What do you practice after an embouchure change?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by keigoh, Apr 23, 2013.

  1. keigoh

    keigoh Pianissimo User

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    I recently did an embouchure change so that my mouthpiece is more higher in the lips and on the center. I played like this for a week, and now I can play low to middle range notes with better tone (F# below the staff to about C in the staff), but I can't quite play higher notes like I used to. What should I practice after changing my embouchure? I am first chair trumpet in my band class, by the way, so it would be harder to get used to my new embouchure.
     
  2. fredthewhale

    fredthewhale Pianissimo User

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    Long tones. Focus on centering and stabilizing your notes, and opening your throat.

    I know that this isn't a popular suggestion, but you might ask for a lower chair while you rework your embouchure - or even take time off of ensemble until the fall so that you can establish your new embouchure over the summer without the stresses of performance. (Or run-on sentences)
     
  3. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

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    What ever you were practicing before the embouchure change... but at 50-75% the duration, until you reach the point that you maintain endurance and control without strain.
     

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