Dear Mr. Marsalis,
I am 17 years old and have been playing the trumpet for 6 years now. I was wondering how long does it take to develope your full range. I have been wanting to be able to hit and play a double G for a long time but it seems no matter what I do I just cant make it. I currently can play a double F above the staff but I just cant get that extra whole step. The mouthpiece I use is a warburton 4 M with 7 backbore. I have an overbite in my teeth and have wondered if that was the problem and if i should get braces. I have tried many different exersize books like the charles Collins lip flexability book but nothing seems to work. If you could please share your opinion on my problem, I would greatly appreciate it.
What is your opinion on my problem?
May 6, 2004
No, this is not Wynton. My name is Steve Robinson, a freelance trumpeter in St. Louis, MO. But I couldn’t help but respond so…
Hats off for having an F at your age. At 17 I was struggling with high Cs, occasional Ds. I’ve got F’s and G’s, BUT, I’ve been playing for 36 years! -Personally, I prepare for the “Gig” at hand:
This weekend a Wedding (Baroque and Classical) so I’ve been focusing on
etudes, “Trumpet Voluntary”, etc. -Also listening to recordings of Wynton doing the Hummel, etc. Mouthpiece: Bach 3B.
For Big Band (I’m playing lead) or Pop/Rock I re-focus! I’ll listen to Maynard, play Bud Brisbois Duets, play scales and chords (all keys) into the upper register, etc. Mouthpiece: Bach 3E. I also play with more force and volume!
Never stray from good fundamentals: tone quality, good pitch, a centered; focused sound. -And there’s no better role model than Wynton!
Steve Robinson / Trumpet
Local 2-197 A.F.M St. Louis, MO