Falling Mute

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  1. crowmanic

    crowmanic Mezzo Piano User

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    I'm sure this has been covered before but I couldn't find it. I'm having occasions where the mute I'm using falls out of the bell, usually cup or harmon. The corks are old but intact. I'd like to just put the mute in without exhaling into the bell, wetting the corks, or pressing and turning so hard. Where am I going wrong?
     
  2. Dalecon

    Dalecon New Friend

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    I usually exhale into the bell, never had a problem. I can't even remember who taught me to do it, but its almost natural. Was wondering same thing recently when I noticed when putting in my mouthpiece with a small twist, don't remember who taught me this, just always do it.
     
  3. Clarkvinmazz

    Clarkvinmazz Forte User

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    Yeah, I always exhale into the bell. It's the best way to do it.
     
  4. trickg

    trickg Utimate User

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    +1 - this is what the pros do - I don't see why you should be any different.
     
  5. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

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    +4 and I'm just a semi-pro! :D your corks could be dirty/greasy. You could change the with contact cement and it would be easy.
     
  6. Dennis78

    Dennis78 Fortissimo User

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    I wet my finger and wipe it on the corks......kinda like fixing a runner
     
  7. crowmanic

    crowmanic Mezzo Piano User

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    What's with +1. What's your definition of "pro"?
     
  8. crowmanic

    crowmanic Mezzo Piano User

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    I'm clueless to the + numbers +1, +4. What does that mean? I like your suggestion the best. I think my corks have gotten too slick. I'll have to work on that.
     
  9. crowmanic

    crowmanic Mezzo Piano User

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    I'll continue doing the exhale into the bell, and I'll make sure my corks still have grabbing power.
     
  10. trickg

    trickg Utimate User

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    +1 meaning that I exhale into the bell and then stick the mute in, just like virtually every gigging player I know.

    By "pro" I'm talking about people who play at an upper level, or who play for their jobs - military bandsman (of which I was one) come to mind. That's what we all did. Heck, that's where I learned how to do it as a means to get the mute to stick better!
     

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