I started working on a new tune that, and to do this right I need to increase my practical (i.e. musical) range by about two steps. My current musical range is D above the staff. I can play that musically every time I pick up the horn. <insert sound of thunder as lightning stikes the nose that just grew 3 inches> OK...OK...I can USUALLY play the D muscially. I can hit and hold and E if ...and only if...I play it LOUDLY. But the new tune goes up to F. And at that point the trumpet part is the background for the vocalists, so I new to play is softly (i.e. musically). I am working on this song for my own satisfaction, with no performance of it scheduled or even on the horizon. It is just a beutiful song that I have fallen in love with. So I am in no need of quick results, and I am willing to take the time and make the effort to get my range up to F...and KEEP my range up to F. Under these circumstances, does anybody have some exercises that they have used successfully to increase their range a little bit? Again, I am not looking for a quick fix. Thanks.