Trumpets are for extroverts - Lee Morgan
Ohmmmmmm; I think we are onto the truth here. Oh how I agree with the last two posts.
I would also add to the already good and useful info to incorporate pedal tones into your routine. Outside of the mechanics mentioned, I too think a lot of it is in your head. Seems like the buzzword is buzzing this week!
Try this link for some tasty info about lip buzzing.
The Trumpet embouchure - how to buzz
The whole site is good. Hope this helps
Knowledge is freedom, and ignorance is slavery - Miles Davis
The difference between a beginner and pro mouthpiece is practice - tobylou8
Nobody has learned how to play the trumpet. It's endless. - Maynard Ferguson
Don't be afraid to try something different. The Ark was built by an amateur and the Titanic was built by a group of experienced engineers.
By the inch it's a cinch, by the yard, it's hard!
Another thing that I find, besides pushing to hard on high notes, and blowing too hard - make sure your lips are good and moist going into the high note.
Makes a big difference to me.
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As I corrected bad habits my upper range changed for the better.
My max volume (ffff) range is up to around an Eb, and then the notes above that gradually roll off in volume. Most days I can play a DBL C or higher, it just gets quieter as I keep going up. I couldn't do that at all before, it would all just shut down.
As has been said repeatedly, its all about using lots of air, proper posture and avoiding tensing up.
Stop acting like someone shot your dog.
In my own practice, I'm finding that to get an increase in range, I have to develop my control for notes just underneath the top notes. Right now I'm doing a lot of practice in the F to C range and I'm finding it's helping a lot with the notes about C. My focus has been to build as much relaxation as possible into that range by practicing those notes at any volume and articulation. YMMV.
I like rowuk's post. My experience as a rank amateur:
1. Notes get pinched off by lips in upper register
2. Firm corners outside mouthpiece and loose lip inside mouthpiece works best
3. Practicing easy approaches to high notes in relaxed manner builds range
4. Practicing upper register every day for a limited amount of time is helpful
5. Remember Vern (I tell myself) it's not how high the note, it's how pretty it sounds
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