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Brass: Bell's Palsy - Part Two


Copyright 2024, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Sanbom, C.
Journal Title: Canadian Musician
Date Published: Nov-00
Language: English
Category: Nervous Disorders
Key Words: brass palsy dystonia focal instrumental musician
Full Citation: Sanborn, Chase. Brass: Bell's Palsy- Part Two. Canadian Musician 22, no. 6 (November 2000): 30.
Full Abstract: Discusses the author's battle with Bell's Palsy, a nerve disorder that causes paralysis on one side of the face. Provides a week-by-week account of the author's recovery of his trumpet-playing skills. Notes that at the end of the first week, he could not even form an embouchure, by the end of the third week, he could barely get to the top of the staff, and throughout the fifth week the high register was still weak and unusable. Mentions playing two gigs during the sixth week and teaching at a jazz camp during the eighth week. States that week ten has brought almost total recovery.