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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 11:06 am    Post subject: Sore throat Reply with quote

Greetings from the Arizona Desert! I am on the comeback and have been for about a year. My range is coming back nicely and I am enjoying practicing perhaps too much. I am getting a recurring sore throat and I am looking for some clarity on a solution. One weekend I practiced for a total of maybe 6-8+ hours over 2 days. I wonder am I putting in too many hours or doing something to cause this? A couple of recovery days were very uncomfortable...
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's really difficult to say.

It could be:

- Dry air + practicing a lot, as you suggest
- Fumes from the valve oil (I had this problem a lot in my youth until I found an odorless one)
- Your instrument needs to get cleaned
- Seasonal allergies
- Any number of non-trumpet things
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sent a PM

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Bill_Bumps
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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i used to find myself extremely hoarse after practicing, to the extent that no one could understand me when I spoke.

Eventually, I realized that I was blowing from the back of my throat -- compressing the air at the back of my mouth -- instead of blowing from the diaphragm, the way I should have been doing.

Not saying that's what you're doing, but it might be woth considering.
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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I imagine it's a technique issue. It's pretty easy to engage the throat while playing as a means of trying to "push" the air, if you will. I have experienced throat discomfort from time to time while playing, and just have to remind myself to relax the throat and let the power come from the core. Best of luck in working to resolve your issue.
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Lionel
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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it's related to a neck puff you could try the neck puff eradication exercises ln pages 69 - 70 in the book "The Encyclopedia of the Pivot System" by the late Dr Donald Reinhardt. These really work at holding in a neck puff.

You know, assuming that your throat is stretching due to air pressure within the body. You had mentioned that your range is coming back nicely. As such that kinda set off a red flag in my mind. Practicing high notes by it's very nature really amps up the PSI within the throat. Remember how you always used to hear your band director or teacher to tell you to,

"Play with and open throat", right?

Well in the case of a neck puff that starts causing throat pain you most definitely don't want to play with THAT amount of openness in your throat lol.

I fixed my own expanding throat a long time ago but it takes periodic maintenance.
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