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Tip #1 – Another Way To Build Range!
If you listen to Maynard Ferguson, Arturo Sandoval, Wayne Bergeron, or any other trumpet player that has incredible command over this instrument, the first thing you’ll notice is how EASILY they play melodically in the upper register! And many of us, after attempting to play in the upper range and realizing that it’s a challenge, are suddenly under the impression that it’s just something they could easily do always.
Here’s a little tip that will help you to build that command… I really enjoy and endorse the Jamey Aebersold jazz books. They are extremely useful for not just jazz playing and improvisation.
My personal favorite place to start with playing melodies is the Body & Soul (Volume 41). If you look for the 11th track, you’ll find Misty… first of all, the track itself is 4 minutes and 42 seconds long… so just playing the song where it’s written without removing the horn from your face is a challenge in and of itself. Playing the melody up an octave, takes you up to a D above high C. If this is not a completely comfortable range, it’s a good place to start… try to play through the first “A” section. Over time, you’ll learn how to play for longer periods of time, and this will also help you increase your range… but – be warned! You MUST allow yourself to rest adequately.
Tip #2 – Octave Leaps!
Next week, I’ll have a video up of an octave leap exercise that I do to help build up more comfort playing higher register notes. One of the biggest killers of upper range is the pinching that we get very familiar with. Pinching your lips closed to constrict the airstream is a sure way to destroy any given note that you’re going for. And the more relaxed that you can play from one octave to another, the better you’ll be able to control those notes.
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Dr. David Hawkins
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Have a GREAT Week!