best high note method

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  1. ltg_trumpet

    ltg_trumpet Mezzo Piano User

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    hey guys, i havent been very active in the community lately because of my good old high school marching band... my trumpet playing is going great, im now first trumpet in the band, and am now being urged to play the highest notes in the peice... i realizethat through the season, i will be capable of playing that high... however with a couple of the other things i am involved asking for some higher notes, i am searching for a method that that is respected as the best, thanks
     
  2. Pseudonym

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    Cat Anderson's 20G, 20C. It's simple, it's effective. I've seen results after just two weeks on it.

    Hold a second-line G out for twenty minutes straight, only stopping to breathe in through the nose, at Pianissimo. Rest ten minutes.

    Hold a second-space C out for twenty minutes straight, only stopping to breathe in through the not, at Pianissimo. Rest ten minutes. Continue practicing if desired.


    It's a full hour of concentration, and it builds the endurance like none other. Try it out, and if it works for you, then that's great. We can only give advice on methods, we can't pinpoint what will work for you perfectly, only you can do that through experience. Have fun.
     
  3. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    Unpopular old-skool approach: Clarke's Third Study, tongued and slurred, pp, and keep transposing upwards. You'll get chops and learn your scales. Of course, it isn't cool, because you'll be macho and smart at the same time.

    Some girls go for that combination, by the way.

    Good luck!
     
  4. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    There is no best method, just best players not looking for shortcuts. Respect is something that every player needs to earn. No method can be considered universal.

    Chops are built through good playing habits over time. The sooner that you give up on that search for the holy grail, the sooner you will be on the road to getting better. Solid, long term intelligent practice will give you results. Which playing direction that you take is determined by your soul, not some anonymous internet advice!
     
  5. Al Innella

    Al Innella Forte User

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    Like every thing else, if you want to learn something on the trumpet you must practice it. In other words if you want to play high notes you have to practice notes, now don't over do it and practice high on fresh chops , never when your tired, arpeggios up as high as you can play, always try to extend range, lip slurs, scales, and playing melodies you know up an octave, look for a 4th or 5th below the highest note you can hit as your usable [ practical] range , it takes time don't be impatient.
     
  6. BergeronWannabe

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    Agreeing with everything said so far, I'd add that Colin Lip Flexibilities
    have been very helpful for me. Like Vulgano said, soft!
    Have fun,
    -Andrew
     
  7. ltg_trumpet

    ltg_trumpet Mezzo Piano User

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    I realize that there is no holy grail, so, i guess i should have asked for someone to tell me what works for them... i have a freind who thinks he can get by just playing at rehearsals... ive realized however that it truly only comes through perseverance... if i didnt love trumpet than i wouldnt play, so i guess you gotta throw some passion into themix as well... the 20g 20c is an interesting idea... ill give it a try... thanks for the help guys
     
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  8. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    NO! We build muscles and control by build up and tear down, carefully dosed. Continuous playing is only good for strong chops. Just like with medicine: 2 aspirins will relieve a headache, 10 will not.
     
  9. ltg_trumpet

    ltg_trumpet Mezzo Piano User

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    wow... ok... strike that... lol...

    wait, so is the method unhealthy or cb? wow... im starting to feel like a newb again, lol learn something new every day
     
  10. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Weak chops are the problem. They should be outlawed!
     

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