John Q. Ericson
Arizona tiene un boletín regional de IHS, corno en la Cordillera. El representante del área pidió recientemente a los profesores de trompeta del área sus opiniones sobre el tema de la longevidad, como tocar la trompeta durante muchos años. Como este es un tema que debería interesar a todos, me gustaría ofrecer mis pensamientos aquí también.
Como escribí en corno en la Cordillera, la longevidad como trompetista se relaciona con al menos tres áreas que pueden necesitar ajustes con el tiempo en relación con el proceso de envejecimiento. Si bien cada uno de estos elementos podría ampliarse a un artículo completo sobre el tema, estos tres son puntos de partida importantes para la reflexión y la discusión.
- Equipment. Many players, as they age, report that they need to switch to a mouthpiece with a slightly larger inner diameter. It has something to do with aging and the lips. Also it may be well worth investigating different brands and models of horns and mouthpieces, more responsive equipment will be of help as the body changes slowly over time.
- Warm-up. Many good players when they are young get into a warm-up routine that in reality is a warm-up that extends well into a practice/technical routine. There is a point where the warm-up that worked for you for years may actually be causing problems, it may expend too much energy too quickly, and the length of the routine could be too long beyond the point where you are warmed-up and ready to play. Be sure you are warmed-up well in the mid-range before you expend much energy.
- Breathing. Finally, there is certainly an aging process to breathing. The lungs are less elastic as we age; younger players can sound fine with so-so breathing but as you age you really do need to make the most of what lung capacity you have.
There are many examples of hornists who have played successfully for years and years. I am convinced that part of their success was a willingness to make gradual changes and to listen to their bodies in relation to the three topics above. A practice routine and equipment that worked well for you at age 22 may not be so ideal 25 years later or even five years later, as even then you can begin the process of working yourself into problems by being unwilling to consider change. It will increase your longevity as a hornist.