Trumpet Stiff Lips

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Xelex, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. tunefultrumpet

    tunefultrumpet Pianissimo User

    Apr 9, 2008
    New Zealand
    I disagree with your comment regarding H.S trumpet players still playing their 7C and it being old school thinking. I played professionally in orchestras on a 7C and no one ever complained my sound wasn't full or broad enough. Some legendary trumpet players eg. Bud Herseth played on 7C's. Rafael Mendez played on very small mouthpieces if my memory serves me correctly. I think the trap is to feel you need to move up to something larger using the bigger is better principle, but I agree with your point about a young player moving onto a small lead piece and not maintaining practice on a more regular size mouthpiece being a mistake.
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2008
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  2. et_mike

    et_mike Mezzo Forte User

    Oct 16, 2007
    Chesapeake, VA
    I have to agree with Tuneful... mouthpiece choice should be based on what works for you as a player not on the bases of what "society" thinks. I also believe that changing mouthpieces should be reserved for when you are in the hands of a capable instructor and have developed the necessary skills and maturity to realize a mouthpiece change is not an instant fix for range, articulation or anything else technical. Mouthpiece changes should be had to change your sound or comfort.

    Xelex- it sounds like you are on the road to recovery. Keep us up to date.
  3. Xelex

    Xelex New Friend

    Nov 19, 2008
    Hehe, so I played today....
    I did some long tones on very low notes, then just to make sure my chops weren't dead, I played a jazz lick (F#, G, G A C D [ all eighth notes ]) and got a real fat high D at the end.
    However, after sitting through concert band, I noticed my endurance is a tad low... Even with notes like F and G on top of the staff, which I'm sure is a sign of a little weakness. Granted nothing stings, I think I'll hold back some more.
    And for that reason, since I'm on break, I'm going to not play until Friday, then do some more long tones, and then slowly work the routine back up.
    Thanks for all the advice though, guys, it's really helped a lot.
    I'll try the relaxation method too, because I do have a thing with being too tense when I play.

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