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posted: 4/27/2006 at 8:49:44 AM ET
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hitting a high note comes from practicing and doing lip slurs every single time you practice. do not change anything in your lips or mouth to execute it because that is cheating. high notes are overrated for trumpets so do not worry about it too much because if you keep doing it and having fun you will play higher at some point. having a red ring on your lip is a good thing. It means you are playing right and working instead of playing all laid back and trying to look like a model.

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posted: 4/29/2006 at 11:39:10 PM ET
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Red rings are not a good thing. It means you are cutting off circulation to the part of the lip that actually play a brass instrument. You will rarely see a good player who has a red ring. Good technique (firm corners, strong air support, correct hand position) will lead to correct playing. Lip slaurs and long tones are EXCELLENT ways to increase technique, endurance, range, and tone. I mention hand position because many young players use the left hand method of having all 4 fingers above the 3erd valve slide. I feel this contributes to pulling the trumpet into the upper lip. BAD. This puts too much pressure on the upper lip and causes.......... TaDa. A red ring. My players put 2 fingers above the 3rd valve slide and 2 below. Kinda like Mr. Spocks (Star Trek) split finger "Live long and prosper" deal. Try it. It works real well with my trumpets and NONE of them ever develop a red ring.

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