Hey all, I posted a thread a few weeks back about being a "comeback" player and making the changes with my embouchure. Now that I have my horn and I am able to mess around, I have some questions about how I should go forward.
BRIEF background: I played from 3rd grade up till college playing almost entirely out of the side of my mouth (almost touching the end of my mouth). I started college as a music major, where the teacher changed me to dead center embouchure. After a year of solid practicing, I still could not reach anything really above a G just above the staff. I quit being a music major, and didn't play all that much for some years.
So, I have been practicing diligently on my mouthpiece for the last 4 months, and now with my horn for the last few weeks, at my center mouthpiece embouchure. It has been about 2-3 years since I played a lot on it. However, after I would say 4 months of almost everyday practicing, I STILL cannot get above a G just above the staff. I have a difficulty even getting that at all. From middle c and down, I sound great, fat sound, solid tone, exactly how I want to sound.
For fun, today I tried my extremely sideways embouchure from 6 years ago, and I was able to reach a High C. I felt pain in my upper lip (I'm sure because of the fact that my upper teeth stick out a bit on that side), and I have no endurance there (I mean I haven't played on it in 6 years), but I am now wondering how to go forward.
I am meeting with my old trumpet teacher tomorrow, and his method was always....if you are doing this for fun, keep it on the side and have fun playing wherever. If you are doing this professionally, change it. I talked to him on the phone recently, and it seems now that I am no longer a trumpet major and am just looking to play trumpet again, he again says screw it...go back to the side.
I'm just worried that this isn't a good option. I think my top lip will end up giving me problems, and my endurance and control was never great, just good. I feel with a center embouchure, maybe endurance and control would be improved, as well as giving me a "thicker" sound (and I had hoped, a better more developed range).
I am trying to look at this from a rest of my life perspective. I want to pick the option that will give me the best results, and not necessarily the one that is "Easy." I have tried this center embouchure for a total of 1.5 years of solid everyday practice, and have not reached above the G above the staff (and weakly at that). I am beginning to think that that embouchure is just wrong for me, but I am worried that if I go back to almost completely out of the side of my mouth, I will have lip pain, and other limitations that will be a problem.
It's so frustrating, and I am tired of trying something that seems to not be working. From what I read on here, it can take years for people to get back to where they were, but I feel like my overall development with range in the middle has been basically non existant. When I started, I could get up to middle C ok, and so what....over all this time, I have added three or four notes going up?
Sigh, I'm just at a loss. I want to focus my energy, I am ready to put the time in day in and day out. I love doing it. But I am just unsure if I am putting my energy in the right thing, because if I end up just hitting a wall like never playing above that G, what's the point?
I just don't want to go back to the side because it's easy, because it not be the best embouchure for me. Sure from 10 years of playing, the muscles are probably still there, but should I just spend years trying to add that embouchure to the middle? I have been trying, I just don't see results :(