For the last 7 weeks or so I've practiced daily for about 1 hour. Practice goes somewhat like this:
1. Earl Iron's exercises for warm -up but some days I spend most of my practice working through them because, among other things, I really want to increase my range.
2. Move on to various Arban excercises focusing on being relaxed and playing w/out excess tensin/pressure
3. Work on church music
I feel like I've made alot of progress and notes--especially towards the top of my range---are much easier to play. Currently my usable range is an A just on top of the staff.
So here is my question and why I made this post:
Is it normal that my range just seems to basically hit a brick wall? E-F-G (top of staff) are played easily and clearly, the A takes a little pressure but then after that I pretty much have no more. Maybe I could squeeze out a Bb or B, but I have avoided playing notes with bad form at all during practice. IE., if I can't play it w/out pressure/tension, I don't. Through learning to relax, not use pressure, etc., the middle space C up to my G have got much easier but I don't think I've added ANYTHING to my top range yet...and this is after about 7 weeks of 1hr daily practice.
Thoughts? Is this normal?