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Here's what the very famous tumpeter Herbert L. Clarke had to say about his "easy" way of playing high.


Do you feel sluggish at the beginning of your warm-up? Try this... warm up your instrument before you start to play. Just pour warm water through your trumpet before starting the warm-up. Put the water down the bell of your instrument....the water needs to be warm but not water will take the lacquer off of a lacquered trumpet so again, use warm water but not hot water. Give this a try for a week and then evaluate this simple technique. Many pros and students alike have found this helpful. Give it a try and see if it works for you.
Sit up or stand and hold the trumpet up. The bell should be pointed towards the audience.  Don’t slouch, the arms should not press against the side of the body but apart, with a little space between the arms and the side of your body. Don't hold the horn too tightly; try to hold the instrument as lightly as necessary to play properly. Take a big breath and blow. Pay attention to what the best playing position is for you. Good posture is a very important part of good trumpet playing.
Practicing difficult fingering passages
Using a metronome practice the selected passage slowly. Do not bang the valves down but snap your fingers down in time- practice the passage five times then rest a moment and then repeat as needed. Do this for a week then practice the selected passage at a faster tempo, in the same manner, for another week. Don’t overdo finger exercises and remember not to bang the valves down. If the forearm starts to have a burning or cramping feeling your overdoing and you should stop. Forcing the hands and forearms can cause serious long-term problems. Be patient and focused in your practice.
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