Trumpet Discussion Discuss Piccolo Trumpet Throat Pain in the General forums; I am a fairly inexperienced piccolo trumpet player and I come across a problem with my upper register playing. When ...
Piccolo Trumpet Throat Pain
I am a fairly inexperienced piccolo trumpet player and I come across a problem with my upper register playing. When I start playing to the top of "Handel Range" I get a pain in my throat and nasal pathways. I think this may be from over blowing but I am not sure. This never happens on my bigger horns when I play into the upper register but now it is starting to effect my progress in learning Piccolo Trumpet. If this has happened to anyone else...what do I do?
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I'm betting your mouthpiece is too small and your lips are pursed too tight creating an enormous back pressure. Coincidentally, that happened to me last week. The difference is I had a swollen, sore throat and was playing the ending of Petrushka very slowly and louder than I've ever been asked to play it. The point is you're creating an ultimate situation when a moderate one is called for.
Practice in the lower picc register and climb up very gradually trying to maintain a sense of blowing past the mouthpiece unencumbered by excess pressure. In other words, don't create more pressure than is already inherent to the combination of a pair of lips, a small mouthpiece, and a small trumpet.
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