That does it! After todays practise session I had to get some back up on what I think I'm discovering. I know that some of the literature I've read alludes to this but I want to share and find out what all the "experts" say.
I'm a comeback player after along layoff and when I played before I played lead in high school. I know that's nowhere near where many of all you were/are but for me it was pretty good. Anyway, I got myself a Jet-Tone Al Hirt mp back then and blew as hard as I could to get the range. I did ok but could tell it wasn't quite right. Now with the advantage of age, the internet and information access I've discovered the concept of squeezing together to go high rather than pushing hard. I still need pressure but not like before (I remember reading about this on the John Lynch website regarding the wedge mp's). I like to refer to it as "embrochure" range (as I'm still able to maintain a decent embrochure while playing high) as opposed to a "blow" range (where all bets are off and if I'm not careful I can end up looking a little too much like Dizzy). The one caveat is that I can't get as high by squeezing but my blow range also improves as my squeeze range does.
Am I on the right track in my observations here? Will my squeeze range improve significantly if I stay on this track? I'm only 2 months back into my comeback but never having been very patient I don't want to waste any time. I'll continue to go with what I feel and try to eliminate the need to blow provided I can get a reasonable range doing so. My goal is consiostent clean G's with the occasional audible double C.