How to practice for high notes?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by keigoh, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. keigoh

    keigoh Pianissimo User

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    I know that in order to play high notes, you need faster air, strong embouchure, and better support.
    What are some exercises that I could do to train myself these things?
     
  2. rettepnoj

    rettepnoj Fortissimo User

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    Caruso Musical Calisthenics for Brass
     
  3. Peter McNeill

    Peter McNeill Utimate User

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  4. kingtrumpet

    kingtrumpet Utimate User

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    long tones on all scales, in the staff and above (also resting your chops in between reps) -- also, when you do a difficult chop strengthening day, then do an easy restful day so the chops recoup a bit, (that is heal, and rest, and strengthen them)
     
  5. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

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    It's just me I guess, I just don't need or want to play higher than the music is written to play. If it is way up there, I've a very nice piccolo trumpet.
     
  6. tobylou8

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    Chromatic ascension is a tried and true method and it's simple.
     
  7. DaTrump

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    I'm a fan of using false fingerings on top of everything else mentioned.
     
  8. graysono

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    What he said, but also: In Frink and McNeill (Flexus) they suggest an exercise that has helped me. Select an easy starting note, say G in staff. Bend the G without changing the fingering over two bars, such as G (half note), G quarter note, F# quarter note (reached by relaxing the chops without changing the fingering), then tightening back to G for a whole bar searching for the best centering possible--no tighter. Rest one bar. Proceed chromatically upward repeating this two bar sequence. When your sound breaks, stop. As you strengthen, you can start the exercise on a higher note, e.g., the G on top of the staff. As in Peter's prior advice, what is important is not to overdo this. That is, once a day and to put a day between doing this one. Also, the warmdown advice is great--a chance to practice slurring down to pedal tones. Have fun. Don't expect this to work in a day. It'll take months, if not years. Progress is one stronger, higher note than your current repertoire contains.:-)
     
  9. Mamboman

    Mamboman Pianissimo User

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    Are false fingerings a good or a bad thing to use? Any experience
     
  10. DaTrump

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    I only use them when practicing high notes and when the note in question is very out of tune.
     

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