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Scatmanblues gave very good advice, as did those who suggested ChopSaver and ibuprofen. But I'll still throw a few other suggestions out there. Occasional icing and massaging the chops can help. Getting a copy of Charles Colin's complete set of lip flexibility studies, and incorporating some into everyday practice, can make a big difference (you can also use some of the flexibility exercises from Arban, Clarke, the interval studies from Schlossberg - there's plenty of good stuff out there). Try to minimize the time you spend with your horn cranked up aiming into the judges' box in the stands - unless you're using a bent-stem mouthpiece, that's a pretty lousy way to have to play a trumpet. Finally, the inevitable mouthpiece change: talk to Mark Curry about a similar cup and rim size but in his 600 series - they're more comfortable if you're a pressure player (not saying you should be, of course, but if you are, he can help).
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Aubertins, Bessons, Calicchios, Courtois, Wild Things, Marcinkiewicz, Ogilbee Thumpet, DeNicola Puje, Kanstuls, etc.
I just clobbered my face in two days of excessive playing with an unexpectedly good horn that arrived in the mail, and had a similar dilemma on day 3. My lips were swollen and I could get no decent sound out ... So, I took two days off. I'm used to the formula of as much rest as playing .... so it seemed appropriate. Then, on day 5, a good sound again. It's not recommended however (to let your face get clobbered). Also, some lip balm did wonders on the two days I took off.
I usually don't recommend people to do this, but because you damaged your lips,take a day or two off.
When you start up again practice very soft with as little pressure as possible.
It's not how long you practice,but the way you play when you practice that makes the difference.
As a trumpeter that loves the cornet I would worry if I had to use pressure for a C on the stave or the D above it and boy can I use pressure if I have to, C on the stave should be free and easy. I'm not having a go but try to relax and lessen the mothpiece pressure. I played a gig today (in an English Brass Band) where towards the end I needed a Bb above the stave and it wa the only note I needed a bit extra pressure for (on a cornet) I have sung first tenor in Grand Opera's though including a couple of lead roles and that revoloutinoised my playing to such and extent I now believe every brass player should have lessons from a singing teacher, at least in breathing. It has given me more control, strength and endurance. Just a thought
"There are two sides to a trumpeter's personality: there is the one that lives only to lay waste to the woodwinds and strings, leaving them lying blue and lifeless along the swath of destruction that is a trumpeter's fury; then there's the dark side...." --Michael Stewart
If that question was asked of an Aussie Band Camp:
"What to do after destroying the face in band camp?"
Answer: Plenty of water to hydrate - 1 litre before bed, and lay off the alcohol today!"
Why do I like a bell that Points UP ?
- because the spit does not run back into my mouth!
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