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Holding notes at the end...
So, when i'm practicing just scales and appregios, i like to hold the note at the end and sustain it, and when i do and get to the end of my breath and energy i feel these little muscle things tighten up at each side of my lower abdomin area. I think it only happens when i end on a low note.
Is this normal? Or am i still doing something wrong per chance?
Re: Holding notes at the end...
Normal? Yes. Your body is trying to fight the natural urge to breathe. When playing trumpet, you do a lot of breathing out and a lot of diaphragm work but little breathing in. It would seem that you are running out of air, you have two choices in that situation, breathe somewhere else or build up your lung power and go longer, you choice. After enough playing though you will learn to ignore that feeling and all will be well.
"There are two sides to a trumpeter's personality: there is the one that lives only to lay waste to the woodwinds and strings, leaving them lying blue and lifeless along the swath of destruction that is a trumpeter's fury; then there's the dark side...." --Michael Stewart
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