This is really insightful, Rowuk. I practice more, but everything else is entirely spot-on. Is there a specific thread were you really go deep into the Circle of Breath?A more honest/complete first post could have looked like this:
I am trying to increase my range and my instructor has recomended an Arc method. Arching my tongue is supposed to help but I don't get it. I have range to about a D, on some days I have an Eb, but it stops there. I practice about 30 minutes per day and have a mix of slurs, long tones and technical studies. I work on the arch thing about 5 minutes per day and get really frustrated. I know another player where this works really well. My teacher says that I am doing all the right things and that it just takes time.
Have any of you been through this. Is there anything else that I can do to speed this up?
With this we would know What, When, Why. This is a far superior place to start recommending things.
My response would have had the same content and I am sure some of the other posts would have had different content.
The issue is, we come on the internet, dump a bit of info and then wait for someone else to figure out what "doesn't work" means. If the answerers have not had any experience with this specific issue, a generic response that offers no path to sucess is usually what comes.
The last thing that posters want to read is: get a teacher, high range is not important, or your basics suck. Well, statistically anyone posting a range question on the internet does have more or less serious body use and breathing issues, so it is only a case if the word SUCK is politically correct or not.
Problem solving requires development of analysis skills, an open view of the issue and a willingness to jump over our own shadow. I personally find the PC police to be more in the way than promoting the solution loop.