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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by songbook, Feb 16, 2013.
What causes the higher notes to drop down after I hit it so cleanly?
Lack of power for one, and, uhh, we don't "hit" notes, we play them. Kinda a follow-through thing. Long tones in the upper register should help.
Sounds like a blast, VB
However, Grandma's Rule is applicable here ("No dessert unless you eat your vegetables")
you have to sustain the apeture buzz...
but maybe you are not strong enough to hold it very long.
maybe your air support declines and the buzz stops or falls off
maybe you increase pressure to "hit" the note, but the chops can't sustain that much pressure for very long.
Go to a gym and ask a trainer "How come I can lift 250lbs once, but not 10 times?"... same kind of thing. Maybe!
Chops aren't developed enough, that's all, welcome to the club. The small muscles coming together to form the aperture don't tell you when they're tired but the notes surely will, as you have already experienced. Careful but persistent practice is the way.
Did you articulate them when you "hit" them? The cool thing about the tongue is that when you articulate, it pushes this nice bit on air pressure into the mouthpiece, usually enough to give you a few extra notes. My range isn't all that great, the highest I can sustain is a High C, or D on a really good day but I can consistently "punch" an E.
Now if it's a note you already own, it could be that it needs more air.
Yeah, me thinks it's a lack of air support.
I'll work on eating my vegetables and lifting 250 pound weights. Vulgano Brother I will try those long tones in the higher register. Thank you.
Love the golf analogy... it's kinda like we address the ball... we play the note... for both of which actions, we hope for a good follow through... AND keep the end result out of the rough.
Lol - you see when I read 'follow through' I don't automatically think golf, despite being Scottish..........................