Larger vs. Smaller

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by mrmusicnotes, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. mrmusicnotes

    mrmusicnotes Piano User

    Nov 11, 2007
    IN the recent post entitlled "Lips Swelling After Playing"the suject of playing a small mpc over a large one was touched upon.My thoughts were always from the school that larger was the proper way to go until recently.I played a 1 1/2c for years exclusively, but now for the past month and a half have been experimenting with smaller size pieces,5B ,7c ,mendez #2 and, even a 10 1/2c .I think the best experience from this change is my enthusiasom has soared,I have gone to 90 min. a day from a 60 min practice session.Anyway I thought this would make a fine topic for discussion.
  2. Al Innella

    Al Innella Forte User

    Aug 9, 2007
    Levittown , NY
    Mthpieces are like shoes you go with the best fit for you.
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    I think that mouthpieces like trumpets have a basic sound character. If you have one that makes the sound that you have in your head come out easier, it is less work.
    Trying to get a screaming bright sound out of a Bach 1X is normally not a recipe for success. Trying to get a BIG dark sound out of a Bach 10 1/2E or Schilke 14A4A is also not logical.
    One thing to remember: a mouthpiece is out of metal and essentially 100% consistent. The chops screwed to the rim are the issue. Software meine Herren, not hardware!

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