How can I play the high notes

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  1. nestbeast

    nestbeast Pianissimo User

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    I am frustrated.
    Does anyone know some good ways to develop your range above the staff?
     
  2. trumpetnick

    trumpetnick Fortissimo User

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    Patience. Half step at a time. Diligent and intelligent practice. Good teacher. Key word: Evolution. Don't forget to rest as much as you play (for example: 20min playing, 20 min rest).
     
  3. nestbeast

    nestbeast Pianissimo User

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    Thank you. I guess nothing comes quickly. Just like lifting weights - rest is important.
     
  4. edfitzvb

    edfitzvb Forte User

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    It is human nature to want what we want now. We don't WANT to rest. We want to continue, we want to shorten the rest period. Playing the trumpet will not only make one humble, it develops patience. If there were shortcuts I believe i would have found them by now.
     
  5. s.coomer

    s.coomer Forte User

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    Everything every one else has said and one last piece of advice "Practice".
     
  6. nestbeast

    nestbeast Pianissimo User

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    I am fortunate to have found a site with such helpful, good people. I can tell that all of them are good musicians. I wish they were all my neighbors.
     
  7. Dale Proctor

    Dale Proctor Utimate User

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    Buy a Schlossberg book and work on exercises from it during part of your practice time, observing the dynamics printed. You sort of "sneak up" on the high stuff that way and it becomes more familiar and easier.
     
  8. nestbeast

    nestbeast Pianissimo User

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    Dale,
    Thank you. I am ordering that book today.
     
  9. jbkirby

    jbkirby Forte User

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    Netbeast:

    I started playing again last August and can claim a solid C above the staff, but it took stressing the fundamentals. As I have stated in other postings, I concentrate on playing within the staff and playing long pedal tones, combined with lip slurs. All of this helps, along with regular practice. If you have access to a good trumpet teacher, take lessons. The high stuff will follow a disciplined practice methodology, if you are blessed with that ability. Some folks simply aren't capable of screaming, but can knock you out with their abilities on the trumpet. I don't stress over it, it robs the joy of playing!

    Have fun!!!!! :lol:
     
  10. nestbeast

    nestbeast Pianissimo User

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    Good advice and something that I will try to incorporate into my practicing. Right a teacher is not possible. Thank you - your knowledge is appreciated.
     

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