I was wondering if you could give me some advice.
I am a junior in high school, playing first chair in the top wind orchestra as well as lead for the jazz band. Both happen very early in the day for me (7AM), each group rehearsal lasting for an hour with an hour school period between the two.
I have pretty solid chops. Nothing too impressive in the upper register but I am confident in my reading and musical abilities (I still have much to learn, of course). I feel comfortable playing a D above a high C in public playing. My wind ensemble repitoire frequents this area.
I try to practice regularly each day (I do have a private teacher, but am unavailable to see him for the next couple weeks).
Here's the problem. Playing wise I start my school week pretty strong, but by thursday my chops start dying on me. I end up needing to work harder for those higher notes and it feels so much more tight.
What should I do in order to prevent this?
Also, what are some good tips for warming down? I play a few notes under low C, but I don't feel that it's sufficient..
Thanks for the help