Kingtrumpet- I think by high notes written in music, they meant band music not jazz. And speaking of jazz players you forgot the god of high notes: Maynard Ferguson. I play lead trumpet in my jazz band and I usually don't HAVE to go higher than an high E. But I might harmonize higher if I have the chops and feel like it. High notes aren't very useful but if you are able to produce them, they are fun as entertaining. For marching band this year, I was featured in Gonna Fly Now, made famous by Maynard. Once it got cold outside, I never played it perfect but people are just amazed by the range. Just a good crowd pleaser.
Change is always happening. That's one of the wonderful things about jazz music.
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Everyone's telling you the sort of attitude you should have, but nobody has told you how to play high notes in the first place!
Think of it like this:
To play low notes, you need to use slower air. How? Take a slower breath.
To play high notes, you need to use faster air. How? Take a faster breath and compress your abdomen! (Think: Someone is going to hit you in the stomach with a baseball bat) Be careful to not pinch your face up, apply immense amounts of pressure, etc. because 1) OUCH!! Don't damage your embrochure! 2) It makes you look really weird. By using pressure, you can hit the high notes, but they often sound flat and pathetic. Now that you know what to do, how can you apply it? Well, I forgot the name of the exercise but it goes like this:
The second C, G, and A's are the higher range in case it confused you.
So, work your way until you reach your limit. Then, do it again, trying for just one note higher. Repeat, aiming for a note higher each time. If you can't go on, then take a short break (5-10 min.). Repeat the exercise. Do this daily or bi-daily, until your range gradually increases. The reason this works is because your embrochure is a muscle, and I'm using the principle of progression and overload to strengthen the muscle. (Actually muscles because theres more than just the embrochure.) But basically progression is working your way to the goal, and overload is going just past your limits)
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"There are two sides to a trumpeter's personality: there is the one that lives only to lay waste to the woodwinds and strings, leaving them lying blue and lifeless along the swath of destruction that is a trumpeter's fury; then there's the dark side...." --Michael Stewart
That's from the VC studies...
The phrase "you don't know what you don't know" applies here.
I will say just this.
An improperly chosen mouthpiece which is far too small, too deep, too shallow, has the wrong alpha angle, too big, or has a rim that doesn't work for simply cannot ever be "adapted" to. It is just plain wrong and the player will never rise to any competent level. If the mouthpiece is a fairly close match to a player, there is a chance one can overcome a slight mismatch.
There is no way I could ever "adjust" to a Schilke 24, Bach 1, GR 61A (the Al Hirt Model), or a Schilke 5A4. None of them fit my particular embouchure. I would think this would hold true for just about anyone on this website.
Most of the pros I know in the Chicago area do not go to extremes in mouthpiece selection for the job they have in hand. I guess that's why they have the jobs they do.
I am donning my flame retardant suit for the next comment, but here goes.
There certainly are young, inexperienced players giving out some rather poor and often very wrong advice, but there are more experienced "expert amateurs" here who give out even more very bad information as well.
Hope it ain't me!
Knowledge is freedom, and ignorance is slavery - Miles Davis
The difference between a beginner and pro mouthpiece is practice - tobylou8
Nobody has learned how to play the trumpet. It's endless. - Maynard Ferguson
Don't be afraid to try something different. The Ark was built by an amateur and the Titanic was built by a group of experienced engineers.
By the inch it's a cinch, by the yard, it's hard!
Why are there so many stupid posts when we talk about high notes? Why do those that obviously have no idea try to come on as experts.
Stupid comment one: push more air. If the poster had even half of a clue, they would know that it isn't MORE air that gets high notes, the air has to be adequate, synchronizes with the face muscles, tongue and brain - just like Al said.
Stupid Comment 2: use an Asymmetric. Hardware does not solve our problems - ever. If we have issues with our breathing, chops, ears or brains, no amount of hardware can compensate.
Stupid 3: arguing about what is written up high. For those with the INTELLIGENCE to do a good job upstairs, it doesn't matter. I play with a big band and we have over 200 tunes in the book. There are only 4 or 5 where anything is scored upstairs. The Gordon Goodwin titles are scored upstairs. the second and third players need substantial range too.
Stupid 4: use lots of pressure at the abdomen. If this was the solution, every lead trumpet player would have a rupture. Tense your stomach and march around for a while (without playing). There is a good chance that you will need diapers before too long. This is really dumb.
My advice: if you aint doin it, just shut up. The chance of really messing someone up is too great.
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
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