From: How to Play High Notes On the Trumpet! - YouTube
I love these concise, simple explanations. Someone had posted Barry's video the other day (in "Trumpet Discussion") as it relates to arpeggios in range production. After watching it appears to me to be probably the best, practical, common sense explanation about building good lead trumpet register I've ever seen put into a video.
The interesting thing is there are no real "secrets" or profound ideas expressed by Barry. As well there probably shouldn't be. While I do believe that there actually are a few hidden secrets to the game, most of it involves patience and perseverance.
So OK there are a couple "secrets" to playing high notes and Barry doesn't mention these. But then no one else does either so he can't be blamed for that. Almost anyone can learn something from this important video of Barry's. Again its all common sense applications typical of any sport. Some quotes:
"High notes for a lead player are a different scenario than a jazz player"
(as a jazz player) "I can decide to play in the upper register and I can decide not to"
"I can also decide how I want to get up there and how I want to get down"
"But if you're playing lead you basically have to do what the music says and most the time you're going to have to play high when its the least convenient time to do so"
Someone ought to carve those last thoughts on to your trumpet case... Let's repeat them:
"You're going to have to play high when its the least convenient time to do so"
At about 2:19 Barry begins the comparison of lead trumpet playing to strength training such as a weight lifter does. Its all common sense.
Where Barry is remiss (and I don't blame him for this because everyone else is remiss here too) is that there is no mention of certain physical limitations induced by incorrect applications of embouchure usage and positioning. He is from the Carmine Caruso crowd who while often often promoting an effective playing regimen never understood the physics involved.
I have a good friend and monster lead player who explained the Caruso system's limitations well to me:
"With Caruso you could be like an athlete who runs on his heels. Not his toes. All the Caruso system will do for this guy is make him a better runner on his heels. Never fixing the obvious limitation"
And so it is with all efforts to develop high notes that do not take into consideration the often flawed physics of a given trumpet player. And since these physical problems occur to some degree in the great majority of trumpet players I can't predict how well even Barry's fine video will help them.
But it is good video and worth a serious watch. It simply has to help anyone who struggles. At least to some degree. Watch the video!