Trumpet players with speech impediments

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by rowuk, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    This is something that has interested me for a long time and I have found NO information published.
    Do any of you have a speech impediment and does it show up in your playing (better or worse high range, tonguing, etc.)? I am not talking about players that open their mouths before shifting their brains in gear (I know how to solve that), I am talking about real handicaps. Players that have had a stroke with slurred speech are also invited to participate! If you have taught people with a similar condition, I am also interested! I have only worked with one tuba player whose face was half paralyzed and got most of the functionality back (he still has a big vibrato, but what he has accomplished, I consider to be a miracle!).
    Speak in the third person if you do not wish to out yourself!
  2. Fluffy615

    Fluffy615 Piano User

    Nov 30, 2006
    New Jersey
    I had a high school trombone player with a fairly prominent stutter and speech impediment a few years ago. I never really noticed anything in his playing, though.
  3. trumpetnick

    trumpetnick Fortissimo User

    Nov 16, 2005
    Vidin, Bulgaria
    I will second that. Years ago I had a trumpet teacher who had a speech impediment, but this was not noticable in any way in his playing. Probably I should mentione that his handycap was probably more of a psychological issue than an organic one, as when he was driving he was speeking quite fluently.
  4. wrbandel

    wrbandel Pianissimo User

    Mar 9, 2005
    Rochester, MN
    I have a speech impediment called Spasmodic Dysphonia. It's a voice disorder that involves involuntary "spasms" of the vocal cords causing interruptions of speech and affecting the voice quality. It can cause the voice to break up or to have a tight, strained, or strangled quality.

    It doesn't affect my playing any, or at least not that I notice. Maybe Gzent or RJZeller could comment, as they've heard me play numerous times.

    Trumpetnick, I'd be careful about saying someone has a psychological issue. Years ago Spasmodic Dysphonia was thought to be a "all in your head" type of thing. We now know it's a neurological disorder.

    If anyone has any questions feel free to ask me.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2007
  5. trumpetnick

    trumpetnick Fortissimo User

    Nov 16, 2005
    Vidin, Bulgaria
    Warren, I did not mean to offend anyone. But the fact that his problem seem to disappear when driving was making me believe that there was something in his head going which was preventing him to speak fluently when concentrating on just speaking. I don't pretend to be a pycho-analysis or speech impediments specialist, just expressed an opinion. I may very well be wrong, but that what I was thinking at the time. By the way, he was the only trumpeter among all trumpeters, teaching at the Sofia Conservatoire, who I enjoyed to be with and though I lost the contact with him, it will still be great to get a drink with him. I had no a problem with him whatsoever and though it was a bit annoying to wait for him to express his thought sometime, communicating with some of his colleagues was much more irritating because of their too high opinion of themselves.
  6. Stile442

    Stile442 Piano User

    Mar 26, 2007
    Deland Fl
    I have a speech impediment. I spent many years of my childhood in therapy basically learning how to talk again. My throat would seize up and I could not talk when I was younger. I'll still experience this and stutter when I am very tired, excited, or angry. I have never really noticed it effecting my playing except occasionally I'll have a problem with my throat closing right before a really sharp or quick entrance. I can usually fix it before the concert though :) My speech impediment is always worse when I'm nervous. I think thats why a very exposed entrance can still trip me up sometimes. Hope that helps. Rowuk if you want more info on this subject PM me, my brother got his degree studying speech impediments

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