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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Einar, Jan 19, 2010.
Thats not true!
Whoever is able to play melodies up to high C will probably hit high F or G.
But in order to learn to play melodies up to high C is it necessary to practice up to high G? What do you think?
Read Al's post again. Where did he say anyone has to play above high C? He is only pointing out that hitting a note that doesn't mean it's in your usable range, and if you want it to be in your usable range you need more structured practice.
That makes perfect sense to me.
If you want to be a pro, you need to reach higher than high C! Orchestral players and lead players are often abowe that!
That's probably true today. Everyone expects the high brass to be screaming at 8va above the score. But I do agree with Frankmike about playing with beauty, interpretation, and precise articulation.
High range is great to have. I can curl my lips and play above the staff, up to and over double high C with ease, but I lose my range on and below the staff. So I practice with my normal set up and expand my range incrementally, concentrating on those elements that create beautiful music.
Making beautiful music is also important! But if you want to play first trumpet in a orchestra, you should be able to play from low F# to high F#. And even the easy In The Mood ends on a high D. But, I don't think one have to practice on the high register! It will come after good pracice routines, when the chops get stronger..
Well, I doubt I'll ever sit first chair in any orchestra.
But you're right. When I began playing back in the sixties a reliable high C was considered good range. Today it's average, commonplace. I hear the guys in Broadway pit orchestras playing in the stratosphere all the time. Even TV shows like Letterman and Leno have guys screaming up there every night.
I know audiences have come to expect it but I still think there is too much emphasis on playing above high C. The standards for range have certainly changed since the sixties. But I'll keep practicing and hopefully my range will continue to increase.
¿ Even ?
I think the correct answer is still "yes".
I'll second that YES !