How does one get a brighter sound on a deep cup mouthpiece?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by bachstradivarius, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. bachstradivarius

    bachstradivarius New Friend

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    Was wondering how I could possibly do this on my Yamaha 16C4 GP mouthpiece. It's a great mouthpiece and I absolutely love the sound but it would seem all

    that can really be played on it is a very dark sound, yet, it is an "all purpose" mouthpiece. So I'm asking how does one get a brighter sound out of one.
     
  2. Honkie

    Honkie Pianissimo User

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    Put it on a brighter horn?

    </ducks, runs> ;-)
     
  3. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Fortissimo User

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    Have you done any experimenting with different "vowel sounds"? If you normally play with an "oh" shape to your mouth, try an "ah" shape.

    Tom
     
  4. Dale Proctor

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    Play it with a brighter style (I'm serious). Or, tune a hair sharp...:D
     
  5. gzent

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    Making the inside of your mouth smaller (jaws closer, tongue higher) and using a smaller opening for your lips will
    do this. However, unless you are fairly experienced, you can easily mess up your playing trying stuff like this without
    proper instruction.
     
  6. gmonady

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    Also consider looking toward the other end of the mouthpiece and change the gap size.
     
  7. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    bachstradivarius, there are a couple of things that might improve our answers. When did you get serious about your playing? What groups do you play in?
     
  8. bachstradivarius

    bachstradivarius New Friend

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    Actually, at the moment I am currently a comeback player that's been back in the game for about four monthes now. I'm a young man that's wanting to go back to school to finish what I started all those years ago as a former music education student. I am currently playing in an amateur orchestra comprised of mostly adults that play for fun but there are a few that aren't too bad. I'm going to be going back and this time finish my bachelors in education and finally ending with me getting my masters in trumpet performance with a minor in conducting. Hope this helps.
     
  9. coolerdave

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    I found that pushing the air across the roof of my mouth brightens up the sound and/or the smaller the aperture of my lips the darker the tone or perhaps bigger core sound ... my I let the aperture get bigger the tone brightens up... at least for me.
     
  10. Vulgano Brother

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    I'm thinking maybe too much lip protrusion and/or using the cornet sound as your model.
     

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