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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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