Trumpet Dynamics

The Definitive Guide to Playing a Brass Instrument With a Cold Sore

I know people who tell me they've never had a cold sore in their life.

I hate those people.

Okay fine, I don't hate anyone. But I hate that they've never experienced what I've experienced WAY too many times as a trumpet and cornet player.

Or maybe I'm happy for them.

At any rate, anyone who plays a brass instrument - particularly those with smaller mouthpieces - will tell you what an absolute PAIN IN THE LIPS it is to play with a cold sore.

As if applying substantial pressure to our lips with a funky-shaped piece of silver-plated metal weren't bad enough.

NOPE. Now we have to deal with THIS.

It's like running the Daytona 500 with an over-inflated tire.

I used to get cold sores all the time, but I've discovered a solution.

I stopped getting them.

Well, that's not completely accurate.

A cold sore is a very mild form of herpes, which means that once you've got it, you've got it. It's a virus that stays with you all your days, awake and asleep.

It's a combination of things that causes the virus to flare up in the form of a cold sore.

For me, it's a lack of rest, playing a lot and stress.

It's like a loaf of bread in the oven. Once it hits the right temperature, the yeast activates and the bread rises.

When I was in the Army, I got cold sores all the time. I would decide to practice that one piece of music for another 15 minutes, and next thing I knew I'd feel that dreaded tingling in my lip, which would be a full-blown cold sore by the end of the day.

My only option at the time was to fight through it, play as little as possible until it went away - usually about 10 days.

When playing trumpet or cornet is an important part of earning your livelihood, it's problematic to say the least.

That's why I was so happy to meet Ken Robinson at the ITG conference in May of 2016.


Ken used to get cold sores all the time - to the point where he couldn't play his trumpet at all.

But he did something about it. He created Lip Repair, specifically for alleviating the cold sore symptoms before it becomes a full-blown cold sore.

Does Lip Repair remove or heal cold sores?

No. Like I said, it's a virus that stays with you pretty much forever.

What Lip Repair does is stop that virus in its tracks and keeps it dormant.

Once you feel that tingling in your lip, apply it every hour, on the hour.

Is it guaranteed to work?

There are no guarantees in life, especially when it comes to cold sores.

All I can tell you is from my own experience, IT WORKS!

Now, I'm not stupid. I'm not going to be playing my cornet while I'm applying Lip Repair to that fledgling cold sore if I don't have to.

And if I absolutely must play, I'll be as delicate as possible.

This is why I'm ECSTATIC to endorse Robinson's Remedies Lip Repair.

Perhaps you've seen other prominent brass players singing the praises of Ken's products.

My friend Paul Baron (who knows a thing or two about pressing that weird metal thing to his lips) has been promoting the heck out of Lip Renew on Facebook.

Ken Robinson is a benefactor to brass players the world over.

Lip Repair will ensure that you're able to play your instrument without one of those ##$^ing cold sores!.

Check it out!

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