Hello all. I'm new here, and I need some help when it comes to learning trumpet.
So recently I've been dabbling in a couple brass instruments, because eventually I'm looking to march DCA drum corps (I'm a clarinet/saxophone player). At first I tried baritone for a couple months, but wasn't thrilled with it. Then I moved to mellophone, which was better for me. And now I'm finally at trumpet.
So I can make noise in it, get a good tone, and pretty much function as a mediocre player. But when I play a concert Bb scale, I have trouble hitting the middle C at the top of the scale. I find myself putting a lot of effort in, and physically struggling pretty hard to just get that middle C out. And when I do it's pretty weak and unsustainable. Forget about going higher than that.
So is this normal for a somewhat new player? Is there a way I can increase my range here, like with long tones or arpeggios? I also don't want to be doing something wrong embouchure-wise, so I was wondering what advice I might find here. Thanks!