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  1. AamirH

    AamirH New Friend

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    My continuous practice has payed off! I had been practicing long range with good tone for over 2 weeks now and I finally completed Fanfare For The Common Man by myself in clear tone. :lol: I can play all the way up to a high C (2 ledger lines above the staff) in a nice clear tone.
    I just needed to rant out my happiness, cause 2 weeks ago I would have trouble with an E (INSIDE THE STAFF!)

    PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!
     
  2. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    Congratulations! Don't forget though, that "perfect practice makes perfect." Good job on practicing the right stuff with the right attitude!

    Have fun!
     
  3. tpetplyr

    tpetplyr Pianissimo User

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    That's pretty cool, isn't the fanfare great?

    For the benefit of some of us range challenged trumpet players, could you elaborate on the routine you used to increase your range by a sixth in two weeks? I'm always up for suggestions for solidifying my upper register.

    Stuart
     
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  5. AamirH

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    Of course guys!

    Well my daily exercise would be to start from a low F#/Gb (2 ledger lines below the staff) and then slur all the way up to a C (Inside the staff), by semitones. I would repeat that 4 or 5 times until I think I am warmed up. Then I repeat it tongued. I try to keep the notes as short and powerful as possible. After that, I start on the C and go 5 semitones up. so:
    C, C#/Db, D, D#/Eb, E (quarter notes)
    If I play this phrase full and without any broken tones and will full air, I move on the the C#/Db and go again 5 semitones up:
    C#/Db, D, D#/Eb, E, F
    However, if I fail to play with a full clear sound, I start again from the C.

    Lately, I have been just practicing chromatic scales starting from the C, and see how high I can go. I kept practicing this over and over yesterday and eventually could hit the high C with a lot less strain and pressure. And it felt great!

    Another exercise I like to so is simply play open notes starting from the low C:
    C, G, C, E, G, C (and back down)
    and repeat.

    For all these exercises make SURE you use A LOT of air.

    Hope this helps!

    Aamir
     
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  7. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    AamirH,
    it is cool that after 2 weeks you can report some success. 2 weeks has NOTHING to do with any solid habits however. What you have can be wiped out by 2 days of carelessness! Carelessness can be as simple as wasting yourself by playing that fanfare too often!
    Keep that routine up if it works. After a year or two, you will be sufficiently reprogrammed for longer term success!
     
  8. A.N.A. Mendez

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    It is refreshing to get a post on results that was the fruit of work instead of "this or that mouthpiece or horn" Good job!
     
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    Very well said, John.


    OLDLOU>>
     
  10. gregc

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    Bravo, Lou!
     

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