What's been the biggest "demon" for you in terms of trumpet playing?

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  1. RB-R37297

    RB-R37297 Pianissimo User

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    I'm curious - over your playing careers, what have been the consistent problems you've had with playing trumpet that have dogged you the most? How did you overcome these problems?

    For me, I think the top 3, in no order are:

    -Tension, especially in the throat, while I play
    -Playing the absolute quietest that I can (tone quality goes straight out the window, everything goes fuzzy)
    -Endurance

    I think I pretty much killed my endurance problems by focusing on letting the air do the work for me and backing right off on pressure. The first two are still very much works in progress.

    What are/have your "demons" (been)?
     
  2. trumpetnick

    trumpetnick Fortissimo User

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    Adrenalin.
     
  3. B15M

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    Triple tonguing. In the pat I've been able to get it back. I think it's gone forever now.
     
  4. Blind Bruce

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    Nice to hear from another Winnipeger!
    My problems are ongoing and are, poor vision, and lack of air support.
     
  5. s.coomer

    s.coomer Forte User

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    My biggest problem is trying too hard sometimes. I find if I back-off I do much better. When I try to force things everything gets worse.
     
  6. HSOtrumpet1

    HSOtrumpet1 Pianissimo User

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    I'm trying to work a little on my single tonguing right now, placement of the tongue in the mouth, etc. and it's a pain. But it was very lazy before.
    My other demon right now is flexibility.
     
  7. Pedal C

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    Bad first attacks. Swelling in the upper lip.

    I had to "evolve" my embouchure a little to deal with the swelling. The bad attacks are a work in progress...
     
  8. Markie

    Markie Forte User

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    keeping force and tension at bay
     
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  10. Ric232

    Ric232 Pianissimo User

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    Endurance is mine. You make it sound so easy. I know what backing of on the pressure means, but I wish the hell I knew what "letting the air do the work" means. I mean REALLY know what it means. It sure sounds good and a lot of us say it, but I honestly can't say I know what the hell it means. Blow harder? Keep your gut full of air? (OK, who's going to be first to tell me to get a teacher?)
     

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