I have been playing for a long time although I took a break for around 7-8 years. (As a returning player I came back with some self-inflicted bad habits mainly too much pressure) some 20 years back on the horn I now find myself playing Cornet in a brass band, Trumpet and Flugel in Cover bands, Jazz/Funk & Soul groups, and Original Artists.
For many years I have known that I am applying too much pressure and constricting myself to play higher. It sort of works to a point but at a cost, both sound and endurance.
The lack of blood flow around the chops means you don’t have long till the tank is empty.
I have been researching the problem, but nothing has really fixed it for me. Finally, I bit the bullet to try this Stratos thingy. If I’m honest I was very sceptical that it was going to help me. But felt I had to try something.
After some guidance both physically and equally important mentally, notes in the upper range suddenly just fell out the instrument. The moment actually happened and not just a one off a few times. I was a bit speechless to be honest. A, B, C up top just spilled out of the bell, unbelievably it felt like I was playing in the stave!!
‘To live without my music would be impossible to do”
My music is an escape from the anxiety, the stresses, and strains of life. I cannot imagine life without playing music. I am now armed with renewed confidence that I can continue to play, grow, and become a more accomplished brass musician. The work continues…..
Huge thanks to Marcus, he is a truly Marvellous man.
If you are struggling as a player with pressure/endurance, range you really should give the Stratos a chance and make sure you book some time with Marcus to steer you on the right path, you will not be disappointed.