Sweat and Tone Production

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by loudog, Nov 18, 2006.

  1. loudog

    loudog Piano User

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    This past Thursday night, my brass quintet had our concert.

    The conditions in the hall were awful...it had to be near 90 degrees on the stage.

    Both the other trumpet player and I were having some tone production problems. Both of us are sure it was due to the fact that we were sweating. I had a handkerchief (which I usually have with me when I perform) which I used to wipe my lips off periodically, but it still wasn't perfect.

    How do you combat this??

    Louie
     
  2. Manny Laureano

    Manny Laureano Utimate User

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    Yikes, I play with a wet lip so I don't have an answer for you, sorry.

    Anyone else like a shot?

    ML
     
  3. loudog

    loudog Piano User

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    It's just kind of wierd...I wonder if it's partially just being plain HOT while playing, and the sweat being part of the problem. It's really annoying!
     
  4. Nordic Trumpet

    Nordic Trumpet Pianissimo User

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    In hot conditions it's really important to drink enough water both before you start your gig and during the gig. If you're dehydrated you're not going to play well.

    I play with wet lips and still don't like too much sweat on my lips when playing either. I can't imagine though what else would solve that problem other than a handkerchief..
     
  5. trpt2345

    trpt2345 Mezzo Forte User

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    It's one of those things, the show must go on. You just have to deal with whatever is thrown at you. The old timers won't have much sympathy.

    Michael McLaughlin

    The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
    Albert Einstein
     
  6. TheRiddler

    TheRiddler Pianissimo User

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    hmm....

    Try some Old Spice Red Zone... plus your chops will have that 'fresh' scent ;-)

    The H20 and Hankies are the best advice I would say.
     

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