Exercise will do you no good!
British Medical Journal. 1999 Dec 18-25;319(7225):1612-3.
The observed association between woodwind players, especially saxophonists, and mortality has a plausible biological explanation. Raised pressure in the neck region can increase mortality either by reducing blood supply to the brain (cerebrovascular ischaemia) or venous stasis (thromboembolism). This theory is strengthened by the observation of a dose*response effect whereby the saxophonists and other woodwind instrument players, with maximum and intermediate likelihood of circular breathing respectively, are correspondingly ranked in the levels of mortality. The results need to be interpreted with caution, as circular breathing was not measured directly.
The evidence in this article as to a lower life expectancy in sax players (drug use and chronic medical conditions were well controlled) as related to circular breathing, I am still not completely convinced. But to date, this is the only article in the medical literature that addresses mortality causes in sax players. But from my experience in working with sax players, I believe mortality is related to the women they keep!
Still, I've found if I want to play in the high range above the staff, that it is much less effort to play those notes on my Schilke P5-4 piccolo trumpet albeit it uses a cornet mouthpiece, and even so there isn't that much music that calls for / requires a trumpet to play such notes. Otherwise, it would be ostentacious to do so IMO. Admittedly, I do it as I've frequently transposed C piccolo and violin parts, and every so often a high piano part to play on my trumpets, since the latter is a larger resource of my music.
Learn to breath abdominally,( diaphram breathing ). It will increase the volume of air taken in and if done properly will help to exhaust more CO2 from your lungs. The reason that we exhale and inhale is the percentage of CO2 in our lungs. When the CO2 level rises we are forced to exhale and grab a new breath. Try to evacuate as much air as you can from your lungs, and then, take a deep breath while forcing youirself not to allow your chest and shoulders to move. You might need to have a brass instrument coach or singing coach teach you how to breath properly.
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My working hypothesis is that playing trumpet can cause a person to hyperventilate, but if you look at the chemical basis for hyperventilation it is essentially caused by the drop in CO2 leading to a Ph imbalance(not having too much oxygen as is the popular myth). So, a way to counter this is to exercise, which leads to lactic acid replacing the Ph of the acidic CO2. It is all related. For people who are already more efficient, this may not be a problem, or if you drink a couple of sugar loaded carbonated soft drinks before playing.
Last edited by Ed Lee; 01-30-2012 at 02:54 PM.
I may be off my thinking cap, but I think you you write of the PH of acids in the lungs that assist in the exchange of O2 to CO2 that with the exhalation of excessive moisture would become more concentrated and imbalanced and may be noticeable with bad breath. Possibly, that is the method my wife uses to determine if I've practiced on one of my brass horns or not when we kiss on her arrival home from work each evening. Sometimes I can taste a difference.
Last edited by Ed Lee; 01-30-2012 at 04:34 PM.
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Also every had a horn with red rot?
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