Every part of my being goes into my playing:
Physically- basics include proper hydration (clear pee) to proper nutrition. Physical fitness is always a good thing too, after 20 minutes endorphins are released which is an upper, that goes into my playing. Physiologically our body responds to how we treat it. Body builders have this down to a no kidding science ie. simple vs complex carb for example.
Mentally- Have I prepared, how's my attitude before I play? I like to believe I'm enjoying the lifelong journey of being a better player.
Emotionally- Am I in a good place?
Spiritually- This means different things to different people, to me it means how's my relationship with God going.
I've had hernia surgery...2x. I learned our body compensates in areas we may not be aware while performing tasks. Another example might be a knee problem can work it's way up to a back problem for example as our posture changes not for the better to take weight off the hurt knee. My point is the more resilient and complete I am as a person when I pick up the horn the more resiliant and complete my playing, practice, or performance.
Great thread Rowuk!
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Any alcohol before a gig, I really avoid. I like to keep my mind and senses as clear as possible when I launch into improvisation.
Water with lemon I find is the best drink to have up on stage with me.
I recommend avoiding popcorn, nuts, or fibrous materials that can lodge between the teeth prior to playing. That can become very annoying and take you mind off your playing.
I try to keep it light, both regarding the food, itself, and the volume. I usually eat after performances, so I don't need to be eating dinner just before a performance. On the other hand, too light and I'm not fueled up enough. About one to one-and-a-half hours before I leave my place, I usually have pasta or a salad with pasta as one of its ingredients, maybe a dinner roll (actually Brötchen), some fruit and a shot of espresso. No alcohol although herbs were mentioned above and I used to use Johanneskraut until I changed leukemia medicine which forbid most herbal treatments.
You can't blow it if you haven't lived it.
"Even if I could play like Wynton Marsalis, I wouldn't play like Wynton Marsalis."
Martin Committee (1956)
Connstellation 38B (1959)
LA Benge 3X (1970s)
Hans Hoyer G-10 Geyer Horn
I have never liked playing with a full belly. Too much of anything and I not only feel sluggish, but I think it also restricts your breathing. So, a small sandwich, no chips, nothing carbonated to drink and not too much liquid filling up my paunch. Nothing to build up gas, either, so avoiding dairy and onions and such.
~'77 DEG Dynasty II Soprano Bugle in G
'13 Chinese POS "Hawk" branded Flugel from Amazon
'59 Olds Ambassador Cornet
'51 Olds Super
'69 Olds Studio
'40 Olds Special Cornet, Military Issued
Salty foods -- potato chips, pretzels, etc. Seem to have my lips swell and also hurt my endurance ((swelled lips cause me to use more pressure, which always limits my endurance on the trumpet)
1991 King Silver Flair
1953 Olds Super (LA)
1979 King KG1055T (pre UMI) Silver Flair
1940? Olds Ambassador (LA) tenor trombone
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I find a simple bowl of fresh pineapple and watermelon sets me up for a good day's practice as well as anything. Very light on the stomach. some readily accessible fruit carbs for an energy boost, refreshing and packed with vitamin C. Can't beat it imho.
Bb Trumpets: Yamaha YTR-6335HSII - Flip Oakes "Wild Thing" - 1972 Getzen Eterna "Severinsen" - 1980 Boosey & Hawkes Sovereign Studio - B&S 3005 WTR-L - 1963 Besson 10-10 - Monke Mystery Horn - Spiri Vario
C Trumpet: Inderbinen Alpha 200
Bb Bass: 1961 Holton #58 "Symphony"
Wyrd oft nereð unfågne eorl, þonne his ellen dëah.
"Pypes, trompes, nakers, clariounes, that in bataille blowen blody sounes"
Three Pints of Theakstone's Bitter, followed by Steak and Kidney Pudding or Toad in't Ole, washed down with three pints of Old Peculier, I might not play too well but I won't care too much about it.
In all seriousness anything light quiche or omlette something of that ilk Honest
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Gear For Music Basic Euphonium
Saving up for a Flugel.
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