Tips on surviving consecutive tough days of playing?

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  1. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

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    While the advice on those recommendations following this statement quoted are solid and sound, as a medical professional I feel I need to put a realistic perspective on my use of humor in my post of my 3 words of advice.

    First of all if you give two yes answers to any of these four questions:

    Two "yes" responses indicate that the possibility of alcoholism should be investigated further. The questionnaire asks the following questions:
    1. Have you ever felt you needed to Cut down on your drinking?
    2. Have people Annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
    3. Have you ever felt Guilty about drinking?
    4. Have you ever felt you needed a drink first thing in the morning (Eye-opener) to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?[1][2]

    Then DO NOT USE ALCOHOL IN ANY FORM and do visit your physician and share your answers with them. Further evaluation is then warranted.

    The original discussion I isolated from the OP are as follows: "There will be pressure to not take breaks even in rehearsal, because, unfortunately, there are only 9 musicians total in the pit orchestra... I'm prepared to play whenever I can in rehearsal and lay off on anything not important...I may also ask the other player take over lead at times. Any advice on surviving this?"

    I detect anxiety in these responses. Does alcohol help? Uncertain but in some reviews it may:
    Alcohol in orchestras: musicians speak out | Culture | guardian.co.uk
    Alcohol & Music

    In control studies, there are none. Some positive evidence on beta-blockers but in meta-analysis, not so much (See Cochrane Review). In this review SSRI antidepresents show solid evidence for benefit. Problem: They cannot be taken just on the day of the performance and I cannot warrent long term use of any medication for a short duration performance.

    So is alcohol safe to use? It is if the screening questions yield more no than yes answers; AND dosing is minimal. One drink is what I recommend, perhaps a second if the duration of performance is over 4 hours.
    Can it work? In theory it can, but there is no conclusive evidence that it will; however,there is likely more a chance that it will calm nerves if this is leading to a performance anxiety than har of leading to retirement or death as long as it is used wisely and responsibly.
     
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  2. wiseone2

    wiseone2 Artitst in Residence Staff Member

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    This is a trumpet group! My answers are for trumpet players. I stick to the questions.
    Be prepared!

    Wilmer
     
  3. gmonady

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    You truly do, as do I.

    Please note in my above post the OP asks: "Any advice on surviving this?" Again as stated above, I detected a bit of anxiety in his question so was adding a psychological/medical perspective to your excellent trumpet advice. I believe our readers here at TM truly appreciate the level of expertise by gifted trumpet players as yourself and our most excellent physician membership here on TM.

    To all readers of this thread and site, as an academic physician, I am proud to say all the physicians postings on this site for the two years I have been here have been nothing short of spacticular and excellent. I am even thinking of collecting all the advice by our physicians, and using this information to writing a medical text specific for trumpeter players. Between our trumpet consultants and medical specialists discussion, it would be a most excellent textbook.

    Always prepared Wilmer.
     
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  4. gmonady

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    Careful as other disorders can play into the differential diagnosis of this movement disorder [don't want to feed the lawyers with the wrong diagnosis], including other medications in treating seizures that would include Tegratol and Dilantin. But putting it into the perspective of the surroundings, alcohol intoxication would be a likely working diagnosis; in which case Dr. Onady's dosing recommendation as noted in my above post was not followed.
     
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  5. mgcoleman

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    Watching that video and the #1 thing I was worried would happen? That he would fall over and damage his horn.
     
  6. wiseone2

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    In New York City it is not uncommon to play 8 shows, many rehearsals and recordings in the course of one week. I have had many weeks just like that. A morning rehearsal with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, a record date in the afternoon and a show to finish off the day. Back in the 80s record dates sometimes started after midnight. As a performer I learned to pace myself and play efficiently. No major chop problems in my career. Even now with a full set of dentures I can still play darn near anything. Last month I played the Saint-Saens Septet, later this year a couple major concerts are coming up. Stick to the basics.
    Wilmer
     
  7. jiarby

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    Sure!

    After a hard day of playing I get a short highball glass, fill it with crushed ice and Dewars (or whatever Scotch people have blessed me with at Christmas and birthdays)... then let it sit for a while. The alcohol and crushed ice gets super cold and freezes up the condensation on the outside of the glass.

    Perfect for chilling the chops after a hard day. It looks like I am kissing the sides of the glass! Maybe a sip or two to slosh around on the inside to, you know, just so it doesn't go to waste... :whistle:

    Just don't inhale. The bottle should last a long time. Christmas and a birthday should be enough to get you through the rest of the year.
     
  8. wiseone2

    wiseone2 Artitst in Residence Staff Member

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    Alcohol is NOT a tool for trumpet playing, nor is heroin a tool for creativity!
    Wilmer
     
  9. jiarby

    jiarby Fortissimo User

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    Of course, Wilmer is right... I suppose an icy glass of tea would do just about as well. :-)

    I was kinda being facetious... lots of great musicians have been ruined by addictions. Don't play with fire.
     

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