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Brass instruments forbidden

We made a trip to Devon to visit my mother-in-law last weekend. The first long trip away from home since March. It was such a novelty that we forgot to turn off the M40 and started heading up to Birmingham! We eventually made it there, and spent two days helping out round the house – hanging 44 pictures by the end (she had not long ago moved into her new home). We also spent a day on our inflatable canoe on a canal, with beautiful dappled sunshine and a gentle breeze. We found a cream tea half way in a farm cafe. Quite perfect. Then on the following day we dropped off for lunch at a friends, sitting in their garden. Just four days away, but the longest we’d been away from home this summer and it felt like a holiday.


Canoeing on the Grand Western Canal in Devon

I was pleased to get a positive response from one email to an out-door shopping centre where I have played many times before. They might want a band for next weekend. They checked the government guidance and apparently wind and brass instruments are still not allowed. Numerous frustrated brass instrument players have pointed out that their instruments project sound waves, not air. The actual flow of air down the instrument is very slow, and any moisture from the breath is caught by the instrument before it leaves the end anyway. It feels like musicians jobs are being forbidden on the basis of a poor understanding of the basic physics of how a wind instruments work. Indoor gyms are now permitted, full of people breathing hard, but outdoor playing of wind instruments is forbidden.

Luckily I’m versatile so I’ve offered a band of guitars, violin and double bass. The booking hasn’t been confirmed but I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I’ll need to do plenty of double bass practice this week to make sure I’m in shape to do the gigs.

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