Mouthpiece Fitting

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by BudBix, Aug 11, 2006.

  1. BudBix

    BudBix Pianissimo User

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    Hi Manny,

    I'm wondering how you approach fitting your students to a mouthpiece. In particluar do you recommend a smaller inner diameter to players with thinner than average lips and larger sizes for folks with thick lips? Though I am interested in other aspects too.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi BudBix,
    I have a collection of "standard sized" mouthpieces for my students to try. I have found no correlation between fat or thin lips and mouthpiece size. A decent 7c(many are trash!) is good piece to start with. When they start to practice regularly, the mouthpieces can get bigger, unless they want to become lead players.
    After 2 or 3 years most of my students end up with something around a Bach 1 1/4, Schilke 18, Yamaha 17C or D or Monette B2 or 3 (I do need to get some GR mouthpieces - I have read so much good stuff about them!).
    It seems to be very important to the beginners that they can play "high notes" as soon as possible. That is why I don't force the size issue until they are practicing very regularly. All of the bad habits during the first two years are a curse for the next 10!
    MOST IMPORTANT: stress that nobody should ever buy a mouthpiece alone! Take a knowledgeable someone along and play to them - up close and far away. What sounds good up close is only significant if you are playing into a microphone or somebodies ear. It needs to work for your audience too!
    Robin
     
  3. oneeyedhobbit

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    Two or three year students are playing Monettes? Apparently, I was taught by an instructor who was well behind the times.
     
  4. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    I keep an eye open on eBay for deals on Monette non-Prana mouthpieces. My "stock" of mouthpieces covers the handful of students that I have. The pitch-center thing works for me, the rims are comfortable. Again, bigger mouthpiece ONLY if the kids are practicing enough!

    Robin
     
  5. Manny Laureano

    Manny Laureano Utimate User

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    Yeah, BB, that's the general rule. Of course there are always exceptions but I don't don't guide anything I do by exception but rather by what seems right at the time.

    After that, it's listening and observing... a little gradual change where it's needed. I don't believe theres anything too mysterious about it at the first levels. After the first bunch of years, the student needs to decide what's best.

    ML
     

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