This is what I am doing...
BUT DO NOT DO THIS YOURSELF!!!
I have an old bugle that I "practice" on, to and from work.
BUT, DO NOT DO THIS YOURSELF!!!
I have made great progress in the last few weeks, but again...
DO NOT DO THIS YOURSELF!!!
Proud owner of a 1960s U.S. Regulation bugle...(original owner)
...and a bunch of beat up Olds Ambassador Cornets and Trumpets
Pick up the Vizzuttii Method Book 1 .. he has a warm up plan in the beginning and then do one exercise out of each section a week .. ie lip slurs, technical studies, double tonguing ...
It has it all
or option 2
Pick up an Arban's book and play 1 exercise a week out of each section.
Find a trumpet solo you like .. possibly something with a play along cd ... and work on one a week..
use a metronome .. rest as much as you practice.
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Why is it that no one has pointed out that you only took a week off? There is no appreciable muscle strength loss in one week. The problem is elsewhere. Comments?
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No practice for a week makes one weak! I can't do that and be at my best. Endurance seems to be the issue.
Knowledge is freedom, and ignorance is slavery - Miles Davis
The difference between a beginner and pro mouthpiece is practice - tobylou8
Nobody has learned how to play the trumpet. It's endless. - Maynard Ferguson
Don't be afraid to try something different. The Ark was built by an amateur and the Titanic was built by a group of experienced engineers.
By the inch it's a cinch, by the yard, it's hard!
If all these things are true:
1. He has really been practicing consistently all year long.
2. Just now only taken two weeks off.
3. Has a month to get back into shape.
I think he will be fine.
Just start slow the first few days and ease back into your normal routine.
Do your fundamental stuff: Long tones, flexibilities (irons, colin), scales then go back to whatever you usually do.
In 2 weeks you will be back to normal.
Any of the suggestions in this thread will help, but it will take a level of commitment and discipline from the OP to actually start doing something to get better.
Random buzzing into the horn for 5 minutes every few days won't do anything. It's summer, so he has the opportunity right now to start playing for a few hours every single day. That won't make him Doc Severinsen by the time school rolls around in September, but it will definitely make him significantly better than his is now.
No need to panic.Good register and endurance are LEARNED abilities. Much like riding a bicycle. One you have the basic skills to prevent your chops from burning out? You will have fine endurance (compared to the next guy) even after taking a week off the horn. You might be better off if you had practiced in the interim but the basics will still be there.
So my guess is that you are not cushioning the mouthpiece with your chops. ie making a thicker bridge of lip flesh against the mouthpiece.
Next? Consider some experimentation with a slightly shallower mouthpiece cup AND a well rounded inner rim edge. Marcinkiewicz is good for these.
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