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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by hhsTrumpet, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. hhsTrumpet

    hhsTrumpet Piano User

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    I've been having horrible endurance problems for the past week. My chops start swelling up only 10 minutes into my practice session (before I'm even done with my warm ups!). I could usually practice for at least an hour. I have not changed anything in my playing, so I cannot see as to why this is happening. What could be causing this problem? How should I deal with it?
     
  2. mctrumpet98

    mctrumpet98 Pianissimo User

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    I can think of three possibilities:

    - Have you been doing any intensive trumpeting? Maybe your chops are just asking for a break?
    - Or perhaps, maybe you've been doing intensive range exercises or playing works that are very hard range-wise (or both)? If so, perhaps ease off on it.
    - A third option is perhaps you could be using too much pressure, which also causes the lips to swell.

    It could be a combination of these.
     
  3. mctrumpet98

    mctrumpet98 Pianissimo User

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    But really you should get your teacher to check it out - a one on one consultation with this sort of thing would really be your best bet.
     
  4. hhsTrumpet

    hhsTrumpet Piano User

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    -No. Just as much as I usually practice.
    -No. I haven't worked on range in a while.
    -Probably not, as that is usually not a problem.
     
  5. hhsTrumpet

    hhsTrumpet Piano User

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    Yea, I will. I just want to get back to my normal playing asap. Thanks for your input!
     
  6. hhsTrumpet

    hhsTrumpet Piano User

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    Today, I got a double buzz for the first time in my life. I can't properly sustain a pitch! Help please! What should i do? I feel like my embouchure is collapsing.
     
  7. gmonady

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    10 minutes of swelling that is new into a normal rehearsal time sounds like it could be medical, such as contact dermatitis. Is there bare brass that is exposed through the usual plating? Is there pain associated? Do you notice any lumps or bubbles or nodules forming around your lips? Is there referred symptoms or swelling at other points (like into your jaw)? Is there nasal drainage associated? How long does the swelling last? Have you started any new medications? Any change in diet, such as shell fish, or nuts you have not been exposed to in the past? I think this may be more medical than endurance and that is concerning.
     
  8. hhsTrumpet

    hhsTrumpet Piano User

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    No to all of your questions. The swelling does not last for that long, but starts up again after I resume my playing.
     
  9. duanemassey

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    Take a break for a few days. Even pro athletes will take a few days off from training from time to time.
     
  10. hhsTrumpet

    hhsTrumpet Piano User

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    I am performing in a jazz festival on Friday, so I'll have to wait till thats over. But I'll make sure I do that this weekend.
     

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