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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by bamajazzlady, Aug 15, 2012.
How true or false is it when people say any time off from trumpet is the death of a trumpet player?
If that was true, there'd be no such thing as a comeback player. Sure it'd help not having time off but I've seen many a great comeback player. So completely false in my opinion.
My wife hasn't buried me yet, and I'm not yet selling my brass instruments. First lapse was about 45 years, second lapse about a year following heart and dental issues, and now I'm nearing a month involving hearing issues which is becoming critical if I don't recover my hearing by September when I've planned to resume tutoring. Third appointment with Otolaryngologist tomorrow morning.
Some time off is good, to allow recovery. But think of the Olympians - time off training = No Medals - below par performance. It is up to you and your goals.
A lot of people run and enjoy it, not all win Gold Medals. But to be the best, practice and pushing with the best coach or mentor is paramount.
Comebacks are great, but continual playing is better! Life's choices.
Like lifting weights, use it or loose it. Muscle memory, strength, endurance
I took 19 years off.... uh oh.
Time off can be the death of a trumper player, it depends how long you are taking... Like Buck said, if you don't use it you can start to loose it and it'll just get worse and worse the more time off you take. THEN if you come back you lost some of your ability and getting frustrated I could see it leading to someone putting their trumpet on the shelf.
BUT a trumpet player can always get resurected with proper patience and practice! (Like myself...)
This time I lost two or three notes off my upper register, which wasn't all that spectacular to begin with( first C above the staff, and possibly a D occassionally)
Been off the Horns about 7 months. Teeth problems/low back etc. Hope to start back soon. Right back to long tones and Arban 1&II books with First Clark Studies by Carl Fisher.
Oh the agony of it all. Just the way the ball of life bounces sometimes. HaHa
I have taken time off on 2 occasions. 1-right after I graduated college, player burn out.(2 years), 2-Recently moved to a new area with a new job, new schedule, 3 kids etc. took 3 years off. each time I came back just fine.