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  1. Jmiacobucci

    Jmiacobucci New Friend

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    I am going on a vacation which will last roughly 7 long day! These days I cannot play my trumpet... What can I do to keep my endurance... and overall embouchure intact? I gave buzzing on my mouthpiece a thought but are there any particular exercises I should look into on the mouthpiece? I just hate not having the horn there for 7 days... Could this possibly beneficial if I buzzed daily? ( this is something I normally never do )

    Thanks so much!:thumbsup:
     
  2. Adela

    Adela New Friend

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    Hi,
    I am new here.
    It is my 3rd post.
    Thanks to all member of this forum.
     
  3. Sterling

    Sterling Mezzo Forte User

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    Long tones are good on just mouthpiece. Try a Zen-like approach, ie. keep sound as pure as possible, no vibrato, don't waver pitchwise. If you are near a piano, play a pitch on piano, match that pitch, hold out for as long as possible, then see if the pitch changed by playing the pitch on the piano again.
     
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    walldaja Pianissimo User

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  5. trickg

    trickg Utimate User

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    Do you gig regularly? Truthfully, I wouldn't worry about it that much. I went on a 7 day cruise last summer and didn't even bother to take a mouthpiece, much less my horn, and I had a gig the day after I got back. The day I got back, I did two shorter practice sessions where I focused on my chops focus and air flow. I did this with basic single tonguing articulation exercises. I did a nice warmup the afternoon of my gig, went to my gig the next night, (playing rock and roll horn lines for a party band - a gig that can be quite taxing) and played by bootie off, almost like I hadn't taken a week off.

    Go on vacation and have it BE a vacation - don't worry about your chops. They aren't going to mysteriously evaporate just because you took a week off, and if you structure your practices right, you'll be right back in the swing of it within a week.
     
  6. larry tscharner

    larry tscharner Forte User

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    What took decades to develope wont disappear in a week. You will be fine in a short time. Dont sweat the minor stuff and have a great vacation. When you get back you will be supprised at how much hasnt changed. Worst case scenerio you'l miss your baby more than she missed you!
     
  7. Pete Anderson

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    When I was thinking about doing a 6 month hike, I was planning on bringing one of these. It's just a plastic tube of about the same diameter of a trumpet's tubing (chop it down till it's in Bb) , a funnel on the end, stick a mouthpiece in it and you're good to go.

    Obviously not as good as the real thing, but I think it's a better alternative than free buzzing or mp buzzing. Though I kind of shudder to think what effects playing only on one of these for 6 months would have on the chops and your sound....

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