All I can do is relate my own experience. I do not claim it is an absolute truth for anyone to follow. Always, in the back of my head is the phrase used by Claude Gordon: “If it is easy, it must correct. It is difficult to play the trumpet incorrectly.”
Because the oral-facial-dental-musculoskeletal structure of each person is so different, there is no recipe as Rowuk suggests. But there are general guidelines to follow. Some phrases that come to mind are: "tongue level", "compressed air", and "fast air". Perhaps how you use your tongue to focus your air and achieve the higher register moves your jaw forward OR makes it recess. It probably does not matter in the big scheme of things.
When you follow those guidelines AND the result is “easy” then you must on the right track for your own unique situation, especially if your sound and/or tone are good. Once I attained high C, it was so easy that I insisted that my teacher and I play Clarke’s I together just so I could know I was not doing anything artificial with my embouchure. When our sounds matched and it was easy, I finally started to accept that I was doing something right.
It was a difficult process of acceptance because I spent the previous 18 months blowing my brains out. I was not convinced. I am also very lucky to practice with a superb music student; we have a "similar" sounded at high C. Only then did I accept that, if I sounded the same as my teacher and another wonderful trumpet player, these gains in progress must be real.
And, only the hard-core dedicated student knows the huge number of lonely hours and sacrifice it takes to get to “that place”.
There is so much good in the worst of us,
And so much bad in the best of us,
That it hardly behooves any of us
To talk about the rest of us.
Edward Wallis Hoch, Marion (Kansas) Record
(1849 - 1925)
1991 King Silver Flair
1953 Olds Super (LA)
1979 King KG1055T (pre UMI) Silver Flair
1940? Olds Ambassador (LA) tenor trombone
I'm not responsible for offending people -- people are responsible for themselves taking offense at me
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