mouthpiece cup shape

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  1. Ed Lee

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    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

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    safety? :0)
     
  3. songbook

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

    rettepnoj Fortissimo User

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

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    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

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    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.
     
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