I've been working to try and settle in with my 3C for the past three months or so. I've now completely restored my range, but I know it will take at least another three months for it to be completely settled. On average I can play an E above the staff, but I have a few problems:
- Firstly, I have limited control when I get to C#s and higher. What can I do to get more control in that notoriously hard-to-control higher register on the trumpet?
- Secondly, when I get to Ds I can feel myself using pressure, but I've been told by fellow trumpeters that some pressure is required to play up that high. Is this true? How can I reduce the amount of pressure I use?
Additionally, I have learnt-ish how to do a fast lip trill or shake (like you hear James Morrison and Maynard Ferguson do). The problem is that I generally have less control in the evenness of the shake the higher I go, and I have almost no control when I reach G above the staff (the note I really want to be able to lip trill on). So how do I obtain more control? Practice the shake technique more? I've heard this is bad for you if you practice it more than two minutes in a session.
I have a general feeling that lip slurs are the answer to my questions, but I wanted to know how the pros go about these kinds of things.