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Trumpet Discussion Discuss Throat Tension in the General forums; Originally Posted by Billy B The part about throat surgery is interesting. I had a student a few years ago ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy B
    The part about throat surgery is interesting. I had a student a few years ago who had severly infected tonsils removed. This actaully caused some some problems closing the epiglotis. .
    My tonsils have regrown twice after surgery. Then I had more radical surgery to prevent it ever happening again.

    Now, if only I could train my fingers or legs to regrow....

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    Re: Throat Tension

    Gordon -

    Have you tried cutting off an arm or leg? You never know...

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    Re: Throat Tension

    BigWind, I see that this is your first post here so this is your official welcome to TrumpetMaster. Why not go to the 'Introductions and Greetings' section and post some information about yourself. That way we can all get to know you better. Be sure to visit often. There is a lot here that is useful.

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    Re: Throat Tension

    I must be a much crappier player than even I realize. If I play a long tone, I can manipulate my throat all I want and it doesn't change my sound one bit, unless I go to the point of gagging. Likewise, I can play a long tone and move my tongue all over the place (even flip it upside down) and it makes no difference EXCEPT when I thrust my tongue so far forward that it is almost touching the back of both my upper and lower teeth, in which case it introduces an unacceptable "zzzzzzz" sound into the tone. When I ascend into the upper register, my tongue does not budge. If I make my tongue move or arch when I ascend, it makes no difference. I DO use my tongue to manipulate pitch when whistling or singing, but that's entirely different.
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