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I noticed it a few weeks ago and couldn't put my finger on it, but this evening having not eaten anything substantial since late morning, when I started practicing then playing, the sound I was producing was mellow, smooth and just as I had been trying to repeat.

Could the fact that there was not so much food in my stomach give me a larger area to resonate from or could it be that there was more room for air?

Maybe I am talking out of my As* and maybe it was just a coincidence, however would I welcome your thoughts.:!:
 

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If I'm not distracted by hunger, I do feel better when playing if I haven't recently had a meal.
 

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Absolutely, When I play weddings we usually get a big fancy meal. It sure is tough to get Rockin' after a big steak. :cry:
 

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jentone said:
Absolutely, When I play weddings we usually get a big fancy meal. I sure is tough to get Rockin' after a big steak. :cry:
Burping up gravy while playing SUCKS!!
 

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If I eat before I play I try to eat lightly. If i eat too much it makes me tired. and a full stomach does seem to affect my expressionism .. or I should say my concentration lags which affect my playing
 

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I like playing another set after a meal.
Just add to the list of variables:
Reed/mouthpiece/ligature/neck/horn/Strap?/RoomAcoustics/
stomachContent/bloodSugarLevel/earwaxThickness/generalhydration
/TimeOfDay?/AirTemperature/altitude/energyLevel/EmotionalState/DigestiveState/
fingerNailLength/SockTightness/ToenailLength
What have I missed?
 

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The initial stages of digestion take up a lot of energy from your body (30% if I remember those biology classes loooong ago), that's why you'd feel the cold more if you get out in chilly temperatures just after a good meal.... so it makes sense not to play just after a hearty meal.
(those rehearsals or practice sessions just after lunch are not great indeed....)
 

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I tend to eat ALOT if the food is free. The body stuff sounds insteresting but plainly speaking my body IS stuffed. I just can't breath as deeply. Hopefully the food is agreeable or the night gets REALLY INTERESTING.:D
 

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jentone said:
Absolutely, When I play weddings we usually get a big fancy meal. It sure is tough to get Rockin' after a big steak. :cry:
Yeah, but I bet you get a great "meaty" tone, though...
 

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I find this question interesting! If I'm too hungry, I can't breath correctly. If I'm too full, I can't breath correctly! The last thing I want to do is pig out on a casual! The food may be good,(or great), but I can't breath properly. The second worse thing, is eating fast food, 30 minutes before a recording session! The saliva flows, big time!!!
 

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jentone said:
I tend to eat ALOT if the food is free.
That's the way with most musicians. I know a band who arrived at a gig and immediately tucked into the free bowl of fruit in the dressing room - ate the lot. It turned out later that the fruit belonged to a juggler who was also on the bill. The band ate the juggler's props… how about that?
 

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martysax said:
I like eating, then playing a set, especially if it causes gas. I've been known to hit tri-tones.

My bass player, on the other hand, doesn't appreciate it.
Do you drive your company car to these gigs?
 

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Gives it that "EW" car smell.
 
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