I Nearly Faint When Playing Low Notes. Help

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  1. Passion

    Passion Pianissimo User

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    Everytime I play my sisters tuba I get high or something! I'm all light headed and fuzzy.

    And so also I practice slurs in the low tones. Every single time I get these yawn attacks. I yawn so much that I cant get enough air and I get lightheaded until I use my inhaler. Why? I exercise and this never happens, only when I play trumpet low notes. It's almost like an asthma attack, but more like a yawn attack. It's so hard to breath when playing low notes. And I not breathing correctly or do I just have weak lungs?
     
  2. Sofus

    Sofus Forte User

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    Does this happen when you play one, long note,
    or does it happen when you play a long sequence
    of long notes?
     
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Hyperventilation is not good for anybody. It just means that your chops are weak and a lot of air is being lost and not turned into sound!
    Long tones and slurs played VERY softly are the cure.

    Oh and be careful, if you pass out while playing the tuba, it can get expensive.
     
  4. Passion

    Passion Pianissimo User

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    Lulz. Trust me, Ill never play a tuba again.
     
  5. Passion

    Passion Pianissimo User

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    Both.
     
  6. deadicon

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    the world

    in another post you talk about practicing the carnival of venice?:dontknow:
     
  7. Sofus

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    I suspect hyperventilation as well.

    Try breathing like that without any mouthpiece.
    Just breathe heavily into the instrument in the
    same way as when you´re playing. If the same
    thing happens then, there´s a good chance that
    it´s a case of hyperventilation.
     
  8. Pseudonym

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    I'd agree with Rowuk on this one, only because logic'n through this, I don't yawn anymore. Back when I was in middle school, I'd yawn constantly when we'd have a C below the staff, or anything below the staff really. It's just the fact that you're losing oxygen and your brain is interpreting that as

    "oh noez, I need to breathe! *turns on yawn-mech*"


    Now the only time I ever yawn is in the first minute of warming up, because I do breathing exercises through the instrument to warm up my lungs / diaphragm and trumpet and mouthpiece as well.

    Don't worry, you'll get there! Just take it slow. Rowuk's cure for anything on this forum seems to be "playing below the staff, but at pianissimo" and I'm just getting tired of hearing it. :)
     
  9. Passion

    Passion Pianissimo User

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    Yeah, I'm learning to play it but I'm not a beast or anything! I play loads softer and it's way easier to play low notes now.
     
  10. BennyBGoode

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    Geez, I'm starting with the trombone, what will happen to me?
     

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