Is my endurance normal?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Patrick9654, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. Satchmo Brecker

    Satchmo Brecker Piano User

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    I'm a relative newbie (7 months on trumpet now). I found this routine to really help, so much so I'm actually amazed at my own progress (compared just to myself when I first began - could barely squeak out E on the staff, can now hit B/C above the staff pretty solidly).

    Wed/Th/Fri - maybe 30 minutes a day total practice in 15 minute chunks (mostly because I'm fidgety and can't sit still much longer) - long tones, light lip slurs, easy chromatics, a few etudes

    Sat/Sun - have more time so I'll do maybe 2 hours total per day, again in 15 minute chunks throughout the whole day. This time though I'll really hammer away at lip slurs, "climbing chromatics", scales, etc. so that on Sunday my lips are pretty tired.

    Mon/Tues, sometimes Wed - no practice whatsoever.

    I'll then come back the next day and I can really tell a difference.
     
  2. kingtrumpet

    kingtrumpet Utimate User

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    I think it depends on age and your physical health. I'm 45 and back at it for 22 months now -- I can do a 3+hr . practice, but like others -- I play for 10 minutes and rest for a few. If I do a hard practice -- lots of tonguing, slurs, and higher range ---- then I sometimes have to do a few lighter, softer days, with limited range. BUT, I am pushing myself as much as I can (without injury) - and it has been a long gradual process to come that far.
    An hour is GREAT! I wouldn't stress about that, as long as you are improving, and you are happy playing.
     
  3. DanoTman

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  4. leftmid7

    leftmid7 Mezzo Piano User

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    I really think being in good cardiovascular shape helps tremendously. It would take me a good week to get back into it if I hadn't played in awhile and the first day I could always count on 'mush mouth.' After playing soccer now for several years and running as well(not super hardcore I'm talking 2-3 times a week), I have noticed a huge difference in the amount of time it takes to 'get back' and endurance as well. When you have a healthy set of lungs and diaphragm supplying a good air stream, it goes such a long way in augmenting your lip strength.
     
  5. Satchmo Brecker

    Satchmo Brecker Piano User

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    You know, that's something I wonder about. What you said makes sense and makes me want to exercise. On the other hand have you seen the belly on Arturo and Maynard (when he was with us)? Makes me NOT want to exercise.
     
  6. leftmid7

    leftmid7 Mezzo Piano User

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    Hahaha, Satchmo. I have noticed that as well that 'big' men seem able to scream easily. I bet the belly helps generate that air stream, but I would not want to have their heart when I hit 50!
     

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