mouthpiece cup shape

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by songbook, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    I use my hand to put a golf ball in my pocket ... after I or my caddy retrieve it from the hole. Now can you manipulate the golf ball between your 4 fingers as an exercise. I use to be able to, but can't now. Last year sold a dozen brand new balls for $5.00 at my yard sale. Sold my golf clubs in 1980 for $300.00 via a newspaper ad.
  2. trumpetguy27

    trumpetguy27 Mezzo Piano User

    May 30, 2008
    safety? :0)
  3. songbook

    songbook Piano User

    Apr 25, 2010
    Ed Lee what difference would I find between my Bach 3c and a Bach 5c?
  4. rettepnoj

    rettepnoj Fortissimo User

    Feb 22, 2009
    The notes are there, not just "pffffff" ;-)
  5. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    As to cup shape, I have a light tongue (OK, K.T. don't touch this!) and find the "C" shape works best for me. Sometimes orchestral music requires a really percussive or slashing attack. The "V" shape is more forgiving for multiple tonguing, smoothing out the T's and K's.

    I do use a Sears mouthpiece, totally flat rim, deep "V" on my old Holton cornet. It knows the old tunes.
  6. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    As I'm not you, have not seen you or heard you play it's difficult to say, but generally they require an itty bitty more air and IMO have a tiny bit warmer intonation and are more in the middle of high and lower notes. This is what the 4 6th grade boys in their second year on trumpet use and what I use to demonstrate to them. Too, I carry one in my pocket all the time to use in evaluating a trumpet I encounter and to use with a David O'Neill Buzzmaster (Warburton) to exercise with when a trumpet isn't practical. Especially, in a cold climate this time of year, all of us are using Kelly Lexan mouthpieces which may seem flatter to some. Overall, a 5c just allows you to flex your lip and facial muscles from time to time. Yes, year 'round it is a Kelly in my pocket so that I'm not walking lopsided with the weight of a Bach ... I have enough difficulty walking now with age and health. As I also play other instruments and "strange" trumpet mouthpieces, I encounter no difficulty playing any or as some would say, I "make do" with what I have, but the switcheroo keeps me versatile ... I believe.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2013

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