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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Tobias014, Sep 18, 2013.
I thought you wore big pants for that?
Ahhh the big pants help to contain contain the perfection.
If you trust that the instrument is physically designed to amplify sound waves then backing off when ascending helps. Sometimes we overblow in attempts to hear ourselves behind the horn. When you get above the staff, try backing off 10-20% and see how that goes. You should record yourself from 40 or so feet away which is about where the audience member would be sitting if you were on stage. They are the ones listening to you when you are performing anyways. If it sounds good from that perspective then you have success. How is your breathing? Are you as efficient as possible? Are you using equipment that makes ascending into the upper register as easy as possible while maintaining a quality sound? Those are questions that could fill an entire forum all by themselves. You will notice that I didn't suggest a particular method or product. That is because everyone is different and that is why you need to get with someone that will help you assess where you are at and make suggestions based on what goals you are trying to acheive.
The advice on this thread was tremendous.
I've spent the last month working on either Arban's from page 20 or Clarke's Technical Studies several times a week.
This morning I nailed E above the staff. I stared at my trumpet and then did it a few more times, just because I could.
Then I ran and showed my wife who feigned interest before asking if I was going to pick up more baby formula on the way home. She really digs my trumpet playing.
Thanks again for all the input.
So I guess you are sayin': You've come a long way - baby. And all through using the right formula.... now don't forget to burp the baby...
My upper range breakthrough came when I figured out the proper visualization for a high tongue arch. I added a third to my playable range instantly. I went from decent High Es and iffy High Gs to strong High G's and sometimes As. Interestingly, the high tongue arch visualization was different than what I expected.
I think that great way to control the airflow in all registers is praticing with spirometr (playing on your mouthpice into spirometr) it will show really hom much air you are "pushing" while playing
Wow - I can do that without tongue arching - just think what could happen if I figured out how to play this - but not to worry I can't figure out the "backing off" in the higher register - nope I can't figure most of this advice out - blow hard and blow often as GM might say to us - my results only came from practice, practice, practice - just play and be happy I say