Ok, so in the past, I have not been very big into warmups. I normally show up to the gig, play a few notes and go to it. All of a sudden, lately, I have found that I am making it through my long gigs much stronger now and as of last night, started squeaking out notes above double E, when the E was my normal limit (on a good night!). Here are the two major things I can see that I have changed: 1. I switched from a Warburton Q backbore to a Warburton 4, which is quite a bit tighter. 2. I've started doing a nice long 5-10 minute warm-up out of an Arturo Sandoval book, that involves going down into the low pedal tones, followed by some brief flexibility exercises. I've been doing this early in the day, hours before a gig.
Last night, I went to go up high a few times and overshot an E and squeaked out something around a double G, it was crazy! The only other thing I can think of is that I'm just getting over a cold sore right in the middle of my bottom lip and there's a small hard spot, but surely that wouldn't be altering the mechanics of my lip buzzing in a favorable way. So, I'm guessing it's either the backbore is working MUCH better for me, the warm up earlier in the day is making a big difference, or it might be a combination of the two. Any ideas on what could be doing this??