Marching Band Killed Me

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  1. degree210

    degree210 New Friend

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    I have no idea what to do anymore, I have tried everything i can think of to make my problem go away, from different excersises I have done in the past to help with this with no luck...

    After I marched in the Memorial Day Parade, my playing has never been the same, notes that I can usually just hit any time I want, won't come out. Notes like C, D, and E on the staff... It feels like I have lost all sense of control on my horn and my tone flexibilty are completely gone. I don't know what to do, I have pulled from flexibilty studies from the Arban's and books of the same, along with scales and mouthpiece buzzing. Just about everything I could think of I have tried with no success yet. :-(

    However, my range is the same as it has always been... This is very discouraging to me and my practice, I have no idea what direction to go in. Any ideas? :dontknow:
     
  2. Dave Hughes

    Dave Hughes Mezzo Forte User

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    Long tones. Listen to your playing and feel your embouchure...Long tones.
     
  3. s.coomer

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    I agree with long tones, but I might also add some simple hymns played softly. Please remember that soft playing can be your friend.
     
  4. kehaulani

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    Why don't you take a couple of days, or even a week, off? Seems like you might have over done things a bit. Do you have any pressing engagements that would keep you from giving your chops a rest?
     
  5. gmonady

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    Deep brusing from bouncing trauma to the lip is another possibility. This will take 6 weeks to resolve on average.
     
  6. Dave Hughes

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  7. mike ansberry

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    This exercise has helped me immensely. I've been playing this way for over a year. I started it to get better endurance, but it has improved my sound and intonation as well. Whe I do it, I just let my cheeks puff out. Way out. Then I pull them in only using the muscles Rusty talks about in the post. I think it will help you find your embouchure again.

    19/30s exercise explained - View topic: Trumpet Herald forum
     
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  8. amzi

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    I agree with taking a rest--at least a week then start back low, slow and soft. Don't force anything. Plenty of rest breaks when you are practicing.
     
  9. kingtrumpet

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    lots of good advice --- MY experience teaches me that YOUR frustration will also hinder your recovery --- too much stress, and frustration will get in the way of long soft tones. I also discovered over the past 4 years, --- those times when I "did something" to my lips --- and the horn playing just sucks --- it is ALWAYS RECOVERABLE --- but pushing too much, too fast -- to get back EVERYTHING in 1 day -- will just set you back!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hope that helps.
     

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