TrumpetBoards and a forum for Comeback Players, very timely!
When I packed my horns for long-term storage mid year 2000, I never planned to play again. A couple of weeks after my retirement in 2014, I got a call to play again from a fellow church member that I elected to accept. So many challenges right away, but now almost 5 years back, most have diminished greatly. Now at 68, with Alzheimer's in my family history, I find daily practice and regular public performances a great avenue to hopefully minimize that possibility. I have met many, many fellow musicians since I started playing again and I would count that as a very welcome development now that my working career has ended. Planning and executing a logical practice method is and has been a great physical and mental exercise as well! I'm working on a lot of fundamentals that I missed when I was younger and find that flexibility and endurance have improved greatly after practicing at least 1 1/2 hours everyday following a consistent 1/2 hour warm-up. As my playing ability steadily improves, I find my practice time growing continually benefiting from both aspects. I don't have any deadlines anymore, and that brings a certain "freedom" that now dominates my trumpet life! Very different from my previous trumpet experience and that is most welcome!
Glad to be here,