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    So many great suggestions ... don't pass over the push ups suggestion and even throw in sit ups. Building up your cardio vascular system, (ie running) can work wonders.
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    Every summer holiday, be it one week or two, I had worried about my embouchure/range/endurance loss
    until I noticed that it is far from detrimental to have a time out and enjoy summer.
    No air mattress mpc drill or buzzing in the camp for me, sir.
    But singing and strumming the good ole guitar at the fire does not hurt...

    The benefits of all that are a somewhat healthy mind and strong body (swimming, chipping wood for the campfire, canoeing
    are all great activities), and you are rewired again.
    After trips like that I always took up practice with a refreshed fresh mind and -yes!- attitude.

    So if I were you I would not panic at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vulgano Brother View Post
    Above all, iwantcoffee, find enjoyment in your summer job. The skills you will learn and use will help with your leadership qualities, and that reflects directly to trumpet playing.

    Bring a good book with you. I'm thinking Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. It is chock full of here-and-now kind of stuff, and a treatise on what the Greeks called arete, or what we call "excellence." A thought provoking read that can be found cheaply at used bookstores.
    Ah, the memories- Zen and the Art of Motocycle Maintenance. Remember reading that as a kid. Still remember he used a lid top from a can for a motorcycle repair and it was perfect which is why I don't mind Jery-rigging over using the standard part when the former works well (jery-rigging is really not an accurate term as sometimes the improvisation works better than what was written- hey a music analogy).
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    HOSE TRUMPET to the rescue (cue Super Hero music)!!!!! Go to the Hardware store and buy a 10" section of flexible clear pvc hose, 3/8" Inside Diameter (I.D.). Your mpc will fit and you will have the resistance of more than just the mpc alone. It can fit anywhere and you can't dent it! It will be similar to having a bugle, you can do long tones, arpeggios, etc.!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveRicks View Post
    Congratulations on your music accomplishments. The good news is you will have a week to practice before going to band camp. As long as you don't let your chops completely go to pot, a week of heavy trumpet work will probably suffice to have you ready

    Yes, practice at camp as much as you can. Carry a mouthpiece with you and buzz several times a day. You know, music around the old camp fire. :). If you don't know about buzzing, read some of the other posts here on it.

    I think you are going to do fine. The fact that you spotted a potential problem ahead of time and are doing what you can to address it says a lot.
    Touche'! Great advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tobylou8 View Post
    HOSE TRUMPET to the rescue (cue Super Hero music)!!!!! Go to the Hardware store and buy a 10" section of flexible clear pvc hose, 3/8" Inside Diameter (I.D.). Your mpc will fit and you will have the resistance of more than just the mpc alone. It can fit anywhere and you can't dent it! It will be similar to having a bugle, you can do long tones, arpeggios, etc.!!!
    And as I said - carry a spare, and you can signal around your group to your heart's content!
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    Fist, welcome to TM. I am totally on board with playing on the mouthpiece. You can hike with it, while playing. I like blowing into a hand towel with the mouthpiece as you can change the resistance real easily this way. I found that days away when I only had the mouthpiece and hand towel to play on, that my endurance actually increased. Makes total sense that John Coltrane claims he developed his full wall of sound by practicing with a towel stuck into his horn. So my advice is when going to camp, bring your mouthpiece and throw in the towel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barliman2001 View Post
    And as I said - carry a spare, and you can signal around your group to your heart's content!
    Yeah, but I'd be more worried if the moose would come a runnin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmonady View Post
    Yeah, but I'd be more worried if the moose would come a runnin.
    Ever heard the cry of a lovesick moose? Then you would not worry about a hose trumpet. Alto sax is more like it!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9m3S6E1W84
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    Quote Originally Posted by barliman2001 View Post
    Ever heard the cry of a lovesick moose? Then you would not worry about a hose trumpet. Alto sax is more like it!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9m3S6E1W84
    I don't know. Sound like half valving to me.
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