Rowuk is the biggest idiot here!

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by rowuk, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. Dr.Mark

    Dr.Mark Mezzo Forte User

    Apr 5, 2011
    Hi rowuk,
    You stated:
    "I fart with enough pressure for a double C. Wind is a big issue these days."
    Oh No!! This is one of the hallmarks of the old. You've got bowels on the brain.
    I'll leave you with some humor but don't bust a stich!
    The heart, brain, and anus were having a discussion about who should be the boss.
    The heart said:
    "I should be the boss, I pump all the blood that's needed to make things work."
    The brain said:
    "No, I should be the boss, I do all the thinking."
    The anus said:
    No, I should be the boss, I get rid of all the waste around here.
    The heart and brain just laughed at the anus and this hurt the anus's feelings. With hurt feelings, the anus shut down and quit work. A couple of days later, the brain was a little woozy and the heart was having palptations. The moral of the story?
    Even an asshole can be boss!
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  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    I resemble that...........
  3. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    Na, I'd just consult a gastroenterologist to insert a tube. But your last sentence could still apply as I have found out from using an occasional GI specialist or two.
  4. kingtrumpet

    kingtrumpet Utimate User

    Sep 20, 2009
    New York State USA
    I think that is the only time you can say to the doctor --- "your an a$$hole Doctor" aren't you?" --- -and the Dr. agrees, and replies "yes, I really know my $h1t" and "it pays to know $h1t. ROFL ROFL ROFL
  5. fels

    fels Piano User

    Jun 8, 2008
    Colorado Springs
    Best of health to you Rowuk -- gesundheit.
  6. jake g

    jake g Pianissimo User

    Nov 12, 2009
    welcome back

    I wish you the best and I am sure you will soon be back playing. I recently had open heart surgery and like you I have a little pig skin holding me together. I started playing 6 weeks after the operation and now at 12 weeks I am back playing every day. I was playing the other night and my 18 year grand son was there. He said open your shirt and let me see the scar. After showing him he said. Please do not take off your shirt when you are on stage.
    One side story, I had 2 trumpet players who are attending Berkley in Boston over the night before my surgery. We played until midnight. I was in the hospital the next morning at 6 AM for surgery.
    Good luck
  7. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Re: welcome back

    Yeah, I played for 5 months after the diagnosis. I had 5 days of Britten War Requiem up until the night before my operation. In retrospect it was all pretty stupid. I should have gotten operated on the beginning of September.

  8. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    Colace Doc (docusate sodium) and 2 tablespoons of the liquid work a lot better and faster IMO than a 100 mg tablet. Can't say which was worse, the gallon of liquid prep or the scope getting stuck during my colonoscopy due to rearrangement of my colon during prior AAA surgery. Hopefully, no more tubes up my anus!
  9. Buck with a Bach

    Buck with a Bach Fortissimo User

    Dec 29, 2009
    Canton, Ohio
    I still have a couple years to go on my 5 year club membership,Ed:roll::lol::oops:
  10. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006

    I started playing again on Tuesday. Got about an hours worth of pianissimo long tones, easy slurs and simple tunes. Wednesday was a symphony orchestra rehearsal with Schumanns Rheinische Symphony. I got through OK. The pencil chop exercizes (actually with a plastic drinking straw - I am not looking for a sixpack in my face) seem to have preserved enough face control. Thursday and yesterday were the same as Tuesday. Just really easy stuff to get the coordination back. I suspect that articulation will be the major project for the next 4-8 weeks. As I often preach here, quality playing is a function of synchronizing play, hear, think, control, play.

    My major issue is the difficulty in synchronizing the tongue with my breathing. I can't seem to find the exact transition between inhale and exhale anymore - so this is what I am practicing! It seems to be a function of my breathing and rearranged abdomen. Tongue too early and the air backs up, to late and the articulation sounds like cotton.

    Today I have a gig with a brass quintet where I will for sure walk out wasted. No risk - no fun.

    I have 2 liters more air than before the operation (the stomach is no longer pushing the left lung wing out of the way). I unfortunately still have enough gas to crank out double Cs - in stereo. I hope that this will get better with time.

    So all in all, I have not lost as much as anticipated. Still 3 months not playing is hell. At the rehearsal on Wednesday I told everyone that asked that I finally got my wife back......... My sound is not as good as before, but considering the time off, I am not worried about it. For the "weak" moment the Monette is definitely the easiest axe that I have to play. When your chops are strong, the differences are much smaller and more involving the freedom to be creative. Now it is simple endurance that benefits (greatly).

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