Weekly Trumpet Tips 8/1/10

The Shadow

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Tip #1 – Weight Loss / Weight Gain

Through the years, I’ve seen this topic come up on the various trumpet forums, talking about how a player lost a lot of weight and lost (at the same time) strength / range / endurance.  What these players most likely experienced was a loss of muscle mass at the same time as the weight loss.

A good personal trainer will tell you that you must keep your protein intake up with good protein sources such as lean meat, veggies, etc.

Remember that when you lose weight through stress or illness, your body will turn on muscles as well if it does not have the necessary “food.”  Your facial muscles are the same material and will weaken without the proper nutrition.

So the “tales” we hear about only the “big” guys have the range (or vice versa) is primarily just that – tales!  Proper strength building is mandatory, as is the right nutrition to maintain it.

Tip #2 – Physical Reasons For a Great Warm up!

This tip is inspired by Blaine Painter… he is a Chops Rehab client and offered some information about ATP that I hadn’t previously connected with or understood.  He had run across an article written in 2000 that talks about the use of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate).  This is essentially what the muscles use for fuel to be able to function and fire.  When we jump right into an activity (such as high velocity trumpet playing) without an ample warm up, we burn up the existing ATP that is stored for the muscles normal usage, but they cannot replenish that supply fast enough – essentially causing premature burn out / fatigue.  When we properly warm up, we are conditioning the muscles to be in an ATP production mode, which will help us stay fresh longer and not burn out the muscles prematurely. So there is a sound reason for a good solid slow warm up…

“There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge – both poverty and riches are offspring of thought.” Napoleon Hill 1883-1970, Author of Think and Grow Rich

Have a GREAT Week!