With the Holidays being this past week and being back in Tampa with my family I found myself not playing my trombone as often. I am sure a lot of you are in the same boat. Here are some tips to get yourself back in shape after a short hiatus.
Don’t do too much too fast. Make sure to gradually get back up to the amount of practice time you were previously at. Play in short bursts. No more than 30 min at a time. After not exercising for a week or two you wouldn’t go out and run a 5k would you? Our lips are an even more sensitive muscle and you want to make sure not to cause damage.
I like to start off my day low and slow. Work in the mid to low register and play long tones, slow melodies over drones etc. You want to get your muscle memory back and intonation can also suffer with some time off so this will allow you to really dial back in and get your muscles and ears working together again.
Make sure to spend a good amount of time on fundamentals. These are the building blocks of being a musician. Hit those lip slurs, articulation exercises, intervals etc. Make sure to get everything back in working order before jumping into your solo literature.
These are just a few things I like to do to get back on the horn after a short break. What are some things you find helpful? Leave your comments bellow.