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#beginquote# This month's issue of Music Educator's Journal had a great article (for band directors) to show them how to help trumpet students get up to the higher register above high G. If your director has a copy ask to borrow it or go to your school library and see if they can get a copy. I also found a book and CD a few months ago on the topic of high register playing for trumpet. Never tried it out myself, but the link to it is
. The basic trick to playing in the high register is to not use your lips as much as you need to use
air. Most players when they think of high notes think (incorrectly) that they have to pinch their lips tighter. Think about it, if you pinch that tight you will stop the lip from vibrating at all! You need to use air to your advantage. The speed and velocity of the air stream is what makes your lips vibrate faster or slower. No amount of pinching will get your range up higher unless you have the air stream to back it up. If you have ever listened to or seen Maynard Ferguson play you have to realize that there is no way anyone (even Maynard) could play that high for that long night after night without serious damage unless he was using an incredible amount of air. By the way, if you ever get the chance, go see him perform. My school hosted him and his band a few years ago and it was an awesome experience. My jazz musicians got to ask some questions and everything. Plus we made a ton of money on the evening public concert. --------------------------- Chad Criswell Director of Bands Western Dubuque High School www.musiceducationmagic.com #endquote#
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