OK, here's the story.
I've been evaluating my playing technique since pretty much the beginning of the year. I've been trying all sorts of whacky things but then I realised it was something in the very core fundamentals of my playing that has been limiting me. Instead of relaxing the centre of my lips and firming the corners, I've been doing the opposite. The corners of my lips haven't been that firm at all, and the centre of my lips aren't firm. This basically means I haven't been developing much at all in terms of the muscles required for range development for a very, very long time...
Which is bloody annoying. I have practiced today doing the 'correct' technique, and my tone has improved (up to a point). However, my range has gone down to an all-time low. I haven't had a range this bad since the start of high school, maybe even since the end of primary school. I have improved my low range though - I reached a double pedal E today! Yay!
One thing I also noticed is that when I did it this way, I have no swelling at all (or perhaps I did, just very little) in my lips. But even with this, I struggle to play anything above the staff. Simple notes I was comfortable with just one week ago have become a challenge or impossible to me now. Top staff G or G# is about my limit now.
This is absolutely devastating to me. I've had to reform, go back to the very basics of development. I can't play the concertos and music I am used to playing without reverting back to the 'old' technique. Goodbye Haydn, Hummel and Pakhmutova.
I just feel so depressed with myself right now. I need your help forum. How do I go about correcting my technique? What kind of things should I and should I not play for the time being? How long will this take?
Many thanks forum,