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    High C

    Hi, I have a piece to play and i have to play an A (Lá), B (Si) and High C with two "ff" and i cant, i only can play like "pp" or "p" this notes, the rest of the scales i can play the notes very loud with no problem but when comes to this notes i only can play "p".

    Anyone knows any good exercise that i can practice to get more strength and endurance in this notes?

    thanks for your help.

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    Re: High C

    Good for you. You are on the right track. Practice instead of looking for a magic mouthpiece. Being sure you keep the throat open and relaxed and give more support from the diaphragm should help.
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    Re: High C

    High notes come when you practice the right way long enough. There is no "trick" to get them. If you do not have a high C then you should play another piece.

    When our range "stops" at a certain note, like you say other ones loud, but this soft, it is due to breathing not being good enough and too much pressure on the upper lip. That means that you are mashing the mouthpiece into your lips and that "chokes" off the sound.

    The solution is better breathing and less pressure. The problem is, when students reduce pressure, the high notes get even worse until the breathing and embouchure are built up.

    My standard exercizes for range are the same as for plain good playing. Long tones, slurs and lots of music.

    Pick another piece and come back to this one when you are further along.
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