Better sound and range with a cold mouthpiece

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Blind Bruce, Jun 6, 2009.

  1. Blind Bruce

    Blind Bruce Pianissimo User

    Apr 17, 2009
    Winnipeg Canada
    Hi again,
    When I practice, I get much better results from a cold (room temp) mouthpiece. I thought at first that my lips were tiring as I play. However, I have several MPs: a 3C, 5C and three different 7Cs. All give me the same result when warm.
    Do you have any idea why this might be happening?:-(
  2. Brass crusader

    Brass crusader Mezzo Piano User

    That can happen, your lips are less relaxed when you are not warmed up, and therefore they do not vibrate as far, making a more controlled, tighter embouchre. This will change, like you said, as soo as your mpc and lips warm up.
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    sound and range are something that have to measured over time. Time means the cold mouthpiece gets warm.............

    Cold helps keep the swelling down, allowing for more control - albeit very briefly.
  4. Sofus

    Sofus Forte User

    Jul 26, 2008
    As a semi-scientific test you could

    1) play a mp until it´s warm and listen to it
    2) switch directly to a cold mp and listen to that for comparison

    I also believe that the swelling might be the explanation . . .

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