is it unhealthy to play really high notes

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by deathalele, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. deathalele

    deathalele New Member

    when i'm practicing i'l often see how high i can go, super C or D usually, sometimes when i do this i'l get a 'headspin' and will lose my vision for a few seconds, basicly i fell like i'm going to pass out,

    is this serious
  2. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Get your local GP to check it out! He/she is best qualified to diagnose and express an opinion.
  3. davidquinlan

    davidquinlan Member

    Sounds like you are trying too hard...
    If you want to play notes in that register without doing damage to your self (more than likely to your chops because of too much pressure), go and learn how to from a teacher or trumpet player who specialises in lead trumpet playing.
  4. Di B

    Di B Member

    Agree with get yourself checked out. Have felt giddy before but that was due to how long I held a high note and lack of breath! :)

    Make sure you are using right techniques - a decent tutor will help even if it is someone local.
  5. mickeycornet

    mickeycornet New Member

    if your wanting to generally get high notes and play principal try out different mout pieces.
    i have had the same thing happen to me a few times and it was simply because i was trying too hard, i did it playin inprague once in 40 degree heats and nearly fell off the stage
  6. steve butler

    steve butler Active Member

    I have the same trouble trying to achieve a super duper pedal Bb

    this is definately serious
  7. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    ... did you have to give up the piano because of that, Steve? :rolleyes:
  8. steve butler

    steve butler Active Member

    Well that was one of the reasons, the main one was it was playing havoc with my nails :redface:
  9. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Was that why they called it the Hammerklavier sonata ? ;) :oops:
  10. steve butler

    steve butler Active Member

    I was actually playing a Polish version of sandpaper ballet, in my ballet shoes of course :D
  11. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Nail Polish ? ;) :oops:
  12. steve butler

    steve butler Active Member

    I can see I can't pull the bales of wool over your eyes Peter :wink:
  13. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    Don't waste their time. You're using a lot more air than normal to try and get notes like that. It's no more serious than feeling a bit light headed after a hard sprint.
  14. leisa

    leisa Active Member

    Lynchie to the rescue!!! :biggrin:

    Yep, it happened to me the other day after playing stupidly high. It hadn't really happened before but I think it was cos I wasn't completely ready, hadn't taken enough air, and cos it was near to the end of the rehearsal I was probably over compensating for not thinking I would be able to get right up there. I wouldnt worry about it just work on it.
  15. crk365

    crk365 New Member

    Just imagine how sop players feel ?? :-?
  16. Kinrao

    Kinrao Member

    It's basically a lack of air combined with pressure on the brain, I mentioned it to a doctor once and he said it wasn't dangerous. If it comes with a seering pain however get it seen to!

    I get it all the time particularly on stage and to stop myself passing out I concentrate on planting my feet firmly on the ground. Nobody wants to look like a diddy by falling into the plants at the front of the stage!
  17. ronnie_the_lizard

    ronnie_the_lizard Active Member

    As the old joke says:
    Patient: "Doctor, Doctor, it hurts when I do this"
    Doctor: "Well stop doing it then!"

    From a doctor's point of view he would need to diagnose the problem, work out why it's happening and find a way of stopping it happening in the future. This is pretty damn obvious - if the only time it happens is when you play (for example) super C's - don't play super Cs.
    (If it happens at other times then definitely see the doctor.)

    From your point of view if it happens occasionally it's unlikely to be a problem but if it's happening regularly then you need to look at your technique (or rather get someone else to correct your technique) or else move to a less 'high pressure' instrument.
  18. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    It can be musically unhealthy...
  19. Crazysop

    Crazysop Member

    I get those exact symptoms a lot, usually on high and loud stuff, and most especially right in the middle of contests so i'm presuming nerves dont help the situation. How on earth I've not toppled of my chair yet is beyond me!