Trying to increase my range, but am I hitting the note?

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  1. Joyful Noise

    Joyful Noise New Friend

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    Hey folks,

    My teacher has given me some great exercises and scales that are pushing my range up. The only thing is, I'm not sure if I am hitting actually hitting the notes. Do you folks have any tips? Should I use a tuner? Is there some great app available that I don't know about?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Dennis78

    Dennis78 Fortissimo User

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    What is the option of your teacher? Have you tried recording yourself? Try playing chromatically up to as high as you think you can and listen to hear if it sound right
     
  3. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    You're teacher will be, by far, the best one to ask.
     
  4. Dennis78

    Dennis78 Fortissimo User

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    Listen up! The gods have spoken! But seriously there is a reason for the rank!
     
  5. SteveRicks

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    There are free tuning apps you can use to check your notes. I have an iPhone - sure there are similar apps for other brands/formats.
     
  6. Joyful Noise

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    Thanks for the replies everyone. I think I'll see if there is an app for Android. I'm looking for something to help me out between lessons.

    Cheers!
     
  7. jiarby

    jiarby Fortissimo User

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    Don't "Hit" notes... PLAY them. You are a MUSICian... not a NOTEician.

    Make music.
     
  8. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Random high notes are not especially helpful until you can navigate. I would suggest playing easy melodies up to your high notes, then you have orientation!
     
  9. Dennis78

    Dennis78 Fortissimo User

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    Yessir! I can play some high notes some pretty well but I have no clue what they are. I'm solid to A above the staff, if I want or need to play it I can, any thing above high c is a crapshoot. High C is sketchy
     
  10. Phil986

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    This is most excellent advice, I hope the OP realizes that. Sound production changes when going up, the stream of air requires more control, the muscle work on the embouchure changes, as does the air column work. All these mechanics have to be anchored by a crystal clear concept of the note. It is indeed difficult to "orient" yourself in the high register, that's why it always seems easier to arrive there through an ascending scale or, even better, a nice melody with an easy to understand harmonic underpinning. That also makes it much easier to hear whether or not you are in tune.
     

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