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Coming back from a layoff at age 59

01 juli 2008 06:18 #127 by Dale Clevenger
Coming back from a layoff at age 59 was created by Dale Clevenger

I played French Horn once, but had an accident. I lost my one upper tooth, and couldn't play anymore. At the time, I was a member of the Army Band at Ft. Monmouth NJ. and wanted to make a career out of playing. That accident, and my depressed attitude over the accident forced me to give up Horn playing.

I"m 59 now, and just retired from a public utility. Today I was up in the attic and notice my old French Horn. A Criss Kraft.

My question is, at my age can I build a new embouchure? And will a false tooth bridged between two capped teeth interfere much?

Dale Clevenger answers:

Dear sir, I do not think a bridged tooth should interfere with your trying to "return" to the horn. You'd be surprised at the number of famous brass players who have had serious accidents and were able to play again. Yes, you can build a new embouchure. It will take patience and time, but it can be done, lots of work on the mouth piece alone.....several minutes a day.... long (quality) tones, "siren"-like work, and lots of melodies....then proceed to the horn...think quality first, always.....Good luck. DC

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