Iím renewing my efforts to play trumpet after a 15 year or so hiatus. I'm encouraged by having a forum like this to get input and suggestions on how to proceed. I'm impressed by the knowledge and willingness to share by the members here at Trumpetmaster.com.
I currently play a Getzen (probably an intermediate model) and a Yamaha 14 mouthpiece.
I have a current issue that has long been with me on which Iíd like to get some feedback. I played one summer (1992) with Southwind (Drum and Bugle Corp, Montgomery AL). The Corp provided a soprano trumpet and a Bach 3C Megatone mouthpiece. After that summer, I returned to my Getzen trumpet and Yamaha 14 mouthpiece. I sounded great (at least thatís what I was told), but I could not produce very much volume. The problem persisted into the first performance (half-time show/football game). I had a solo and the feedback that I got from friends (in the audience) was that they couldn't hear me. One day during the next week I went outside to the porch and just blew through the horn like my lips were going to come out the other end; upset my neighbor greatly. I donít know how to explain it but it was like I broke through some kind of impediment. I donít think I injured anything, but the ability to produce volume was immediately restored. The next weekís performance was a night and day difference. At the conclusion of the solo, I went to salute the crowd and their reaction was one Iíll never forget. They were going CRAZY NUTS. It was cool! The problem though is that my endurance greatly suffered. Our half-time show ended with me at High E for eight counts, and I was never ever confident that I would hit it or maintain it; I just felt gassed. Just so you know, I never did miss or crack it.
I have the horn still and with it being around Iíd play a little here and there. I played a couple of semesters with a small college orchestra and also a little with a community band. The sound quality is still good and doesn't take but a few days of practice to restore range up to G, top of staff. Funny thing is I canít go much higher even with prolonged periods of practice i.e. the short stints with the college orchestra, never above the A. I've recently purchased a P.E.T.E from Warburton and I think it might be helping. I donít really know if Iím using it correctly. Any thoughts?