practicing while on a business trip

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  1. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

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    I use the Harmon with a pocket trumpet and spend a lot of time in hotel rooms - never a complaint, and the airlines don't seem to mind the pocket trumpet as carry-on.
     
  2. gbdeamer

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    Same here. The only thing I was ever stopped and questioned for was a mouthpiece. I had an extra one in my computer bag and a security guy in Madrid pulled me aside and started questioning me. Fortunately as soon as I started buzzing it a supervisor recognized what I was doing and let me go.
     
  3. Mark Green

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    One of the cheapest practice mute accessories ever: one unused kleenex. Stuff it inside your [tube-removed] harmon mute so it loosely drapes over the tube hole. It makes the harmon SUPER-QUIET yet blows more freely than most practice mutes. And if you have one of those harmons (like the Harmon brand mute) that won't let the low-F# sound, it's cool because you can make a good low F# with the tissue in there. And you can play high and use big airflow without blowback, and without disturbing people.
     
  4. alextrumpet

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    I found that many hotels were super cool with letting me "borrow" a banquet room or unused dining room for a one hour practice. I was a flight attendant and traveled the world living in hotels......rooms can be too finicky for roommates and/or neighbors. I suggest strolling down to the conference room area or banquet hall and asking someone. I never got refused and was always treated with respect.
     
  5. jonterman

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    Just came back from Fla, had the same set up...worked great.
     
  6. tedh1951

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    I like this idea - I normally opt for apartment style accomodation which often has no conference or ballroom facilities, but I might just give this a shot - I like practising in BIG rooms.
     
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  7. Mark Green

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    If you're on a business trip and you have a rental car, practice in the car. I practice in the car all the time -- on a short lunch break I can drive over to a nearby parking lot and blow for half an hour. Acoustics and posture are lousy - kind of like playing in some nightclubs. Nothing wrong with hearing yourself play in the least flattering environments, it's like swinging two bats when you're on deck. I told Edward Carroll this once in a master class and he thought I was nuts but at least it gives me a chance to practice when better facilities are not available.
     
  8. tedh1951

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    Ahhh Edward Carroll ..... very astute assessor of the human condition. ;-)
     
  9. Gunner

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    I alway had trouble getting the Silent Brass mute in my Jupiter Pocket trumpet right. They have a smaller bell.
     
  10. jiarby

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    A Faxx practice mute fits perfectly in my Jupiter 416BL Pocket Trumpet.

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