My wife and I are going on a cruise to celebrate our 20th anniversary, and I have become enough of a trumpet player (notice I didn't say musician?) to not be willing to go that long without playing. For me it seems like 1 day off = 2/3 days of sucking, but anything more than 2 days off = week(s) of sucking trying to get back to where I was.
So anyway, I'm taking my trumpet. I made one of those air freshener practice mutes, and I'm amazed at how quiet it is. However, even without replacing that piece they tell you to drill a hole in (thus leaving an even bigger hole) I notice a considerable increase in back pressure. This is on a 38B Connstellation and Bach 3C.
My questions are: Will using this for a week harm my playing? Is there anything I can do to minimize ill effects?
Also, does anyone know if there is anyplace they would let me use to practice without the mute? I was thinking if I just went to the back of the ship and played out to sea it probably wouldn't bother anybody, but I don't know how many people would be around.
Any help will be appreciated! Thanks, Mike