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OK guys. I've been working on long tones and the recommended arbans excercises.
I'm getting soreness on the sides of my embrochure, where I've pretty much never had any before. I'm feeling a little stupid, but is this because I am working muscles I've apparently never worked before?
Yes, I rest after doing long tones, but they seem to definitely wear my lips down faster than i'm used to lol.
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2001 Bach Omega
if you mean the muscles around your mouth then you are doing things right... make sure you do warm usp and cool downs .. that will help
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From what you are describing, it appears you are working too hard on the mouthpiece. I agree with the posts above that perhaps you are using too much pressure. This could be due to either technique, muscle preparation or the mouthpiece characteristics.
Have you tried going through a routine and different sizes of mouthpieces (rim and depth differences)? As I am assuming you have tried the technical recommendations from the posts above, perhaps the problem is in your mouthpiece choice.
Endurance = On top of your daily routine, get an I-pod with noise cancelling ear-buds. Load up about 2 hours of your favorite music, put in a quiet mute and play along with the music. Your ear buds will let you hear your core sound from your horn, and you’ll end up playing at stage volume, which is hard to emulate in a practice environment, and you won’t be blasting out the neighbours. This WORKS for endurance!!!
My uncle who used to play trumpet professionally said when he was about 15 he would practice while siting on a bed so he would not get hurt when he passed out. He said that practicing this way helped alot. Then he told me not to try it because I would hurt myself. The first idea seems like much more fun.
There is nothing to it. You only have to hit the right notes at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
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Do some Mexican crunches.
With mouth closed (and no trumpet or mp), tighten up the muscles around your mouth for a few seconds and then release it. Repeat. Do that for one minute and you will feel it. If you DON'T feel it, you probably don't need it.
Regular daily Mexican crunches and you'll be ready for a Mariachi band in no time.
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