I’ve been having difficulties playing anything above high D/Eb on all of my equipment. I don’t have any tension from G-D and I’m not adding any adverse pressure, but for some reason I’m bottoming out in my mouthpieces (Hammond 4S, 4Mb, and 4ML) and closing off my aperture. I don’t seem to have any problems with flexibility up there, and my range is the same when I practice on just my leadpipe or just my mouthpieces so I know it’s not an efficiency thing. My lips might possibly be rolling outward which is closing off the airstream, but it’s not happening until I try to play E or higher. I don’t have any air leaks in my embouchure, and from video/audio recordings I have a consistent timbre and embouchure setup all the way up to D/Eb. I can’t figure out why E and up is like hitting the emergency breaks.
Anybody got tips or theories for what else might be going on, or what I can do to remedy “bottoming out” in my mouthpieces?
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