Hey TMers, you guys may remember my post about my frustrations dealing with an embouchure change and the fact that I almost decided to quit the instrument at one point. Well, things have looked up since then, and I have been seeing a new teacher who's really given me some good pointers. I can now play up to the D above tuning C without too much strain. That's almost an octave above the first line E I had a month and a half ago. You may be thinking: How did this dumb kid gain almost an octave in a month and a half? He must be taking another shortcut or has developed another bad habit that temporarily aids range but is harmful in the long run. Well, let me tell you what I did, and it's quite simple really. One day, I was fiddling around on the horn and suddenly discovered that my tongue was receding into my throat as I went up the staff, completely choking off my air. By bringing my tongue up and out, I immediately gained better tone, endurance, and an increase in range. There was no need for me to use more mouthpiece pressure as my air was actually flowing through my oral cavity freely into the horn. Also, for the first time in a very long time, playing the trumpet felt effortless. I'm not saying this will work for everyone, but it did for me. Take it with a grain of salt. Here's a short video of me playing: YouTube - The Godfather Theme Song on Trumpet I know, there's a cracked note at the end. Feel free to leave any comments on how I can further improve.