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

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  1. krauseheim

    krauseheim New Friend

    Mar 5, 2006
    Shoreview, Minnesota
    Hockey sticks. Over the years, three of them have managed to bust my lower lip open... all in the same place, with stitches. I now have an embouchre that's off to the left and high up. Basically, I use my lower lip to keep air from escaping, and that's about it. Range and stamina always a challenge. I used the "altissimo key" too much (that hook for the right hand baby finger that's used by so many to pull the horn hard into one's lips to achieve higher notes). Yes, I'm chock-full of excuses.

    I'm 56. Aging is not helping this whole lips thing. In one of the 'big bands' I'm in, I'm the singer on a lot of the tunes. Might have to go full time with the singing.

    Tom from Minnesota
    Getzen Custom (relatively new)
    Gretsch Pathfinder (old an' ugly, an eBay $15 wallhanger... which is the one I play)
  2. Jarrett

    Jarrett Piano User

    Nov 11, 2003
    Richland, MO
    mental focus (especially during music I don't particularly like)...

    maintaining solid practice habits (I play too much, rest way too little).
  3. ccNochops

    ccNochops Piano User

    Sep 30, 2006
    White Marsh, VA
    Putting the horn down for 28 years....stupid thing to do....chuck
  4. willbarber

    willbarber Piano User

    Nov 22, 2008
    Medina, NY
    Just one?

    Umm...the insatiable need to play high notes. All the time.
  5. a marching trumpet

    a marching trumpet Mezzo Piano User

    Feb 11, 2009
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Sight reading mainly followed by single tongueing
  6. duanemassey

    duanemassey Piano User

    Jul 14, 2009
    #1 problem: self-discipline

    All my other issues are tied to this one.

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