Relaxed breath and valsalva maneuver, concentration and calmness

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by mptrumpet, Jun 18, 2015.

  1. gunshowtickets

    gunshowtickets Forte User

    Mar 11, 2015
    Tidewater, VA
    I read a pretty good strategy for dealing with attacks on high notes. Write in (writing is the important part, you have to see it) a couple of notes on the scale of whatever key you're in before your entrance. The notes will be "tacit", but you're going to hear them, maybe even finger the valve combinations just before your actual entrance. E.g., piece is in G, your entrance is on C in the middle of the staff, write in G, A, B just before your entrance on C.
    It's worth a go, yes?
  2. Msen

    Msen Piano User

    Dec 28, 2011
    I live in the Horn
    Hey, try to relax. You play the trumpet and that's wonderful. Do not overcomplicate things. Trumpet is as easy as breathing. You don't have to teach yourselve to breath. You know how to do this from day 1.

    If you smoke try to not have a cig 2 - 3 hours before you pick up the horn.
    Have a drink, not tea. Make it a Long Island iced tea :)
    Go to a public place, and play there. I play in a park.

    I did that to overcome the fear of performing on stage

    Have confidence, in everything you do, not just playing the trumpet. What's the worst thing that can happen?
  3. mptrumpet

    mptrumpet New Friend

    Jun 17, 2015
    Wow guys! Never thought I'd get so many replies. I will try all of the above. I'm about to purchase the book ''The inner game of tennis'', read it and see what I get out of it. I'm going to vacation soon, where I'll have much time to think about air, calm down and relax a little bit. Just going to take my vintage rotary flugelhorn with me, to play some tunes for the neighbours. I really haven't done that in a long time. Maybe it will help. Thanks to all of you!
  4. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Tension is a root evil in most trumpeters and it shows in various ways. Reducing tension is most of what I teach and I think that it could help you.

    1) try taking a hot shower for 15-20 minutes and then play long tones and easy slurs while you are still "hot". Notice a difference?
    2) Vulgano Brother mentioned the circle of breath. This is a visualization that I use to highlight the fact that we should NOT hold our air in, we need to visualize our bearthing as a circle, the left side going up is inhale, and right side going down is exhale. Note that the top and bottom of a real circle have no bumps or irregularities. So it should also be with our air. The transition from inhale to exhale should be smooth and "force" free. If you have an opportunity to se a year old baby sleep, you can clearly see that this is a very natural way to breath that we have "unlearned". We need to return to this.
    3) daily routine: I firmly believe that we need a routine of long tones, easy slurs and easy melodies EVERY DAY. The simple melodies can be from a church hymnbook or for those interested in jazz, from a fake book. This daily routine should be performed early in our daily playing, where we are still fresh. After the daily routine, repertory is a great place to continue, at the end of our daily practice I recommend technical studies played very softly.
    4) life style: sleep is our friend as is eating reasonably minimizing sugar and salt. I find that salt makes our lips "less pliable". It takes more work to get them to reliably buzz.
    5) attitude: This cannot really be learned. If you don't have it, you just have to do things in life that reinforce how you feel about yourself. For many, attitude just appears one day. I have a system of rewards for achieved goals. This is VERY important! It can be a wellness day with a massage, going out to eat, a trip to some romantic place or simply a day without practicing. rewarding yourself for reached goals is a VERY good way of reinforcing good working habits.
  5. Tomaso

    Tomaso Pianissimo User

    Oct 2, 2014
    New York City
    Before I played brass I played woodwinds, and studied flute with the principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera orch.
    One day he told me to not put my flute away but leave it in its stand, assembled, and to just pick it up once in a while throughout the day and blow one note only, preferable a higher note.
    I didn't figure out the significance of his instruction for a while, but aftwer doing it for two weeks the genius of his method dawned on me.

    From what you've described I think you might want to try the same thing with your trumpet. Remember - one note only. Tongued or not doesn't matter, but hitting the note nice and firmly without stumbling for it is what you're after.


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