I’m into my 5th year of playing trumpet. My daily practice routine is: 5 to 10 minutes before leaving for the office. 20 to 25 minutes at lunch time. 30 minutes to 90 minutes in the evening. My playing range is up to G above the staff on a good day, and I can get the A above this G when playing scales. Although if I’m honest with myself I haven’t got full control of the G in all the dynamics. As I’ve increased my range over the years, I’ve always felt I use noticeable mouthpiece pressure when I reach the last couple on notes at the top of my range. Is this normal? During the last month or two, I’ve noticed that the first note I play easily when starting my practice routine is second line G. Before it was always C below the staff. Would it be fair to say that this is a sign of my embouchure becoming stronger? Trumpet – golfer.