Tense shoulder/left arm in general while playing

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by funBox, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. Bob Grier

    Bob Grier Forte User

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    Funbox, if your grip is distorted because of an old injury, I'm sure this is causing the extra tension. If you haven't already I would check with a specialist and see if there is some kind of brace you can use. Or a more comfortable grip. Or check out the "Ergobone" Go to the ergobone web site. It's a support system for trumpets and bones.
     
  2. funBox

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    Thanks Bob, I'll do that now! :D
     
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Body tension can have a lot of sources from simple bad habits to compensation for posture problems. Just "trying stuff out" is not a very good way to analyse the situation. We need to find out if this is just a "bad habit" or if we really have another issue. I often have students with tension issues take a 20 minute hot bath and then practice. The body is very relaxed and that makes it easy to identify sources of tension - even unrelated to playing. This and other techniques helps us to zero in on the problem instead of the symptom. The rest is then up to the player, their dedication and basic attitude.
     
  4. funBox

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    Hey guys,

    I brought this problem up in my lesson today, and my teacher confirmed that part of the problem was indeed my wrist being bent, as well as the fact that had my elbow cocked out, so the majority of the weight was being put on my shoulder instead of the bicep.

    I will try this new form out for a week and get back to you guys with the results.

    Thanks again for all the input!

    -Brandon
     

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