Mental Problems

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by VetPsychWars, May 29, 2012.

  1. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    As much of my teaching is body use and very student specific, I prefer individual lessons. Then I am sure that the message is understood and can move on to the next thing.
     
  2. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Fortissimo User

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    Thanks for the advice so far but please do remember this happens in the practice room as well... it is not specific to performance, which is why I called it a mental problem.

    Tom
     
  3. Ed Lee

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    This past school year I've been working only with 5th grade beginners and I'm not sure that any of the 4 of them would fully understand a problem they have but at this stage I do believe more than 90% for all of them is proper breathing. Not to say the least is proper care and maintenance of their instrument which from my experience doesn't get much better until about their senior high school year despite what they're told and shown.
     
  4. rowuk

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    Tom,
    try practicing after a shower. Let me know what you think.
     
  5. kehaulani

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    My first reaction was, like Ed mentioned, added tension from the group environment. Tension will wear you down quickly.
    Great breathing comments from Rowuk . . . but putting some of this off on the conductor? Come on, now.
     
  6. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Fortissimo User

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    Well, I practice at work (can't play in my apartment) the first thing after I arrive... so that's within 45 minutes of a shower. Does that count?

    Tom
     
  7. bumblebee

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    If this happens more when you play music rather than when you are doing, say, Arban exercises, would you be willing to video yourself playing some music and letting (some) TMers see this in case there is something they might pick up to advise on?

    Alternatively, are there accomplished players in your concert band who might be able to comment on your playing (but were never asked)?

    --bumblebee
     
  8. VetPsychWars

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    I've reached out to a local professor of trumpet to see if he'll do a private lesson for me.

    Tom
     
  9. Phil986

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    Most interesting thread I've seen in a long time in the discussion forum. I find it interesting that this is an issue related with music rather than performance situations, i.e. that the same problem happens with music vs exercises, whether it is with the band or in the practice room. That would actually point away from a purely mental problem and toward playing technique (I should say applied technique perhaps).

    I do experience some level of the same problem. It gets a lot better once I am familiar with the piece. I believe that breathing is the most important factor. Once I know where to breathe and have the air I need for each phrase, no more, nor less, it becomes a lot better.
     
  10. mike ansberry

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    Yea. What he said.

    Also, here is a link to a threat on the oTHer sight.

    http://www.trumpetherald.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=103078&highlight=1930s

    Rusty Russel posted it a while back. I've been doing these for about a year, and I've had great results with increased endurance. Having said that, I did blow myself out during the first set last Friday. The band was really loud and I played too loud trying to hear myself. That can really make a difference.
     
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