J. Notso Nieuwguyski
I played at my High School Alumni Band concert this weekend. They featured the usual band director Alumni with solos. So I decided to show of my craft and skills as a lowly physician/musician on the Star Spangled Banner, that was in Bb for the trumpets. The last trumpet call ended on the Bb, and I chose the one that was one step below double C. The note resonated off all the walls of the auditorium. The Band director turned to the audience that was now standing giving thunderous applause (it was an emotional ending to our National Anthum - timing is everything), and the band director said, "that was a jazz trumpeter"!
How important is it to be able to play high? That was the only high note I played all night, that one note got me the recognition I wanted, left the crowd excited and pleased, and got me a gig to sub on Tuesday nights for the lead player for the Univ of Cincinnati jazz faculty band when he cannot make it. [the drummer for that band played with our alumni band asked for my business card and said he was giving them my name]
I'll let you be the judge as to how important this result was. Again, it is nice to have it in your back pocket and to us it wisely.
Why don't you go work on your "dubba C" youtube video?
J. Notso Nieuwguyski
Why don't you go work on your "dubba C" youtube video?[/QUOTE]
I got over that kind of stuff a Loooong time ago Cupcake...sounds like the OP isn't the one with an obsession.
If you want to play professionally, a jazz soloist will have a solid, reliable F above high C. A lead player will have a double C.
Range is extremely important in any form of professional trumpet playing. If you doubt this, listen to a little Salsa!
I have had students with similar situations and the first thing you must do is explain your symptoms to a doctor who is knowledgeable about wind instrument playing.
Excessive pressure on a collapsed lung is important enough to get a professionals opinion.
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