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    Regaining range.

    Im in highschool, and every summer I usually practice regularly. But this summer I took a trip out of the country and just got back a few days ago. Over this trip I didnt have a single chance to practice. I used to be able to reach a C above the staff with good quality and all, but now I am even struggling reaching a G above the staff. I was wondering what excersizes would be best for getting my range/quality back. Ive been doing scales and longtones on the mouthpiece, but It dosent seem to be helping much :/

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    Welcome to TM, 5c077! Arpeggios seem to be the favored means to increase range. A common exercise would be to play: c-e, c-e-g, c-e-g-c across one octave, then transpose the exercise a half tone higher. Good for our brains and our chops.

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    Re: Regaining range.

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    Re: Regaining range.

    What were you doing when you had that high C. Do the same things and come back slowly.

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    Re: Regaining range.

    Awesome, thank you all very much!

    And I guess when I was able to hit the C, it was just from experience? Like I havent ever really done any Range excersizes, it just kind of came to me after practicing almost every day for the past six years. Haha.

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    Hey..may I suggest the Colin advanced lip flexibilities book and also the slurring studies in the arban book from pages 39 to 47..They are great studies tog et the chops to form and they help with flexibilty to attain or regain range.

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    Re: Regaining range.

    To "get back" something that you had, you only need your old routine and some time. To get better, you need a better routine and MORE time.

    If you have a solid daily routine, then you are good to go. If not, it's about time (after 6 years).

    I recommend buzzing, long tones with the mouthpiece, long tones with the trumpet, lip slurs, a couple of scales (different ones EVERY day) as a daily routine.

    Then comes a series of tunes/repertory and at the end of the session technical studies (brain, finger and tongue twisters). NEVER PRACTICE MUSIC WHEN YOUR CHOPS ARE TIRED - PUT THE MUSICAL STUFF EARLY IN YOUR PRACTICE SESSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Long tones can be played without a book. A very good book for slurs is Earl Irons Lip Flexibilities.
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