So, here’s a short clip of me demonstrating high notes at a summer masterclass. The funny thing about this video is that I don’t typically demonstrate high notes in public this way. There are only a few contexts when I might do this. Usually it is to show that you don’t need a different mouthpiece to play high.
This video was taken at Taylor High School during one of the summer master classes that I taught last year (2016). One of the students sent me the video on facebook but I never got it until today.
It’s true that my method and my books will help you develop a better range. It’s true that my students, when they follow my method, also develop great ranges. It is also true that most of my gigs are for playing lead trumpet. But I do not consider myself a high note player nor a high note guru. I guess the difference is philosophical. To say that I am a high note player would leave so many important aspects of what I do out of the equation. I am not JUST a high note player. The high notes is actually one of the least important things to me, not only in my trumpet playing, but also in my performance.