[Trombone-l] "high resistance playing", retinal tears and semi-detached retinas

Steve Gamble sgamble at tucsonsymphony.org
Thu Sep 2 09:06:05 CDT 2010

OK guys, I guess my attempt at dry subtle humor failed.

Steve Gamble, Librarian
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-----Original Message-----
From: lou jankowski [mailto:lou.jankowski at sympatico.ca] 
Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2010 7:04 AM
To: Daniel Pliskin; Steve Gamble; bone bone
Subject: Re: [Trombone-l] "high resistance playing", retinal tears and
semi-detached retinas

 My background is in respiratory physiology and I am an aspiring amateur

trombonist.  Since playing loud and low requires huge volumes of air, I 
wonder if your fuzzy vision could be caused by hyperventilation.  When
expire more carbon dioxide than we produce metabolically, the pH of the 
cerebro-spinal fluid rises, (becomes more alcaline) and this can cause 
dizziness as well as  distorted vision.    The classical remedy is to
use a 
paper bag to rebreathe your expired air and retain the CO2.  While you 
cannot do that while playing trombone try slowing your breathing rate.
My $0.02.  LOU
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Daniel Pliskin" <daniel_pliskin at hotmail.com>
To: <sgamble at tucsonsymphony.org>; "bone bone" <trombone-l at samford.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 5:59 PM
Subject: Re: [Trombone-l] "high resistance playing", retinal tears and 
semi-detached retinas

>> I get fuzzy vision when I play LOUD and LOW!
> I believe that the reason that TV looks wavy when playing low notes is

> that your whole head is vibrating to the frequency being played. So if

> your vision gets fuzzy when playing low notes loud, it could be for
> same reason and not much to worry about, in terms of long-term
> DanP
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