Ok, here’s what I’m feeling in practice today 3.8.20: I feel like I’m releasing the air but also like I’m holding air in my mouth because there seems to be a little backup and plenty of air when I take the trumpet down. I’m sure that I have to fix this. If not, going higher will not be good.
Hi leadtrumpeter, totally letting the body go and returning to it’s position of repose can feel like jumping off the edge of a cliff as there is a feeling of not control. Be sure to close your eyes and slowly do the exercises as explained and demonstrated. I see all the time people think they are doing things correctly but are in reality holding a lot of tension.
You might want to check out the following 2 videos. You may need to open up the aperture a little more than you are. You didn’t mention at what note you were playing. Hope this / the videos below help FWIW. Best of luck!
Thanks, Greg. I will do just that and make sure that I am going everything correctly. By the way, my name is Peter. Although I call myself Lead trumPeter I’m working on getting there. So glad I found you. You’re a blessing.
I have to add this because I think that this approach is so amazing. I’m currently working on some big band arrangement for my favorite hymns and even when I write and think about where I want the arrangement to go and mimic it without my horn I get a headache. Do you know why? Because the first thing I do is tense up my body and pretend I’m playing high. With this approach, I’m just relaxing and releasing the air to mimic the horn arrangements. No headaches. Amazing.