Playing out of the Side of my mouth

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Mud, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. RustoleusMaximus

    RustoleusMaximus Pianissimo User

    Feb 1, 2008
    I've never had a trumpet lesson from anyone; yet, played 1st chair and lead all through college although not a music major. I've played some pro gigs since my college days. I can double tongue, triple tongue, play legit with a good tone and loud from a double pedal tone C to a double C. I play slightly to the right with a pivot. What matters is the sound and tone you produce. These people who state that you MUST definitely play this way or that way with this mouthpiece or that mouthpieces etc. ad nauseum simply don't know what they are talking about. We are ALL individuals with differing facial features; oral cavities; tooth formations; lip sizes and I could go on and on. There are great players who play dead center of their lips and great players who play off to the side. There are great players who play (relatively) small equipment and great players who play (relatively) large equipment etc. Do what works for YOU. A good tone must come FIRST. Endurance, range and technique are a matter of spending a lot of time practicing the right things. Probably the biggest single thing that took me a while to figure out was how to properly increase my air velocity for the high range.
  2. coolerdave

    coolerdave Utimate User

    Nov 7, 2009
    San Pedro
    Rowuk really hits the nail on the nail on the head. None of us know how well you play. The reason for changing your current setup should be to improve your playing. A good instructor will know what you should be capable of performing at your present stage in the process. You might lack dexterity or perhaps aren't achieving a full sound. You might be right on track and no adjustments are needed.
    All you have to go on right now are your ears and playing goals.

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