What do you do on bad days?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by hhsTrumpet, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. hhsTrumpet

    hhsTrumpet Piano User

    Dec 3, 2011
    What do you do to on one of those days when your chops just doesn't feel right, when you can't play anything?
  2. Peter McNeill

    Peter McNeill Utimate User

    Jan 30, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    Listen to the best musos on iPod, study chords on the piano/guitar, or go fishin'.
  3. codyb226

    codyb226 Banned

    Mar 9, 2011
    Florida, US
  4. Mark_Kindy

    Mark_Kindy Mezzo Forte User

    Jul 11, 2010
    Gainesville, FL
    For practical purposes?
    I do a "pre warm up", a short playing of some soft tones, and then a decently long break. I then take a longer time on long tones, making sure to look for the feel and sound I'm used to. This usually relaxes my lips enough to get them working again.
  5. stumac

    stumac Fortissimo User

    Oct 19, 2008
    Flinders Vic Australia
    On days after a hard gig I usually take the day off, my chops are back by the next day.

    Regards, Stuart.
  6. BrotherBACH

    BrotherBACH Piano User

    Oct 5, 2010
    Even the pros have a bad day, so you are in good company. My teacher will take a much longer, slowley progressing warm-up. My master class teacher will say that he has never had a bad day since he started a very detailed journal of his practice routine and what works and why. So, I have a combination approach. I scale back what I am trying to accomplish while I analyze "what" and "why" things are going wrong. Things always turn around for the better by my evening practice session which is a review of scales and music I am trying to learn.

    In analyzing "what" is going wrong and "why", it is almost always a mental or mood issue that has a negative impact on my ability to concentrate and coordinate all aspects of playing i.e., air use, tongue levels, embrochure function.

    Just don't be hard on yourself because tomorrow is another day to start fresh.

    Hope this helps.

  7. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    A bad day? I wouldn't know what that is like. So far, everday over the past several years that I've been reading scanning the section, I have not found my name in the Obits. So until then, I really can't say I've had a bad day. And by the way, since I discovered the Martin Committee, every day is a better day.
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  8. veery715

    veery715 Utimate User

    Mar 6, 2007
    Ithaca NY
    Put your horn away and do something else. Come back later and try again, or wait until tomorrow.

    Sometimes a bit of mouthpiece buzzing will improve things enough so you can try the horn again.
  9. DaveH

    DaveH Piano User

    Nov 27, 2003
    Speaking for myself...

    Fingering activities...."play" through Clarke, Arban, etc. on the fingers only.

    Buzz the mouthpiece and the leadpipe a little bit.

    Listen to recordings of players I admire - mostly for concept of tone.

    Do some theory study.

    Most of all, avoid trying to "muscle" it through...put it back in the case, and wait till things improve.
  10. kingtrumpet

    kingtrumpet Utimate User

    Sep 20, 2009
    New York State USA
    I am not sure that defines a bad day --"can't play anything" ---- I can always play something -- but the tone might be in the crapper, or my jaw is sore enough where it feels like my teeth don't align correctly --- or my lips burn ------ all signs of a good workout on the trumpet (ok the jaw thing might be when I OVERDUE the workout) --- but like Mark_Kindy above --- soft long tones, massage the lips, and waste some more of everybody's time on TM with my arduous posts, and dry humor (for the Aussies that is Humour) -- for the drummers who are spying, just laugh my friends you can't figure it out anyhow!!!!! ROFL ROFL ROFL

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