Advice on switching mouthpieces

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Passion, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. Passion

    Passion Pianissimo User

    Jun 11, 2009
    I decided I'm not doing Jazz band in college. I guess it's not my thing, as much as I enjoy doing other genre's. But I read about this trumpet player who said a trumpeter should play Classical AND Jazz.

    But I dont wanna, so ill stick with classical.

    So I guess ill look more into this mouthpiece thing. If I do switch, it'll be summer.
  2. chopshop3625

    chopshop3625 New Friend

    Feb 28, 2010
    Some players use more than one piece, sometimes many. Some will tell you never to switch. I can't switch around. And I don't want to. You really should consult a teacher.
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Passion,it makes no sense to do something if your heart isn't in to it. If jazz isn't your thing, then that is just the way it is. Keep in mind though that the more rounded your playing is, the more opportunities you will have to play later.
    I don 't think that there is anything that we could call a "jazz" mouthpiece. Mouthpieces do influence the sound though and we have to fit in whatever ensemble that we are playing with.

    You had mentioned 1st trumpet in the jazz band, and for that a bright tone is often VERY useful. Playing in a wind band or orchestra requires a different approach.

    I will disagree with the idea of trying as many mouthpieces as you can. I consider this to be a waste of time. Why? Buying a mouthpiece is not like buying shoes. It takes MONTHS to really judge a mouthpiece and the intelligent way to pick your next mouthpiece is to determine what needs to be different, then figure out what could get you there. When you try out a lot of mouthpieces, you learn NOTHING. What perhaps appears easier is a disaster a few weeks later.

    I am not sure that a switch from a 3c to a 1 1/2c makes much difference or sense. The sound will not change much and the rim shape is similar, so it won't even feel much different. If your mouthpiece is already on the way, no worries. The chance of you having grief with that switch is very small. It is a minor evolutionary change.

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