Flat Upper Register

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  1. Juarez-MA

    Juarez-MA Pianissimo User

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    I have been using a Bach 5C mpc with my Bach Chicago C trumpet.
    I love the tone, response, and intonation-hasn't been a problem. But now that I am getting proficient with my C (playing Bbs feels like playing toy trumpets/vuvuzelas), I am noticing that my upper range is quite flat. I can lip up a little but not enough.
    I tried a 3C mpc...my response improved and tone became richer...still no difference in upper register though.
    What can I do?!
     
  2. Vulgano Brother

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    Try a Schmidt backbore.
     
  3. keigoh

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    you're probably not being able to use enough air support to sustain those notes at the correct pitch.
     
  4. Juarez-MA

    Juarez-MA Pianissimo User

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    I can play those notes just fine on Bb. When I get those "high" enough on my C, they overblow to the next partial.
     
  5. Juarez-MA

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    I actually had thought to look for something with a bigger backbore. Apparently, Bach mps tend to play flat in the upper register.
     
  6. Vulgano Brother

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    Don't forget that all those notes are a full step higher than the Bb fingerings would imply.
     
  7. Juarez-MA

    Juarez-MA Pianissimo User

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    I'm confused...
     
  8. Vulgano Brother

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    Often, when first playing C, we read a G above the staff, and blow into it like a G on the Bb, but in reality we have to blow like an A above the staff played on a Bb.
     
  9. Juarez-MA

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    That makes sense. It hasn't been an issue for me. I just can't bring the high notes up in tune- by the the time I bring them up to where they should be in tune, they shoot up to the next partial.
     
  10. Dale Proctor

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    Try the more open backbore route. A more shallow mouthpiece will often make the upper register play more sharp, too. I tried the large throat/open backbore route on my C trumpet with two different mouthpieces and the horn was more flat up high than it was with the standard 27/10 Bach mouthpiece specs. Mine plays best with a plain old 3C, but everyone's different.
     

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