Oh well, I guess this will REALLY put some people in a tizzy!
I don't understand why people forget how to play the trumpet after one or two or (gasp) three days off.
You're doing something wrong.
I do not always have the chance, OR the inclination to practice everyday.
Maybe I am different from everyone out there, but maybe I'm not.
I play lead trumpet (for 11 years now) in the busiest swing/big band in Detroit. It is not a modern big band, we play mostly the original charts of the Dorsey's, Harry James, Jimmy Lunceford, Goodman, and Shaw bands. Also a lot of Basie/Sinatra charts. That means there are (gasp again) NO double Cs. I don't have one anyway. Not what I call a double C.
There are many times when after the rehearsal on every Wednesday, that I don't touch the horn again until the gig on Saturday. How does it feel? Like it always has....just the way it should. I have NO problem playing with three or four days, or even a week off... if that happens. When we go on a week long vacation, I usually leave the horn home, unless I have a gig where we are playing. I can come back home on a Saturday and play a gig that night, and NO ONE will know I haven't played in a week.
I think it is all in the head of the person.
In my opinion, if a day or two off kills you, you need to do something different.
The Willard of Oz
"Don't be afraid to see what you see."
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!
WAIT a minute -- before my comeback - I took 7 years off -- and on the comeback I could still manage a C scale --- so my lips didnt' forget for over 7 years.
Last edited by shooter; 05-29-2011 at 06:51 PM.
Maybe the key is not the days off, rather a program that is consistent with better playing, keeping the creative focus and the like. The "rut" that some of us get into is not based on time, rather how we fill that time.
On the other hand, if you just don't have the time, then there is no need to "justify" that with the misconception that we play better because of that. We just do what we have to do.
Trumpet playing is physical work and muscle memory. There is no "benefit" in 3 days off (other than less collisions with other activities). Sometimes we have no choice.
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
I suspect it depends upon a lot of things. I know my endurance suffers greatly when I don't play regularly, but neither my range or tone is affected very much. I typically practice very rarely, as the playing I do is not particularly demanding (and my time is used up trying to make a living and some semblance of a life). Most of my gigs (including my steady house band) involve my keyboard playing for the most part. I am a poor example of what a full-time player should aspire to be, but one size does not fit all.
It is no coincidence that every full-time player I know has a regular practice routine.
French Besson trumpet
Piece of crap alto horn
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