Is there such thing as a “high note” trumpet player?
Sure, there are trumpet players who are artists in the upper range or feature high note playing, but can one really be a trumpet player if all he/she can do is play high? I would argue that all of the great trumpet players with great range were complete trumpet players.
I entered into a discussion/argument on one of the other trumpet forums about high-note trumpet playing. A couple of players stated their distaste for trumpet players like Maynard Ferguson and out of ignorance inferred that all he could do was squeal high notes. As I corrected him on Maynard’s complete range, full sound, amazing musicianship, it got me to thinking about what it takes to be really good at high notes. One thing they all have in common is great sound, even in the lower register. Ever listen to Arturo Sandoval play pedal tones? He has better tone on pedal tones than many of us do with notes on the staff. Ever hear Maynard on Danny Boy scale down from a Double C to a low G below staff? (Don’t remember exactly what it was, but amazing sound throughout)
Calling someone a great “high note” player infers that all he/she can do is play high. I don’t think there are any great players who are strictly high note players. Nor, do I think many, if anyone can play really good high notes and not have a very solid lower range.