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How many people can actually play above high C?


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Robert Rowe
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can.

HOWEVER; I almost never use it. It's there, if I need it ... but, in my recollection ... I've occasionally used it as a "closer" / "show-off" note, to elicit the "Ooooh's-&-Ahhh's" from the audience.

I don't need to do that, any longer.

Superfluous.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back when I played in college I had a consistent G over high C... anything above that was a struggle. Since graduation and the horn pretty much being closeted until alumni reunions, i'm lucky to squeak out an E above C. Meh, life goes on.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Justin Emerich's middle range is a high c.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who cares who can play high C? Play the doggone music first.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sitting with a serious problem of barely reaching a 3line bflat as a beginner and tried to search for high range comments/advise. I wonder how this pushing the tongue upward is done when seeking higher notes. And somebody says here you can scream the note and "children are FBI". No need for prank video for a good laugh.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bstradivarius wrote:
Who cares who can play high C? Play the doggone music first.


I get your point, but if the doggone music requires that C and above, you probably will care.

Seriously, the weekly gigs I do require at least a C above the staff, and frequently up to F#/G. For a four hour gig....and that’s nothing compared to what some guys need to do.

I understand and agree that there’s much more to being a good musician besides range, but consistent (and not just in the first twenty minutes) range to C and above is a necessity for a fair amount of what many people need do, at least outside of concert band.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In all honesty as a player in high school the approach to "screaming" by my generation is sad. In concert season everyone wants the trumpet part over cornet just so they can play high. Don't get me wrong playing high is fun and all but younger players need to focus on tone. Personally my consistent range is to maybe a Bb or B below high C. Sure we can all give ourselves hernias and squeak a double G but who wants to hear that at a Jazz gig?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I played the piccolo on Penny Lane a few months ago, which from what I remember goes to a high F. I'm currently in my 5th year of playing. It's definitely not easy to do at all, but it most certainly is doable. It's all about the proper technique and having the endurance to be able to play through it.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can play up to high D, so technically I can. Hope this helps
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In high school and college I consistently had D, Eb, E, occasional F. Once, only once, as the big finish of the last chart the last year I was in high school band camp before graduating, I hit the G. Once.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ryanmuckenfuss wrote:
In all honesty as a player in high school the approach to "screaming" by my generation is sad. In concert season everyone wants the trumpet part over cornet just so they can play high. Don't get me wrong playing high is fun and all but younger players need to focus on tone. Personally my consistent range is to maybe a Bb or B below high C. Sure we can all give ourselves hernias and squeak a double G but who wants to hear that at a Jazz gig?


If you REALLY want to hear a lot of bad upper register attempts, go to any music expo/convention/clinic, where there are displays of lots of horns set up by the manufacturers. Fifteen minutes or so of high school kids (and others) straining/fracking upper register notes, and you’ll be looking for the nearest sports bar. 🙄

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