For about the past week, I have been having a small problem with my left TMJ. ("Temporomandibular joint", the "hinge" of the jaw.) It isn't terrible, but I don't want to make it worse. When I wake up in the morning, it is stiff and sore, but it loosens up during the day. It doesn't seem to affect my playing. I have known saxophone players with this problem, but not trumpet players.
I know. I know. I should go ask a doctor or dentist. But I'm checking with the trumpet players first. If you have ever had this problem, please let me know what (if any) worked best:
1. Give it a rest, and lay off for a few days?
2. Do some special exercises?
3. Avoid straining for the high range?
4. Avoid dropping the jaw for the low range?
I'm not a professional. I'm a 61 year old architect who plays recreationally for church ensembles, big bands, and other miscellaneous.