Problem buzzing the higher notes.

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by JPNSR, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. JPNSR

    JPNSR New Friend

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    Greetings everyone,
    I am a 68 year old amateur who has been playing for about 2 years. I usually have two thirty minute session per day. On most days after a 3 - 4 minute warm up, I play songs that call for notes up to the G above the staff without difficulty. However some sessions inexplicably I am unable to play above the E (top space in staff). The failed attempts involve the loss of the buzz. Is it normal to have "bad emboucher days"?
     
  2. gmonady

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    Absolutely. Until a stable embouchure is developed over time and with experience, bad embouchure days will happen. Once you no longer experience this, your embouchure is well toned and every day becomes a good day; AND If your mind is prepared, a great day.
     
  3. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

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    By the way JPNSR: Welcome to TM.
     
  4. Old Bugle Boy

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    Phew - that's a weight off ...
     
  5. Old Bugle Boy

    Old Bugle Boy Pianissimo User

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    So this is not you then JPNSR?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa3RI5uRdfg

    (Sorry - made me laugh this .._)
     
  6. kehaulani

    kehaulani Fortissimo User

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    You've been playing two years and are just now asking this question? I don't think you've got a problem at all. ;-)
     
  7. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Common chop killers for those without well defined practice habits:
    black tea before a practice session: tea has tannic acid, makes my lips less responsive
    A bag of potato chips the night before: messes up hydration
    Hard practice session or performance the day before: increases face tension, makes things less predictable
    Anti histamines/histamines: mess with hydration the lips feel like rubber

    The solution is a maintenance program that focusses on getting the lips to "ignite" without excess tension or force. Long tones, lipslurs, easy tunes like out of a hymnbook.

    On tough days, taking a hot shower before practicing can work WONDERS!
     
  8. JPNSR

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    One of you gentlemen suggested that I was trying too hard to hit the high notes. Sure enough I have found that by reducing the mouthpiece pressure and attempting to hit the higher notes with the lips instead I am able to avoid those "bad emboucher days". I can now play consistently up to the G above the staff and hope to improve with time and practise and reduced mouthpiece pressure.
    Thanks to everyone for your advice,
    JPSR
     

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