(See previous thread on lip cuts, as to why I took some time off)
Not like I just said "screw trumpet" -- needed some legitimate time off for inside of lips to heal.
Regardless, the night of the second day, I went to play...and everything was awful. Right when I started, I noticed that my muscular coordination was entirely off... I couldn't get a focused sound, my lip slurs were practically nonexistant, regular slurs hardly there, articulation was crappy...range? -- Forget about it.
Obviously, I did what I tell anyone else to do -- quiet long tones, and some light lip slurs. Did it that night.
The following morning, around 7, I went to do a warmup (I was due to play the Hindemith Mvt 1 that afternoon in studio.....great luck. So I had to get down to business early)
Did the same thing, some Clarke studies and staccato tonguing in addition. Chops felt a little better... not the best. But usable. Played in Studio, got through it all right, but the quiet sections were terribly difficult -- again, couldn't get a good focus in my aperture.
Did some more practice...went to play in Symphonic Band. Muscles were pretty tired by the end of that. Went to KOS in Ocala for another two hours, following, with Cody (you know him). Again, manageable, but not what I'm used to. By the end of the day, had played for the equivalent of about 4 hours.
Today I pick up the horn, and it's like nothing happened. Even pulled out a couple high G's this evening, when yesterday a high C was hardly able.
My question to you all is, how did this happen? I've taken time off before, and felt fantastic (except when I took a whole week off -- then THIS happened, though not as dramatic, actually). And even more unusual is how quickly I've recovered. It seems unusual to me, and if there's anything I can do to prevent this in the future, I would like to know.
Thanks in Advance