Playing From the side of your mouth

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Adrian, Oct 5, 2004.

  1. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

    Oct 25, 2003
    Yee HAW!
    One thing to add in here: your band director (or future band directors) may ask that you play with the whole section having "bells up... not buried in the stand". That way you can play at a lower dynamic but hold control and still give the audience a "bright sound". If you have a severe overbite or happen to need but are allergic to bifocals you will either have to memorize your music (and get a crick in your neck) or do something else.

    The "something else" is perhaps to experiment with the bent-shank mouthpiece. I'm one of the "bifocal" guys but I am not allergic to them (in fact, bifocals are sooo much easier to read music and keep the bell up than with the multi-focal glasses!)

    Not a problem if you play "off the side" since you can just angle your stand/stance so that the bell is still pointed in the right direction.


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