Hi everyone. Glad my very harsh ban is over. I don't know what I did to deserve that treatment. But I'm willing to let it go.
Tongue level for high notes.
I noticed some days I could get notes above high C comfortably. Other days couldn't get them at all. Yet I was in regular practice. Lately I've narrowed down the possibilities.
Last night I made an important discovery- tongue level.
1. I was doing the toh, tah, tee fine. It was just that my tee weren't high enough. When I exercised my tongue without the instrument or mouthpiece, simply singing an 'eeh' as high as I could in falsetto voice, then trying high notes on the trumpet... I noticed an improvement.
2. Many years ago I had a lesson from a trumpet pro who said he anchored his tongue on his bottom teeth to push his tongue up more at the front to get the high notes.
My discovery last night is that option 1 is preferred as then the 'eeh' notes can run into F or G above the stave with an 'eeh' and are more controlled notes.
Option 2 I've found more useful when doing some wild jumps from low to high. But when trying to nail particular notes this option seems risky to me.
I wonder if you have similar experiences or would like to share your thoughts?
I'm not sure whether to switch to option 2 when reaching G or A just below the high C. It would feel like cheating!