Unwanted Pivot

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by natetpt, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. natetpt

    natetpt New Friend

    Hi there,

    I seem to have developed a pivot that i dont want when playing into the upper register, it happens around E above high C, and although, when it happens, i can really belt out some top notes, my sound completely changes, and it feels like my throat is closing over and squeezing the notes out rather than playing them. Is there anything i can do to stop this, or should i just let it develop naturally?! HELP ME!!!!

  2. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    oh. For pivot issues you can check out the Doc Reinhardt forum at TH. Otherwise:
    Have you checked things out in a mirror, or with a visualizer?
    Are you approaching the high notes by intervals, and if so, which ones?
    Is it worse when you are tired?
    What is your body position? Spine straight, head up and all that?

    For this sort of thing a teacher can be of paramount importance. Good luck!
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    there will always be a "frontier" - something new and unexplored in your playing. If that is above high C now, don't worry. Try to stay relaxed when you play and through lip slurs and long tones, (pedal tones.........), you will stretch your present technique ever higher. If you have decent routine, g above high C could be your pivot in a year.

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