Made a few posts before, but I'll give you a brief history of myself. Basically I am 13 and a half, and I started the trumpet almost 7 years ago now. In the first few years I focused on increasing my range and by the end of the second year G above the staff was easy for me. But from then I endeavoured to increase my technical skill and improve my tone, which I realised takes a very long time to do (I'm only really starting to hear myself sing through notes at this stage), and my tone is good and my technical is good as well. Along the way of course my register has increased, but by nothing drastic - at the best of times I can hit a high D/Eb. More and more am I seeing music that requires me to hold high notes or to play up in those higher registers for long periods of time (like Haydn's Concerto) so I was wondering what kind of work do I need to do to really be able to hit those higher notes every time with a clear tone, and hold them?
I realise that this kind of work belongs in the warming up part of my practice, so I'll give a brief outline of how I warm up:
That's my warm up routine, then I get into my some technical work and pieces, then sight reading and transposition (for my AMEB Grade 7 Exam in two and a half weeks).
- Long tones - 2 semibreves at 60 beats a minute starting from low F# to two octaves above that, with 4 beats rest between each note. Then I come back down.
- Ascending major triads - starting from C2, going as high as possible.
- Descending major arpeggios - starting from C2 going down to the low F major arpeggio.
- Lip slurs - I have only incorporated these into my practice routine recently. I use Arban's No. 22 lip slur exercise on page 44. Any other ideas?
Any and all advice is much appreciated,