When it comes to trumpet playing, there are few things I have struggled with as much as getting rid of unnecessary tension. It took me so many years before I finally got where I am today and in this article I’m going to share the tips and tricks I have learned along the way….
“A few years ago I had a lot of struggle with my lips swelling when playing the trumpet. I played worse than I otherwise would have, on quite a few gigs because of this, and since you are reading this article I’m guessing you know that feeling…and that it’s far from being fun!”
Swollen Lips From Playing Trumpet
How To Prevent Swelling
“Now we are talking because this is something that is achievable. You see there is always going to be some mouthpiece pressure. It is inevitable, and the higher and louder we play, the more pressure we will use. This is just the way it is, however…”
How To Play Trumpet Without Pressure
If you are wondering how to play the trumpet without mouthpiece pressure then we have to get one thing clear right from the start…
…it can’t be done. There is no such thing as NO mouthpiece pressure!
“It’s important to realize that performance anxiety in music is very normal and that it is OK… however, if the anxiety becomes too strong we have to do something about it. Then, learning how to deal with stage fright when playing an instrument becomes very useful”
How To Deal With Stage Fright When Playing an Instrument
Most of us have been there. The sweaty hands, the dry mouth, that dark feeling that “I’m not going to make this”, the shallow breathing and…