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How can I play higher notes on trumpet?

Asked by Jeremycw1 (1367points) March 12th, 2010

I am in high school band and I would like some tips on how to strengthen my embouchre. I recently had my braces removed, which really changed how high I can play. I would like to expand my register and make high notes sound crisp and clear, but I am kind of struggling with it now. I can hit ‘em sometimes, but when I actually sit down to practice, nothing but air comes out. Any tips?

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Jeremycw1's avatar

i wish it was that easy

Randy's avatar

Purse your lips tighter?

Fred931's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies Dammit. You beat me to it.

Fred931's avatar

@Jeremycw1 It takes practice. I’ve played some trombone for school a few years ago primarily to avoid a very scary chorus teacher, but that’s not important; Just keep trying to hit the high notes and, for some mysterious reason, it will become easier.

squidcake's avatar

I used to play trumpet.
Gotta just keep practicing buzzing your lips, even just with the unattached mouthpiece.
You’re not gonna hit the high notes unless you got lungs full of air and a well-practiced mouth (that sounds kinda dirty, actually…)
Air + vibration. That’s my best advice.

mhall0522's avatar

Used to play, and I took lessons when I was in high school and college. You need private lessons to advance, you can’t do it yourself. Good luc

OneMoreMinute's avatar

point your toes ;-)

Fred931's avatar

Friend says: blow as if you were blowing something off of your shirt; aim your wind straight down.

Jeremycw1's avatar

@squidcake @Fred931 thanks for the advice!

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