Problems with mid to high register

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  1. deu

    deu New Friend

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    Hello,
    I'd like to ask some more experienced trumpeters for help with my trumpet playing.
    Few months earlier I've been given some suggestions from a profesional trumpet player and one of them was playing caruso exercises. After few weeks practicing these exercises I realized that I should probably move my mouthpiece a bit higher because that way I've got much more consistent low to middle register and thought I would learn to use the high register after few months of practice. But after two concerts played this way I've come to a point when I can no more play higher than g over the staff even if I put the mouthpiece back lower on my lips. (when I try to play higher I get only some kind of crackling sound)
    What would you suggest me to do? Thank you for any replies.
     
  2. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome to TM, deu!

    It could be that what you call a "crackling sound" is what is called a "double buzz." If so, it means the lips are pressed together so much that two apertures are formed. Pulling your chin down a bit might help. Pedal tones can help to train those muscles.
     
  3. deu

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    Thank You. It seems at this point that I have also problems with air leaking through the corners of my lips so I think it confirms that my problem is that "double buzz". Well I think the trumpet playing is getting harder after the years than it was at the beginning when I just put it to mouth and played.
     
  4. godsong

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    This is excellent help from one of the greats. Remember support muscles. It might be a pressure problem as well. Practice 5 hours a day and call me in the morning. If all else fails I will come and coach you. I never could hit much over high C until I practiced and worked on technique. I also love the PETE. (Personal Emb Training Equipment) and don't dare spent too much money on mouthpieces. I can get 4 octaves on any mouthpiece! Its more about airstream and support muscles.
     

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