This is one of a series of six posts covering my lip injury and surgery. Here’s Part I.
Even with a fresh lip injury, a month off the horn seemed impossible. Before the injury, playing the trumpet, thinking about playing the trumpet and listening to other people play the trumpet used so much of my time and energy that I scarcely knew what to do with myself when I decided to put the horn in its case for four weeks. With little else to do besides drink coffee and twiddle my thumbs, I started learning guitar and reading a lot, starting with the scant literature on chop injuries. I began with Lucinda Lewis’ two excellent books on the subject, Broken Embouchures and Embouchure Rehabilitation. I started heavily researching lip injuries in brass players, and I found several trumpet players who’d experienced similar injuries. I pestered everyone I could into talking to me on the phone and tried to gather as much information as I could. [Read more…]