So today it happened. I reached my limits.
We are in the middle of the production Chicago, and now we're in the first of the three rehearsal weekend, which is a weekend of playing from 10:00 tot 18:00, so Sunday and Saturday. It's all jazz and musical music, ranging from bottom F# to, well, about three octaves up, about high G. The average playing range, where I'm into in the mayority of playing, is from G in the staff to G on the staff. We play for about 90 minutes and than have a break.
I never played that long, and the first 7 hours went pretty well, ofcourse, I got more tired when the day lasted longer, but not as much as I would have expected. After 7 hours the last block of playing came about, and it was one of the harder pieces, with some high playing, and we had to do it like ten times over because of some ignorant clarinet player After that I really was tired and the last fifteen minutes, no sound came out when playing high, and my lips started to ache. I was glad the day was over and I wouldn't have wanted to play a lot longer (which is quite unique).
But I'm very glad about this, I was anxious about playing a whole day, but now I got out of the confort zone and crosses my borders, which is the key to development. Before this, my record playing was about 4 or 5 hours, so I relayed my borders, and I can say, I got better in playing trumpet.
Now tommorow is another day of 8 hours, and I have to play flugelhorn as well, which means mouthpiece switching, of which i'm very curious about the result again. Also I'm anxious to know how my lips feel and act tommorow (tomorrow? :s) morning, because I haven't really been through to this. When I just stopped after 8 hours my lips ached like you've played with a lot of presure, but now they're feeling relaxed, like when you ran for a while, and after the souring of all your muscles is gone the relaxed, used feeling comes around.
I just wanted to share this, because I'm kinda proud, that i've reached a new milestone. Any suggestions on possible effects or tips or questions I'll be glad to hear or answer. Any similar experiences? I'ld love to hear it guys.