Do you prefer to sit or stand while practicing? Lately, I have been standing, not so much for musical purposes as for fitness interests. Like many older guys (I am 62), it is easy to spend lots of time sitting. I have decided, for now at least, to not make trumpet practice one more opportunity to shine the seat of my pants. I have made some personal discoveries in the process.
It is not uncommon for arm and shoulder issues to develop in men my age. So it is with my right arm and shoulder. Years and years of construction trade work and athletic competition and coaching have taken a toll. I suppose surgery should be a considered option, but, no offense to our fine MD members, I do not care to walk that path until forced too. What of those discoveries? Well, my breathing seems to be better, which has a positive effect on my sound, endurance, and range. Also, my instruments get sorted out. Among my Bb's, the Getzen Classic has distinguished itself. It is the lightest of the bunch and seems to provide me the most favorable ergonomic characteristics. Playing it produces less fatigue and provides greater comfort; I simply get more enjoyment and satisfaction from my trumpet time.
I invite you to share your thoughts about this topic.