Practice on show day

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by just, Jul 17, 2015.

  1. just

    just Pianissimo User

    Dec 26, 2013
    Hello everyone!

    Lately I have been playing in a lot of bands and shows and I was wondering what you guys do as a routine before the show (I mean the same day). I usually just do a warm up in the morning to be "fresh" during the show (these gigs usually last for 1,5h, depends on the band and usually I finish tired) but I don't know if that's the best approach so I hope you more experienced players can give me a couple tips.


  2. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    I just warm up before the show itself if I figure it will be a tough blow. Otherwise, I'll play my normal routine stuff, taking it a bit easier.
  3. BrassBandMajor

    BrassBandMajor Fortissimo User

    Jan 13, 2015
    I do some lip buzzing for couple of minutes.
    Chromatic Scales, Long Notes and Scales.
    Done. That's what I do.
  4. Dennis78

    Dennis78 Fortissimo User

    Feb 1, 2015
    Being in a community band I just do some basics because we do a dress rehearsal before our shows most of the time and I don't want to be blown out before I have to perform. If we don't have rehersals I will just do a quick run through of the set
  5. trickg

    trickg Utimate User

    Oct 26, 2003
    Before I leave for the gig, I do a basic warm-up to get the chops moving - that's it. Basic articulation, some scales, some basic flexibilities - just enough so that any stiffness my chops might have had is gone. Usually only 5-10 minutes worth. Then the horn goes in the case.

    The net result is that if there is no opportunity to play at all before the gig starts, (fairly common playing in a wedding band due to the fact that often times we are restricted on noise, and we don't always have a place we can go to get away from what's going on with the wedding) it's ok - within the first couple of lines, the chops are right where they need to be.
  6. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    I play my 30-45 minute daily routine AT HOME. I do not noisepollute the stage by warming up at the gig location! I am only playing for the sound check if there is no rehearsal!

    You make a lot of friends when you just come, do the job and then leave quietly.
  7. SteveRicks

    SteveRicks Fortissimo User

    Aug 15, 2009
    Played opening for a show last night. Couple of scales and lip slurs for 3-4 minutes before heading out the door. About 1 minute of whatever I feel like at call time, then wait until the overture. This play runs about 2 1/2 hours so I don't want to do much to wear down chops (I play as a hobby so don't spend normally spend hours on the horn each day). Play makes for a long day for my chops.
  8. Rapier

    Rapier Forte User

    Jul 18, 2011
    If it's a concert I usually play all of it, at sometime during the day. If it's a run of a show, then just 30 minutes or so at home during the day.
  9. Bay Area Brass

    Bay Area Brass Piano User

    Mar 2, 2007
    San Francisco
    I don't do any practicing the day of a performance or gig other than a warm up at the gig beforehand.
  10. cb5270

    cb5270 Pianissimo User

    Jul 20, 2013
    I"m in 3 community bands, nothing too strenuous and I'm not a pro. For me, early in the day I do 20 minutes of long tones and easy flow studies, rest, then easy lip slurs, maybe some arpeggios, usually up to top of the staff G, Bb if I'm having a good day. I want to be limber not stiff and I can always use more practice. If you're at my level a similar routine should be good.

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