I may be taking this further than I should but I have been doing harmonic slurs going from low to as high as I can using as little air as possible and trying to refine shape. Also trying to use no push. When I first started doing this I could only do e at top of staff before I started kicking and using more air. I have worked this for about 3 weeks and can now sound notes to hi e but at whisper volume. If I kick and use more air it becomes a hi g about 60% of the time. Is playing as softly as possible and trying to avoid the kick or push and rely only on shape something I want to keep doing. It has made me very aware of shape and that is bleeding into my other practice and play. But as I have a tendency to beat dead horses to mush I wanted to ask. I have seen a lot of awareness out of it, and I am starting to get a feel for the set of each note (more a few note range right now, individual awareness is not there yet. I am also noting an increase in strength of the corners and the bottom lip is starting to go forward on slurs upward (never noticed that before). I’m on Andante step 5 and purposely trying to move slowly to absorb as much as possible, I’m sure you address something about this in future, I just would like to know if I’m doing something ill regret later?
That all sounds perfect Rod. Develop it softly then as you increase volume and duration, be sure the feeling of the BCH (Body’s Concert Hall) is maintained.
I encourage everyone to push their limits but to stay utterly mindful to recognise any choking and overexertion.
The deep psychological messages you are sending yourself are gold!
I saw a horrendous wikihow page taking about how to play high notes on the trumpet. Holy s#*t I got cranky, it is SO destructive having arrows pointing at an animated set of 6 Pack Abs encouraging harder and harder in reference to range.
You are weening yourself away from this approach and developing a healthy understanding of WHAT you should be doing and HOW it shoukd feel.