Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by crowmadic, Feb 8, 2007.

  1. crowmadic

    crowmadic Mezzo Piano User

    Oct 3, 2006
    I've been trying different size mouthpieces in a relatively short period of time. Consequently, I've messed-up my chops. My lower teeth even dug into my lower lip at one point, leaving some irritation. What should I do to gain my chops back again until I find a professional who can direct me to the appropriate mouthpiece for me, or make me a custom one. These are the mouthpiece sizes I have at my disposal now: 1, 3C, 5C, 7, 7C, 17C, and one BSC Fl flugelhorn mouthpiece.
  2. Annie

    Annie Piano User

    Nov 13, 2003
    You didn't mess up your chops, I can guaruntee that. It's hard to do unless you slice one of them in half.

    How long did you play on each mouthpiece? Just a few minutes? Or did you try one for a day, then another, and so on?

    One of the best ways to find a good mouthpiece is to have a good selection of mouthpieces, like you have, and find the one that is the most comfortable that produces the best sound/flexibility for you. This will make it easier for you to tackle any style of music.

    A good way to see if a mouthpiece is good for you is to play the same passage of music when comparing the mouthpieces - doing lip flexibilities and practicing attacks on them also helps too. Also, remember - you're changing mouthpieces, and sometimes it takes time to get used to the one you want use.
  3. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

    May 11, 2005
    Metro Detroit
    I would suggest going back to whatever mouthpiece you were using before you started all of this.

    Then find a pro and do it right.

  4. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

    Oct 25, 2003
    Yee HAW!
    And Sell All The Others!
  5. crowmadic

    crowmadic Mezzo Piano User

    Oct 3, 2006
    I guess I'm rushing to find the perfect equipment for me, and forgetting it takes time, time better spent practicing with what works best at the moment. Thanks to all...............tom
  6. FreshBrewed

    FreshBrewed Mezzo Piano User

    Nov 11, 2003
    Houston, TX
    What he said.
  7. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    If you can get a reasonable sound out of your 7C - use it. Forget for at least a year that other mouthpieces are out there. Face muscles are much more resilient than the human brain. You will be OK.
    If the irritation continues, you need to disinfect - Cognac works for me!
  8. uatrmpt

    uatrmpt Piano User

    Nov 29, 2003
    Pick a mouthpiece (my suggestion is 5C or 3C), take a week off to let your chops forget about all of the recent changes, then start over...slowly.
  9. crowmadic

    crowmadic Mezzo Piano User

    Oct 3, 2006
    I'm going to find it hard to stay off the chops for a week, but the 3C & Cognac sounds managable........thanks, tom
  10. daveythewavey19

    daveythewavey19 New Friend

    Jan 31, 2007
    My teacher once told me a good way to fix the chops, at the end of practice, decend chromaticaly from middle G down to C holding each note as long as and as loudly as you can while still maintaining a steady tone. (Breath between notes) I do this all the time now after every practice and it works well for me. But keep in mind, this is for the END of practice. No more playing after doing it because it doesn't do any good that way.

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