The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold your foot long enough to enable you to put the other somewhat higher. ~Thomas Henry Huxley
This Chapter Covers:
- What is high range,
- how to increase your range,
- specific techniques for range,
- basic range exercises,
- range method books.
Terms to Know:
- high C: A term used by trumpet players. The C two leger lines above the treble clef staff.
- double high C: The C that is 5 leger lines above the treble clef staff.
- set: The specific position and flexion of an embouchure to produce a certain note. Playing high uses a different set than playing low.
Extra Resources for This Chapter (click for larger images):
- Figure 1: Note examples (p. 135)
- Figure 2: Lip buzz exercise (p. 138)
- Figure 3: Lip Failure Exercise (p. 142)
- Figure 4: Pianissimo exercises
- Figure 5: 2 octave scale exercise
Videos of some of the players mentioned in the chapter:
- Here’s classical trumpet legend Maurice Andre playing the Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 (he’s using a piccolo trumpet, but this is still very high (especially at 0:52).
- Rock and Roller Bill Chase
- Doc Severinsen
- Adam Rapa in action.
- The opening of Tchaikovsky Symphony IV: Chicago Symphony, Ad0lph Herseth principal trumpet (part 2 is here).
- Here’s the phenomenal multi-instrumentalist James Morrison.
- Christian praise musician Phil Driscoll
- Maynard Ferguson in action, and also Eric Miyashiro, a player I just discovered. Wow!
- METHOD BOOKS
- …A New Approach to Altissimo Trumpet Playing, by John Lynch
- …It appears many of these books are out of print or difficult to find. Search online and you’ll probably find copies….
The Usual Resources:
- The Practice of Practice: a blog on music practice.
- April 2010 giveaway #1: a free digital copy of Sound the Trumpet: How to Blow Your Own Horn
- Free mp3 examples from the book
- Other free printable practice aids
- Free trumpet video lessons
- Trumpet method books
- Buy a hard copy of Sound the Trumpet
- April 2010 giveaway #2: Free digital copy of Basic Music Theory: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music
- Buy a hard copy of Basic Music Theory