Thoughts on Trumpet Playing

*WARNING* Trumpet player talk is about to ensue. This may not be of any use to anyone other than trumpet wielders.

    I’ve wanted to start a page like this for some time, yet, here I am just now getting to it. I’ll blame it on my general lack of time these days, but deep down I know it’s because it’s taken me this long to a) get to a point on the horn where I can confidently talk about how I make things work and b) produce good results consistently.

    I’ve had damn near every single bad playing habit anyone has ever had – ever. I’ve also had pretty much every symptom brought on by incorrect playing that one can have, whether it be cut and irritated chops, strained muscles, burning sensations, “hot spots”, divots in my lips, passing out from over-exerting, herniated neck muscles, etc.

    If you’re struggling with an injury, or just trying to get better, I’ve been there and I’m here to tell you that you can make it through to the other side. Hopefully these articles will help you.

1. Lift valves high, strike valves hard.

2. Troubleshooting hotspots in your embouchure.

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