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  • Writer's pictureAdrian Woodward

I can play Double C

Updated: Apr 28, 2021

For decades I've tried to find a way to play my wind and brass instruments effortlessly, especially in the high register. From August 2020 my dream came true!

After 3 months of following instruction from the incomparable Paul Mayes (the trumpet prof), I was able to slur all the notes from low G up to Double C, with little 'effort.' (See videos.)

My challenge was:

1. Not letting my ego stifle the process

2. Loosening the middle lip

3. Training the 'push' from a specific place in the tummy.

4. Angling the back of the tongue, whilst keeping the tongue fully relaxed

5. Keeping the lip 'passive.'

6. Waiting and not judging

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