I close my eyes to imagine the horn right in front of me
    Listen to Rowuk's comment about a pocket trumpet
    I really need one myself, I always find myself traveling
    without any spare room for my trumpet :(

    Hope it all works out

    When in doubt, Buzz it out!!!
     
  7. tedh1951

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    When I travel - and it happens quite often - up to 4 months per year (cumulative time) I carry a Weril Pocket trumpet and a bubble mute as carry-on baggage, and use ROWUK's practice regime.
     
  8. SpiritDCI08

    SpiritDCI08 Piano User

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    What exactly is that?
     
  9. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Spirit,
    long tones on the mouthpiece and trumpet, easy slurs, easy tunes. 10 minutes of each and ONLY played very softly.
     
  10. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

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    Thanks Robin,

    I've had router meltdown and been offline for a few hours. Spirit - what he said.

    Ted
     

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