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    In Need of Help.... Big Time.....

    So I'm going to be without my trumpet for two years due to being gone on a mission for my church. Depending on the mission, there's a SLIGHT chance that I might get to take my trumpet with me, but I'm thinkin I won't be able to.

    Does anybody have any tips on how to increase lip endurance and lung capacity while sitting down or anything like that? I know of the pencil trick which helps great for range btw.

    Any help will be appreciated, Thanks in Advance my brethren!

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    Re: In Need of Help.... Big Time.....

    I'm one of the few on here who understands the reference to a mission. I did one 45 years ago. I'd say the chances are slim that you will be able to take it with you. One possibility is to take your mouthpiece although I know that many on this forum feel that it does not really help, I did a lot of mouthpiece buzzing when I started my comeback 5 months ago and it helped to some extent. It seems that it is better than nothing. Because most of the arguments against mouthpiece buzzing seem to relate to the fact that the resistance is not the same as the trumpet provides, there is a device called the BERP which may help. Here is a link to a site for it...
    Musical Enterprises Berps & Bags
    It is designed to clamp to the mouthpiece receiver so you can switch back and forth but it does have adjustable resistance and it just may work in a stand-alone mode for practicing. Maybe there is a store in Eugene which has one and they could advise you about it.

    So, give it a shot and put a post here to tell us where you are going. I went to Australia and it was great.
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    Re: In Need of Help.... Big Time.....

    Maybe your mouthpiece and a 7 foot garden hose?

    I recently tested a number of new mpīs, and I did
    it in a garden hose so that the shank wouldnīt be
    scratched. That way I could return the ones I didnīt
    like to the shop (Thomann). After the first evaluating,
    the two I liked the best got tape around the shank so
    that they wouldnīt be scratched when I tried them in
    my trumpet. Of course, sound couldnīt be checked in
    the hose, but feel, comfort and suitability to my lips
    could, so playing in a hose is a fair alternative and gives
    you some resonable resistance.

    ComeBackKids suggestion about a BERP is good too, but
    if you want something with partials, a hose is an alternative . . .

    Why not simply try it at home first?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComeBackKid View Post
    ........ I went to Australia and it was great.
    Hmmmm, I live in Australia and I see absolutley no reason why you shouldn't have been able to bring your trumpet. Ok! Ok! I'm kidding - don't bring your trumpet to Oz. ITG Conference is gunna be a bit quiet but.

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    Re: In Need of Help.... Big Time.....

    2 years means forget it. There is nothing that you can do to rescue your embouchure for that amount of time. Take up something else musical like didgeridoo and start over when you get back.

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    Re: In Need of Help.... Big Time.....

    If that is the kind of sacrifice you feel compelled to make I wonder if that is what God wants. Music is an international cross-cultural medium which lends itself readily to bridging whatever language and cultural barriers you might find on your mission. Please understand that in no way am I devaluing what it is you wish to accomplish. In fact I think that you should be commended for being willing to devote yourself to your fellow man in such a way.

    BUT - I do not believe it has to be done at the expense of something as important as your musical aspirations. Get a pocket trumpet, a cornet, which you can lug with you on your trek to who knows where. Play it for those with you and for those you encounter. Make it a part of your mission.


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    Re: In Need of Help.... Big Time.....

    Thanks guys! I'll try these things out :) And I'll be sure to post where I'm going on my mission. I'll even put my address up if people wanna write lol

    But yeah, the BERP sounds good and I'll do what I can with my mouthpiece if the MP doesn't let me bring my horn. I won't be able to swim on my mission but I'm most likely going to be on a bike lol

    And Rowuk, I know you said to find something else musical, but I'm going to be a teacher and I've gone a year without playing my trumpet and I picked it back up fairly quickly. Taking my mouthpiece with me will be all I can do when the time comes

    Thanks again guys! :)

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    Re: In Need of Help.... Big Time.....

    I can't imagine going somewhere and not being able to take a horn. I'd take one with me--never know how much it may come in handy in the mission area if for nothing more than getting a conversation started. Best wishes on your trip.

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    If you can get some sight reading books and arbons and just clap and sing the rhythms. You can also probally get some books sent to you. That way you won't have to remeber how to count rhythms.
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