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Trumpet Discussion Discuss Preparing for a big Concert/Gig/Competition in the General forums; Originally Posted by RHSbigbluemarchingband I think I wanna really improve my day before aspect of big concerts, because no matter ...
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    Re: Preparing for a big Concert/Gig/Competition

    Quote Originally Posted by RHSbigbluemarchingband View Post
    I think I wanna really improve my day before aspect of big concerts, because no matter what I do my chops are always insanely tired the day of and at the concert. Any advice?
    Don't play so much! If you don't know it by the day before, you won't know it at the gig! If your normal practice routine makes you "insanely tired" the next day 1), play less or with more rests the day before and 2), reevalute your routine so you're preparing yourself for a day of good playing and not just wearing yourself out.

    I don't mean to sound like a smartass, but when you get to the day before, you've got to just relax and trust that you'll play to your ability, whatever that may be.

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    Re: Preparing for a big Concert/Gig/Competition

    Well I know the music, but even when we had our clinic, my chops seemed to bottom out, when i went to play the couple of high As I couldn't. My endurance is normally very good, normally my chops begin to bottom out after 4 hours, but I think I may have a nervousness issue. My main reason in starting this thread is we have a concert on wednesday and knowing myself I probably will have the same result as I did at the clinic. Also worse thing is I have an orthodontist appointment an hour and a half before call time, this should be an interesting concert!
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    Re: Preparing for a big Concert/Gig/Competition

    Preparation is the key to successful performances!
    You need to be ready a couple of days BEFORE. Cramming does not work in music.
    Wednesday will work if you are ready on Monday.
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    Re: Preparing for a big Concert/Gig/Competition

    Quote Originally Posted by Vulgano Brother View Post
    Rest the day before--muscles need time to rejuvinate!
    Amen, brother!
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    Re: Preparing for a big Concert/Gig/Competition

    Disclaimer: I'm not a professional musician, and don't often play trumpet for other people, but I've had more than my share of public exposure in various things over the years. I've done a lot of singing at church and related functions, some public speaking, and in my current job, I find myself in front of a video camera a lot. I say that, because not all advice is applicable to everyone or every situation, so you can take or leave this at your discretion.

    This seems backwards, but I've found that a lot of dedicated practice and routine building up for a specific event leads to increased nerves and expectations for myself - in an unhealthy way, and is more likely to bring on tension and resultant mistakes.

    Having yourself prepared with daily practice and routine, as well as knowing your material, is paramount so that you have confidence in yourself, but I find I'm at my best if I just do normal stuff and don't think or worry about the event until I'm actually in the spotlight and ready to roll, aside from just doing what is normally healthy, and maybe getting some extra sleep.

    Again, not all advice works for everybody, but the above has usually been true for me.
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    Re: Preparing for a big Concert/Gig/Competition

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    ONE WEEK BEFORE? I'm probabbly playing on an entirely different type of gig.

    A COUPLE DAYS BEFORE? Check my date book, and the time that I have to be there.

    DAY OF CONCERT? Get directions on MapQuest

    HOUR BEFORE CONCERT? Show up so the cat in charge isn't upset, and set up.

    FIVE MINUTES BEFORE? Lip flutter, lip buzz, mouthpiece buzz, then play on the horn ala Bobby Shew warm up.

    I know that this seems like a wiseguy response, but all the other preparation is daily practice. If I have a gig that day, I warm up in the morning, go over parts if I have to, and then not play until 5-10 minutes before the gig. Like Rowuk said, stuff happens, and you don't want to create anxiety by doing things too much differently.

    That about sums it up for me, except for the mouthpiece buzz, which I don't do.
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    Re: Preparing for a big Concert/Gig/Competition

    OK, I doubt the OP is unlikely to read this as his last post was in 4/12 but here is my input from an old thread I am reading for the first time:

    ONE WEEK BEFORE? I practice 1-2 hours on the Quintet Materials and rudiments from "The Art of Jazz Trumpet" book by Mc Neil
    A COUPLE DAYS BEFORE? I practice 1-2 hours on the Quintet Materials and rudiments from "The Art of Jazz Trumpet" book by McNeil
    DAY OF CONCERT? Check concert address, find it on Google Map, and find hotels around the venue to provide posters of the performance details to the concierge to provide to patrons.
    HOUR BEFORE CONCERT? Waiting for the rest of the band to set up, talking to my significant other on the phone letting them know I arrived safely, my schedule and when I will call back
    FIVE MINUTES BEFORE? Warm up and sound check. Grabbing a glass of ice water with lemon to put on stage next to my horns
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    Re: Preparing for a big Concert/Gig/Competition

    Quote Originally Posted by Vulgano Brother View Post
    Case in point--a week before an all Bach gig in Germany (Magnificat, 3rd Suite, and the solo cantate 51, all on piccolo)...
    That reminds me of a funny, totally unrelated story. I was rehearsing the Magnificat many years ago, and I had the music in my trumpet case. At a big band rehearsal, I opened my case to get my trumpet out and one of my fellow trumpet players (he played 3rd/4th part) saw it and asked me if I was playing Cats...
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    Re: Preparing for a big Concert/Gig/Competition

    Know your music and relax. You play the trumpet, it's any other day to play except that day you have to dress up
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