I'm not asking for any specific answers, as this isn't a board that deals with medical problems. If you have any good generic advice, thanks.
A while back I posted a concern about pectus excavatum, a concave chest. Back then I was concerned solely about restricted air capacity, which you guys convinced me wasn't a big deal. So I moved on. Bu,t recently I have realized that for many years my chest, upper back, and neck (especially the first two) are chronically tense because of the P.E stretching the muscles too much. I didn't know about this problem until my teacher beat "relaxation" into me enough. I finally deciding to really focus on being relaxed, and that's when I finally found out how tense those areas of the body really were. I also read that P.E. causes tension in those areas. According to my teacher I am supposedly playing more relaxed than I used to, and I believe that is correct (I've yet to find any real improvement in my playing), but I've kept on forgetting to tell him about this problem that I mentioned here. Guess I'd better bring it up next time I see him!
Maybe I simply to need more time and I will just start improving...nonetheless, it feels like to me the tension is really putting a toll on the whole system of efficient playing. Must I tackle the supposed root of the problem as much as I can by doing exercises to make my chest less concave, which would likely reduce that muscle tension? Or maybe I should just tackle the symptoms themselves, by doing yoga (which I've never done....) and back stretches? Or maybe I should try both? The real obstacle here is figuring out a way to do those things effectively and diligently without spending lots of money on "expert" help, since I don't have much money....or time, for that matter.
For all I know maybe the back/chest/neck tension isn't detrimental to my playing, though. Maybe it has nothing to do with pectus excavatum. There are so many thing that could be the root of my problems.... for all I know, getting rid of my pectus excavatum effects will do absolutely nothing. Heck, maybe if I just keep doing what I'm trying, practicing as smart as I can, I will gradually overcome my issues. Man, if I could go back in time to when I was young, I would have chosen to learn a non-wind instrument like violin or viola! =p (My Dad is a decent violinst, so maybe I can still learn....hmmmmm....) I have no regrets playing trumpet, though. What gorgeous music we can make with it!
However, I do have general health reasons to do yoga and partially correct my P.E., regardless... maybe I should take action on those things, and if my trumpet playing happens to improve, great. Maybe then I could continue to pursue my dream of getting regular gigs with the best musicians where I live, and maybe go beyond that, even. If my trumpet problems don't get corrected, then I can just work my best on the trumpet, graduate with my music and accounting degrees, lay my trumpet down for good, and pursue other musical activities....