Is it best to alternate "heavy" and "light" days, rather than have stagnant routine?

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  1. Vstern

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    Re: Is it best to alternate "heavy" and "light" days, rather than have stagnant rout

    For the most part, I do get all my vitamins. Essentially, I just do what that packet says, and it covers just about everything. I'm asking if it's bad or good to do the same routine everyday. I'm asking because maybe it's bad to get too accustomed to a routine. But then again, whether the pill is red or blue makes no difference if they do the same thing. And with that I have answered my own question. But thanks for the advice everyone; I will stick to what I already do and maybe tweak a few things.
     
  2. AaronPlaysTrumpet

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    Re: Is it best to alternate "heavy" and "light" days, rather than have stagnant rout

    Although I've never put this into practice, one thought that has occurred to me was to create a weekly practice routine as opposed to a daily one. The core of it would cover each essential element of trumpet playing (lips, air, tongue, fingers) at least a little every day. But different days would be "specialized" for particular exercises, just like a weightlifter will trade off days working different muscle groups. In this hypothetical routine, I'd practice a lot of heavy duty lip slurs some days, extra long tones on others, extra articulation exercises, range, etc. etc. I always thought it'd be a great way to cover all your bases, add variety each day, and plan around rehearsals, gigs, and most of our other daily duties and hobbies. But like I said, I've never put this into practice. I've been sticking with daily routines (heavy vs. light on no set schedule) for years.

    Just a thought.
     
  3. trickg

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    Re: Is it best to alternate "heavy" and "light" days, rather than have stagnant rout

    I take the same approach - my practice revolves around how my chops are feeling. There have been days when nothing seems to work and rather than continue to beat myself up, I just put it away. There are other days where I'm really heavy on the technical side of the horn, and other days when I work mostly music...it just depends on the day.
     
  4. Vulgano Brother

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    Perfect! The trick is to venture outside the box just enough to see what works and what doesn't; preserve what already works and discover what works better--then change!
     
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    Re: Is it best to alternate "heavy" and "light" days, rather than have stagnant rout

    dude.... your "heavy" day is 45 minutes??
     
  6. Vstern

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    Yes it is on average, but I rest in between each objective.
     
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    Quit the fawning!! VB's got enough rep points already!! Gabriel's holding a spot for him.
     
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    I need all the reputation points I can get if I can ever hope to get a date with Jennifer Aniston!
     

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