Black Mist...

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by BrianT, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. BrianT

    BrianT Member

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    Those of you keen folk who caught Wantage playing the number 1 slot in the Championship Section at Stevenage this year may remember that after the final note of the piece (for me on sop, a written B above the stave, fortississimo + long fermata) the conductor gestured that I should stand up - but I didn't, not because I'm modest or anything, because for a few seconds I didn't know what was going on - the black mist had to clear first.

    Question is, why does the black mist descend and can it be avoided?
     
  2. Crazysop

    Crazysop Member

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    I get this quite often too, especially after loud top note stuff. Is it technique?
     
  3. Vegasbound

    Vegasbound Active Member

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    oxygen deprivation ??
     
  4. BenPhoenix

    BenPhoenix Member

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    Not exactly sure what you mean by black mist.
    But I get really dizzy sometimes. I think it is lack of oxygen or maybe even dehydration sometimes.
     
  5. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

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    I get the opposite, (White mist?) however that's usually when I've got to really up the volume on the low stuff. Everything goes a bit grey and silvery around the edges and I get dizzy.

    I remember hearing somewhere that oxygen is poisonous at high concentrations, and we all know it can adversely affect you at low concentrations.

    Maybe it's the equivalent of a car engine over-fueliing or running lean?
     
  6. SopranoGod

    SopranoGod Member

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    Its probably soemthing to do with lack of oxygen
     
  7. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

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    Although blackouts can be caused by various factors, there was a study done in context of trumpet playing ...

    http://www.jazzprofessional.com/profiles/Bernie%20Glow.htm
     
  8. snazzy_cornet_sound

    snazzy_cornet_sound Member

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    I get black mist at contests... Usually by my 6th pint
     
  9. flugtastic

    flugtastic Member

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    i get the dreaded black mist ... even in rehersals. it feels like im just about to pass out.
    i find it passes quicker if you put ur head between your knees.....
     
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2008
  10. andyp

    andyp Active Member

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    Last note of Pines of Rome used to do it to me, convinced me I wasn't really cut out for sop!
     
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