Just moving into the adagio stage and I have to say I’ve made great progress, depending on how you measure progress. I started Windworks to get a fresh start as a comeback player before I let any bad habits creep in – and it’s working! I was honestly skeptical because I’ve tried everything besides the kitchen sink, but I figured I had nothing to lose so I went and found the kitchen sink. The problem I’m finding is that this reset broke me – of my bad habits. It’s those same bad habits that allowed me to play up to high A (which used to be the top of my range for a LONG time). Now, after making it through largo and trying hard to change the process and focus on what TO do, I can’t even make it to a middle A. No matter how hard I pinch, pull, tighten or move the mouthpiece around, I cannot get a good tone above middle A. Now on the flip side – I’ve got the best sounding low F# to middle A I’ve ever heard. It’s open, loud and very “trumpet sounding”. It amazes me that the sound is coming from “my” instrument. And to me, this is proof that this works, and by “this” I mean the psychology of it. Luckily I don’t play in public or I’d be worried that I can’t play as high as I used to but I know I’ll get there. Slightly sad I probably won’t be able to play Taps for Veterans day in the US but it wouldn’t be the first year I missed it. There are plenty of pieces in my range I can play around with to still have fun, because as Greg says, this is still about having fun. Anyway, I think that is my coffee moment for now, looking forward to many more.
The range will come as you find the shape to notes. Work on those aperture corners. It is important to stay patient and pay attention to the process.
I’m a comeback high school player. On playing Taps: you could play with the first valve down and not worry about the G or you could play 1 and 2 down and the highest note is an E. There are many ways to play Taps and sound fine.
True, but I cannot find that. As I mentioned, that’s the broken part. I tried and tried but my lips can’t find the “old” spot to make it work. I am patient and not wanting to rush it so I’m ok with not being able to find my old habits again, it’s just really odd that I can’t remember how to make it work! Every time I put my lips to the mouthpiece, Windworks is just the way I play now (and that’s a GOOD thing!)
I usually play taps in G on my trumpet -that top note is squeaky still. It’s something I don’t want to do if I cannot do it perfectly.