Weekly Trumpet Tips 8/2/11

The Shadow

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Here Are your Weekly Tips:

Tip #1 – Endurance Problems?

There seems to always remain the question of “How do I improve my endurance?”  To which I must answer that there are two variations of answers to that question.  The first is – how much do you practice?  Is it daily?  If it’s not, then there lies a large part of the endurance problem right there.  Practicing – or the physical act of playing needs to occur daily!  With little to no days off!  However – over playing (which is the second variation of the answer) can lead to fatigued and over worked chops.

How do I over come this?  A smarter practice routine will always win out!  Warming up properly, being kind and gentle to the chops early on and really paying close attention to the other things we’ve discussed in the past.  Feel free to check out past tips that talk about pinching, air usage, etc.  I still believe that a good heavy day / light day routine will stave off any serious bouts of fatigue and will keep you in tip top shape.  Like any athlete, you have to push it sometimes…

Tip #2 – Sore or Damaged Lips

Over the weekend, I played outside in this sticky, nasty, crappy Texas summer weather we’re having.  I didn’t even have my horns set up, and I was sweating like a billy goat in a pepper patch!  Through this grueling 4 hour show, the heat and humidity affected my lips and actually caused the outer layer of skin to break on my top lip.  No bleeding, but no fun either!

While touring with Maynard, he turned me on to some pretty cool stuff – one of the most useful was what to do when your lips are in need of help!

First and foremost – REST!  Second – he said to take sea salt and mix it with warm (as warm as you can take) water in a bowl.  Mix it up really good and soak your lips in there.  Sometimes he said he would alternate between warm salt water and ice / ice water depending on how bad the wound was.

Tonight, I was back with a jazz band playing lead for 2 hours.  I felt just fine!  Thanks Boss – you saved me again!!!

We want to hear from you!  What do you do when your chops are beaten to a pulp?

“When I thought I couldn’t go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck.”

Estee Lauder
1906-2004, Entrepreneur

Have a GREAT week!