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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by Jharris View Post
    I wouldnít give up yet.

    I developed focal dystonia 12 months ago, 6 months later could not play at allÖ. Tried everything, changing equipment, mouthpieces, how I sit etc.

    Practiced everyday just starting notes, tried to do the exercises a tutor who specialises in Dystonia issues, very little if nothing in the way for 6 monthsÖ left the tutor, too expensive for so little return.

    Finally able to get a doctors appointment, had a full battery of tests , and what showed up wasnít directly related to the dystonia, so more tests are due. I am being sent to a neurologist at some point for a scan, but NHS waiting times mean I have to be patient.

    But, in the last 2 weeks I have made the most amount of progress, after Icing and resetting my Vagus nerve.

    Ice packs on my chest and back of neck for 15-20 minutes.

    Within 24 hours the impact was apparent, able to produce and hold notes again them collapsing, breathing more in sync, range is back.

    Itís not perfect but I think the issues left behind are from practicing so much with the dystonia low need to be unlearnt. So currently, starting notes cleanly is a struggle, tongue coordination has suffered itís not quite sure where it needs to be, and coming down the register is harder than going up them so still flexibility issues, both of which can be explained by effectively not being able to practice properly, but now every day is starting to feel that much closer to being able to get back to band.

    After months of being reduced to just one or two notes, these last two weeks have felt miraculous!

    The tutor I had also said it was a full rebuild, and at this stage of my journey I am actually going to say it is more of a finding your way back to what you had rather than a fresh start entirely.

    I am having to dissect problems in the minutiae, so I might spend most of an entire session just looking at flexibility between 2 notes, then recapping on what I already know I can do again, scales going up for example. To remind myself how far I have progressed.
    Putting a silent mute in and doing very simple repetitive things whilst watching telly is my way of coping with the monotony of the process, but like I said I feel like I am finally on the right road and the Embouchure is almost feeling natural and normal again.

    Donít give up, not yet!
    Thanks for posting this. I have neither time nor inclination to go through a rebuild. I have played, successfully, and it seems so far away as to be nonsensical.

    I donít want to have to play bottom C for half an hour before moving onto a middle G.

    I have decided I need a musical pursuit that doesnít fill me with despondency. I could play at a level where my playing would be suitable but I would hate the music, and my own lack of ability. My musical thoughts and ideas do not tally with my ability to articulate them and that is utterly intolerable.

    Iíll will be going back to drums, and the E2 is up for sale. As is the Yamaha Silent Brass system and a huge archive of music.

    Thanks for all your help and support. Itís been an education.
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  2. Completely understand where your head is at with it, I have lived in that mental state for a long while!

    I realise once your mind is made up over something, then that has a significant power over the outcome, please just know that if you change your mind, thatís itís not impossible to get back on track.

    Now I think I am managing the under lying problem, issues with my Vagus nerve, which possibly could be long covid leaving a legacy behindÖ as the vagus nerve controls breathing, stomach, bowels and facial musclesÖ progress is happening much faster now than before, more in the last 2 weeks than the last 6 months.

    I would still advise going to the doctors.

    Issues are either going to be:

    Medical
    Physical
    Mental

    Elimination of potential sources of your issues might help. Or even if itís just to avoid issues also potentially happening with the drums in the future.

    Feel free to reach out if you want any tips on the exercises I have been doing.

    Good luck with whatever you decide.

  3. #13
    Simon….. message sent….
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  4. #14
    I started trying to play violin with my kids and that showed me (1) violin is really hard to learn to a good level (and harder as an adult) and (2) I enjoy music. I'd been pretty good on brass before. So now I'm about five years back onto brass and really enjoying it and have moved beyond trumpet to euphonium and trombone. I think going back to an instrument you loved is in no way a defeat.
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    Adams E2 0.80 Yellow Brass, Satin Lacquer, Blue Abalone Buttons
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    Adams E2 0.80 Yellow Brass, Satin Lacquer, Blue Abalone Buttons
    Denis Wick SM4XR Gold

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    Adams E2 0.80 Yellow Brass, Satin Lacquer, Blue Abalone Buttons
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  10. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by iMav View Post
    Are you going to be posting a for sale thread?
    I think Iíd better!
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