Here's my scenario:
I'm attempting a comeback to playing after a good 3 years away from any kind of serious playing. The reason? I ended up having to have brain surgery for what's known as a Chiari Malformation 2 1/2 years ago. Not to get into TOO many details but basically this means that my brain had grown in a way that was putting too much pressure on the top of my spinal column and interrupting the flow of spinal fluid. The surgery took a piece of my skull and parts of my top two vertebra out in order to make room for my brain. My doc has told me I am ok to resume all regular activity including playing.
As I have been playing a bit lately I have been getting some discomfort in the area of my surgery (back of my head) whenever I start to push the volume and/or range and am starting to think I am going to need to change some things if this is going to work. I feel like I have too much tension and I feel like too much restriction in my horn and my airflow are creating the problems.
I am seriously thinking about a more free blowing horn like a Callet Jazz might help, but I really want to figure out what methods of playing would be the best for me to explore. I have studied the Reinhart method with Scott Holbert in the past but I am wondering if other methods might be worth looking into.
Is there a specific method that is more geared toward an approach that focuses most on being relaxed and NOT overblowing?
I will probably go see Scott as some point to see what he can suggest for me.
I know this is a bit of a weird question, and I know not TOO many people will have experienced anything like this... but I know you all will have some ideas.
I REALLY look forward to getting back into playing, and I really hope that in the long run this is a good thing for me, making me find a better/ more sensible/ thought out approach than I used before.
Thanks in advance for any and ALL thoughts!!!
Scott in Maryland