I've been having a problem for the past few years, and can't seem to solve it.
Often when I have a gig in the morning, or practice in the morning, or after a few days of playing more than average, my lips are really dry.
I try to play, and my muscles work fine, but it's really my lips that limit my playing. No matter how much water I drink, they won't stay wet.
Somehow my highest notes at that point are just above the staff, and it takes a lot of effort to get them out. Usually, my range is almost an entire octave higher (D and E above high C).
It feels like the condition of my lips is the limiting factor here. They are so dry that they just won't vibrate.
Does anyone have this problem / has anyone had this problem before?
I refuse to believe that I'm the only trumpet player that has this problem.
Does anyone know of any solutions to this problem, or how to prevent it from happening?