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« on: Jun 27, 2017, 06:18AM »

Hi, I've had a cold for over a week now, but luckily I think it's about to go away. I have tried to keep up playing, but it has really been hard to keep my motivation, since my sound has been awful these days. I figured it was because of the cold, making my throat stuffy and my lung capacity bad. I complained about it to my wife, but she said I sounded quite ok. I just assumed she was being nice and wanted to encourage me, but then I thought, maybe it's my own impression of the sound that's being clogged up by the cold, more than the sound actually being bad.

What's your experience on this? If you're having a cold, do you sound like you've never played the trombone before? And do your listeners agree, or is it just the subjective perception of the player himself that suffers?
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 27, 2017, 07:49AM »

A lot of it is the congestion in your ears.  Everything sounds odd when you have a head cold.  The ears are more a problem than the lungs (you can compensate by just breathing more).

Now that you are more-or-less over the virus, make sure to clean your mouthpiece well.  Maybe a trip through the dishwasher (not plastic, though!) or an overnight soak in mouthwash.  Don't want to reinfect yourself.
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 27, 2017, 11:21AM »

A lot of it is the congestion in your ears.  Everything sounds odd when you have a head cold.

Yep, the congestion in your ears will make your playing sound odd to you.
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« Reply #3 on: Jul 08, 2017, 07:13PM »

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/fanfare-for-the-common-cold-sheet-music/1780252
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« Reply #4 on: Jul 08, 2017, 08:00PM »


Have you ever played this?  It's a riot!
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 14, 2017, 05:56PM »

Have you ever played this?  It's a riot!

It's a hoot!  I bought the sheet music a few decades ago, and have only found a couple of groups willing to play it, but it's a lot of fun.  And who else uses "Sneezando!" as an expression?
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« Reply #6 on: Jul 14, 2017, 08:13PM »

My problem was the odd instrumentation for the ensemble.  It calls for 2 trumpets, 2 horns, and a trombone.  Not much other quintet music can be played with such a group.
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« Reply #7 on: Jul 15, 2017, 10:59PM »

I had a sinus infection my senior year of high school when I had to do a bunch of musical performances - playing horn... my ears were full of fluid and I really couldn't hear anything. Everything FELT normal playing wise except that I couldn't hear very well - I could only hear the sound of the buzz in my mouth to tell that I was on the right pitch, and I was playing HORN, which I'm surprised I made it through 3 or 4 shows like that...
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