I'm having a tough time

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by jazz9, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. bigaggietrumpet

    bigaggietrumpet Mezzo Forte User

    Jan 23, 2004
    Nazareth, PA
    Sometimes I have to take a break, as well. As Rowuk said (and you should definitely pay attention to everything he said), we're using muscles around the lips to control the embrochure. And yes, there is definitely a decline when you miss a day. But sometimes it's just unavoidable. For instance, last semester I pulled a brutal weekend of a concert band rehearsal at midday, followed by a basketball game that night. Then another midday basketball game that Saturday, followed by a church performance on Sunday, and then a really rough rehearsal on Monday at midday (we were playing a piece that had us playing really long high notes, can't remember for the life of me what it was called). I tried playing Tuesday. Didn't happen, I was just too fatigued. Which kinda comes around to my point: like Rowuk said, we're going for a marathon kind of strength. But marathon runners don't constantly push themselves to their max limits day after day. Yes, they run everyday, but some days they push harder, and some days they cover maybe 80% of what they did the day before. That way, they still ran and exercised, but because they didn't push themselves to the absolute limit, they allowed their muscles to relax. Same deal here. As someone else said, you must practice intelligently. Hang in there, and good luck on the audition.
  2. confuoco

    confuoco Pianissimo User

    Nov 11, 2007
    Great advice jhatpro! I need to find my timer ;-)

  3. jazz9

    jazz9 Piano User

    Dec 5, 2007
    Chilhowie, VA
    Ok, I tried out today and didn't do as well as I hoped, but I'm #3 in the District. I messed up on one of the scales, but I still qualified for State! Thanks everyone for the help!
  4. tatakata

    tatakata Mezzo Forte User

    May 29, 2007
    Good for you! :bravo:


    BADBOY-DON Piano User

    Jan 23, 2004
    Gig Harbor Wa.
    After reading all this...why not seek from HELP FROM ABOVE.
    Go to The Elysian Trumpet
    and see what Irvin Mayfield has done to assure that his beautiful new Elysian work of art is sank-tee-fid-ed'

    (Uhh, humm...with that lofty thought....perhaps I too...need to take my beloved ol Callet down to my local Bishop of Canterwood' here in Gig haaaba and have it blessed. The way I have been playing lately....it sure couldn't hurt?
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2007
  6. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    Oops! There are really no excuses for messing up scales. None. Scales are the backbone of music, and mastery of scales is required for all styles of music, and all genres except perhaps stochastic and 12-tone music, and it doesn't hurt there, either.

    Practice your scales!

    p.s. Congratulations on making it to State!

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