I've been exploring ways to control and focus my air stream when playing trumpet with my tongue recently.
Many teachers talk about tongue arch and height, and that has a clear and great effect for me reaching higher notes. Somewhere in that process I realized that curling up the sides of my tongue a bit gives me even more range and seems to focus my air stream and allow me to compress the air a bit more.
I've never heard a teacher talk about (positively or negatively) curling the tongue. Maybe because some people actually can't do this for genetic reasons?
I'm going to be exploring this for a while for myself, but thought I'd ask if anyone here has comments or words of encouragement/caution about this.