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Trumpet Discussion Discuss Worst timing possible in the General forums; A few days ago I've started to get a double buzz, and I don't see any visual damage on my ...
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    Worst timing possible

    A few days ago I've started to get a double buzz, and I don't see any visual damage on my lips. They feel smooth and in good playing condition. I had a small flake come up from my bottom lip last week, and yes I am guilty of biting it off and destroying my bottom lip basically. But for the rest of that day till now it FEELS like the outer layer of skin that is supposed to vibrate just peeled off. I've had situations like this before and the lip heals with good water and some chap stick. It's been 3 days and right now, my lips feel very smooth and I'm keeping my self hydrated. I think if my lips needed to repair that outer layer of skin I would notice it because my bottom lip would get a little flaky in the middle of regrowing back the skin. So I don't think I literally did wipe out that outer layer of skin. The problem is when I play, I start to get a double buzz as soon as I feel the slightest fatigue. Normally when I am fatigue and my lips have been absolutely rigged and destroyed, I just get a nasty double buzz. In the staff, the c is where the buzz starts to happen. Normally I don't get a double buzz unless I am very very very tired and trying to just hurt my mouth, so getting a double buzz after a short song and a warm up is very strange. I can't find the problem! ..Worst part is I got a very important performance tomorrow. I know all I can do now is just pray and drink water. Leave some suggestions or personal experiences below for me, because I feel like first chair is the last thing I deserve to be after tomorrow.
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    Re: Worst timing possible

    OK. Sometimes "us" trumpet players can get neurotic about whether or not something related to our embouchure, lips, etc., are working. Things are going great then all of the sudden then they are not for one reason or another. Stress and its effects can just destroy our physiology and psychology. A week prior to my final concert of the year, I bit both the upper and lower lips, midway between the corners and center. They bites turned into huge swollen, bloody cankers. I was blow nothing but air as I approached the top of the stave. I was really scared because I have some exposed parts above the stave. The more scared I got, the worse it got. So, I expressed these concerns to my teacher. We chatted and just played some simple duets together to relax and he showed me that if I focused only on the music and not how I felt I could actually play. It work, and the concert went well. For the parts that I could not practice because I was blowing air, I played them on the piano and sang them so the rhythm and pitch would stay in my head until concert time. Some about being in the concert took my mind of "me" and how I felt. I just focused on the music and playing. My teacher who attended said that my parts came off very clear. One of the pieces was Pine of Rome which is not easy.

    So, my advice is to go through your music. Sing your parts while to pressing the valves and let mother nature take its course.

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    Re: Worst timing possible

    Often the double-buzz comes as a result of too much vertical upwards motion on the part of the lower lip. Pulling it down a hair with the chin can sometimes help relieve the double-buzz.
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    Re: Worst timing possible

    If you had not been up to the usual practice routine as the lip biting kept you from playing your typical rehearsal sessions, don't fret, it will come back in about 1-2 weeks. In the meanwhile, I would go with VB's advice listed above.
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    Re: Worst timing possible

    Separate your teeth farther apart. Try a pinky width or just a bit less for starters. Stop immediately when you get the buzz, reset and go again. Adam Rapa helped with mine this way.
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