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Sacrifice the high note. The high note is what will separate 1st chair 1st trumpet from other position. There will be other people that will be able to nail the high note and make it sound good. If you attempt it, and the rest of your playing suffers, all you are doing is showing your immaturity to the judges. If possible, play the note an octave lower. ...


At this stage the best thing for you to do is probably rest. Your lips are small muscles which means that you can wear them out fast but it also means that they will recover fast. Make sure that you have a good warm-up on the day. I find that doing slurred chromatic runs between middle C and bottom G with plenty of air and not too much pressure or volume ...

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