You might know the feeling, playing all those scale patterns one half tone up at the time… Seven keys to go ands the lips already feel as flexible as a train rail track!
There are lots of exercises where you gradually expand the range, and end up playing in either the extreme high or low register. I will give you a little but effective tip how to get the most out of those exercises, without busting your chops.
Expand from the middle
The solution is simple, make sure that you start in the middle range, and work your way both up and down from there. Mixing high and low range both save chops, and helps you to play with the same embouchure in all registers. This mouthpiece exercise works this way.
A walk in the circle of fourth
When you are working on scales, patterns, tunes or anything that you want to play in all keys, I strongly recommend that you use the circle of fourths. By adding flats (going in the direction on the picture), you get the most musical approach.
So what´s up with this for the chops? Except for the musical benefits, you get more variety in range when you constantly move the starting point by a fourth (up) or a fifth (down). I use this in many exercises, like this one about the altered scale in all keys.
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