Quote Originally Posted by rviser View Post
Man, this is difficult. I can blow hard and make the piece of paper move from a good 3-4 feet, and can tell that I'm using a lot of air to do so, but it's hard for me to apply that type of air movement to actual playing because I can't make that much air move through the trumpet that fast. When you say to try to make the paper move, should I keep my aperture as narrow as when I'm actually playing? I feel like I need to find a really good teacher and start taking lessons again and have someone who really knows this well to walk me through it.
You need to keep your aperture like it is when you are playing when you do the paper exercise. If there is a college around your city, or your city has an orchestra/symphony, try to get a lesson from a player there. We can only help so much over the internet.