IF you love trumpet -- please don't ever quit. I am 45 now - but was always 2nd or 3rd chair. I always had problems - played to the side of my mouth. could never progress beyond like a g on top of staff, etc. ----and a big thing ---- always choked under pressure, and couldn't play for the band teacher what I could play at home.
I actually quit for 7 yrs (35-42) -- cause playing never improved (dude - after playing for 25 years -- I was stuck at a little above the staff - and it didnt' always sound good).
the last 2 years of comeback -- oh my!! frustration -- after a few months I felt hopeless.
so your learning to not use pressure, high speed air ---- but all said and done --- it takes time to build the lip muscle --- be patient -- I looked into Keith Fiala and Cat Anderson method (long notes for 20 minutes -- I mean 2nd line g for many months - at least 20 minutes a day (2-3 hr practices). Time, effort, education, Practice --- now after almost 20 months --- I am so happy that I came back --- so happy that even at 45 I can pop out notes an octave and a half higher than ever -- and the regular stuff up to High C sound good ---- first time in my life this has happened
DO NOT GIVE UP -IF YOU LOVE THE TRUMPET
that is my advice -- if you care to read this post
oh I also am in the "building" process -- range and endurance -- so I have a hard day --- then lay off at least a day maybe 2 so the lips (face muscles) can recoup
I know that is hard in school --- but keep that in mind, it helps -- but then again --- I am old
There are a number of great player-teachers in your neck of the woods. Mario Guarnari, John Coppola, Eric Bolvin in SF, plus whoever is in the SF Symphony. If you are interested in Claude Gordon style Tony Horowitz is in Monterey. LA isn't all that far. Somebody like Charlie Davis, an Adam student, would be great. When I was stationed at the Presidio, one of the bassoon players used to hitch-hike to LA once a month for lessons.
Somebody said to "get and EXPERIENCED teacher." I concur with that advise.
Good news, Octiceps! Keep it up and always remember that TENSION IS THE ENEMY of the trumpet player.
Fraserhutch - you kind of abused the Nietzsche quote. It goes, "That which does not kill us makes us stronger".
Nothing is more contagious or tenacious than music. Once you are exposed it gets inside you and you can never get rid of it. It is also non-discriminating. It can be Ride of the Valkyries, In a Gadda da Vida, the Jeopardy 15 second thinking tune, your most disliked commercial jingle - it doesn't matter. Once triggered, off you go, like it or not.
I kinda know what your going through. i had always wanted to be a musician like my dad and then 2 years ago i had a brace fitted. for the first 5 months i barley lifted my trumpet then, i decided that i wasnt going to get anywhere without practice so i began again. i try and do 2-3 hours a day now on lower notes and practice lip slurs and tonguing rather than try any high stuff. just stick at the practice and your range and durability will improve dramatically.
Somewhere in the last couple of days I surmised that my aperture might be too big to allow a fast airstream to flow through. Therefore, I've tried actively reducing my aperture size.
I've noticed that if I tighten my corners, close my jaw a little, and try to squeeze in a little bit more of the red of my lips into the mouthpiece cup, I can reduce the size of my aperture and hit some higher notes. I can get a solid D in the staff this way. However, my lower register (anything below g below the staff and pedals) sounds murky and airy in this setup. I have to open up my jaw a little bit to get them to sound out.
I will see a new teacher on Tuesday and ask him about this, but in the meantime, can anyone tell me if this is something I should or shouldn't be doing?
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stay with it!!! im sorta going through the same thing now just not as drastic. ive had 4 band directors and my recent one is trying to change EVERYTHING about the way i play. ive always been 1st chair and honor bands and all state players and now im last chair because he says my amnishure is wrong. i try fixing it and i sound like crap but my range is geting beter with time so i say stay with it aand ignor ir if ur director tries to tell u how much u suck but DONT quit
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