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teds87
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:55 pm    Post subject: Low Register Issues Reply with quote

Making a comeback after 13 years. I’ve been practicing consistently for 10 days, and I am having a really hard time with my low register. It’s better depending on the mouthpiece. With a 3C I can’t even make a sound on Ab or lower. On bigger mouthpieces I can produce actual tones, but they’re still not great (1.5C and Schilke 18C3D). With my current level of chops-fitness, the big mouthpieces really limit my endurance and really limit my upper range to the point I have trouble completing some pretty basic Arban’s exercises. Am I just being too impatient? I have no problem being patient building my high range back up, but I feel like these low notes should be cake. Possible embouchure issue? I’ve always placed the mouthpiece mostly on the upper lip and I had a couple private instructors who thought about making me change that at a couple points. Someone recommended slow and soft Clarke studies, but I was wondering if anyone had other thoughts.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back -

Like you (except 50 yr layoff), thought I would buzz through the Arban Book on my own and in a few months regain the skill it originally took me 9 years to develop. I was making similar posts trying to get advice from people who can't even hear or see what I am doing. Like you, I figured it might be a mouth piece issue. The best advice I received on the forum is to find a good teacher to at least get you re-started as you don't waste the time you have. Have somebody look at your set-up and also help you manage your expectations. If the embouchure needs changing, much easier to do it now that 3-6 months from now. Everybody's different so what works for one person, won't necessarily work for somebody else.

If you spend anytime (don't spend too much time or you'll go crazy) on this forum, you'll find out there is generally no agreement on method and/or embouchure set-up.

At the beginning, I couldn't produce a note with a breath attack, I had difficulty playing below the low C and couldn't produce a G below low C. In time with the guidance of a teacher and "connecting my own dots", I'm able to do a lot of good stuff.

Regarding finding a good teacher - maybe check with the local college and/or high school programs? You'll get some SKYPE lesson offers, but in my opinion, at least in the beginning, its important to be sitting directly across from someone if at all possible.

In the meantime, I would focus on the long tones with breath attacks and try to produce some quality tone.


Anyway, have fun re-learning but definitely get some guidance.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That’s really good advice. Somehow the thought of finding an instructor never even crossed my mind. I actually now live in the area of the guy I had in college. Maybe I will look him up. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would generally stay away from the bigger pieces to solve the current limitation. I'd stick with the 3C and find exercises that promote ease in the lower register. I'd probably go with the first part of the Schlossberg book. If you're not familiar then you might benefit from at least a couple lessons from someone who can show you how to approach them.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

27 Groups of Exercises by Earl D. Irons.

Great book. Practiced methodically and according to instructions, it will help you develop embouchure control and efficiency, improve playable range (up and down) and improve air efficiency.

Use a metronome with it.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love doing pedal tones as part of my daily chop routine, because they make my low notes feel "not as low." (Since I routinely play far below them.)

Pedals have other benefits as well, when done in moderation, but the above is one of them - for me.

You're only 10 days in. A proper embouchure is going to take a lot longer than that to develop. Be patient and play lots of long tones and lip slurs and you'll be fine!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Low Register Issues Reply with quote

teds87 wrote:
I’ve been practicing consistently for 10 days.


HOLY COW...10 DAYS??!! C'mon man, you should be playing an octave above Maynard by now!!!

Seriously... It's good to keep an eye on things but you should probably give yourself a LITTLE time to get the 'ol train a chugging'!!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Low Register Issues Reply with quote

mrhappy wrote:
teds87 wrote:
I’ve been practicing consistently for 10 days.


HOLY COW...10 DAYS??!! C'mon man, you should be playing an octave above Maynard by now!!!

Seriously... It's good to keep an eye on things but you should probably give yourself a LITTLE time to get the 'ol train a chugging'!!


I know, I know....

I’ve actually been surprised about how quickly everything is coming back overall. Going into this, I knew upper register and endurance would take a long time to build back up, I just wasn’t expecting to struggle below the staff.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:55 am    Post subject: Re: Low Register Issues Reply with quote

teds87 wrote:
Making a comeback after 13 years. I’ve been practicing consistently for 10 days, and I am having a really hard time with my low register.


I'm fifteen years into my comeback. The best thing I did was to find a teacher to assist me with relearning methods/techniques that I had forgotten. One of his best pieces of wisdom was a reference to Tom Hooten (principal trumpet LA Philharmonic) who has these mantras for his practice routines: Many small improvements, perfect form and concentration and art of routine.
Good luck
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since I came back I am actually playing better than ever. This is partly because I now have the time to practice and I look at quite a lot of the top pro's vids that I found via links on the forum.

I would agree with getting a good teacher - helps you keep your focus. Mouthpiece size isn't really an issue so long as it is not extreme. Kurt Thompson demonstrates in a video what I was told many years ago 'Be prepared to play anything on anything' Kurt shows it is possible to get double top C on any mouthpiece including French horn mouthpiece. Also try warming up on trumpet with the main slide pulled right out - jus tMP + leadpipe buzzing.

Years ago I played down to one side and thought it was due to my teeth - wrong - I went to see a top UK pro who just got me to say 'mmmmm' and told me to practice using that formation (fairly central between top and bottom lip) but the best advice was then ONLY to practice this way - when out playing don't try to do it - it will take over subconsciously - and it did. My embouchure is central and no air leaks.

Next aim is high register and I am practising Kurt's roll-in, roll-out technique. I can now get double top C which gives me much more confidence in orchestral playing with those long quiet top D's e.g. in Mahler.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

teds87,

I will echo what some of the others have already said, find yourself a good teacher and let the teacher help you and give you a program to get back on the right track. I am blessed to have a great trumpet player, who is also a fantastic teacher here locally and he has helped me on the comeback road. He is also a GR fitter and he helped me to find the right mouthpiece for me and the horn I play.

I am a converted baritone player, and after a 40+ years layoff and only knowing how to read bass clef, I decided I wanted to learn the trumpet and how to read Treble Clef.

At first, it was slow going but after a couple of years, (had a couple of surgeries that slowed me down) but it is finally coming around.

Some of the things I am able to play now I never dreamed I would be playing, my tone is vastly improved and the endurance is growing.

In summary......Find a good teacher

All the best!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:40 am    Post subject: Low register issues Reply with quote

I also started back after 25 years about 4 months ago. I would echo getting a teacher right away - make sure that you are not starting back up with any bad habits you may have had.

My issue is the opposite. I can barely get out a good sounding E/F on the staff - I know it just takes time but still very frustrating.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am also a comeback player and agree getting a good teacher is what will help the most. I waited much too long and struggled for a long time with what "I thought" worked in the past. Spent way too much time wondering why it seemed so much easier before (20+ years ago). Sometimes, you remember things much differently than they actually were. That coupled with playing many more hours back then.

My teacher has me completely changing my embouchure focusing on placement and "ease of playing". Since starting with pedal tones to loosen up and long tones, it is becoming much easier.

My only real issue is I still have trouble with double low pedals where they are almost all about one semi-tone sharp. May just need to relax even more to settle into the tones.

Best of luck in your comeback and take your time.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 (more) for finding a good teacher and being patient.

I'm 7 or 8 months into a new horn, 5 months into a new mouthpiece. Adding Caruso MCFB maybe two months ago is like the glue that pulls everything together. There are excellent notes to consider in the Caruso forum. My chops always feel fresh, I find myself craving the mouthpiece first thing in the morning. There's been a dynamic change in my tone and my range is expanding.
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