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Trumpet Discussion Discuss Help me out in the General forums; This will take some explaining, so bear with me. I have a mildly serious underbite, which causes me to play ...
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    Help me out

    This will take some explaining, so bear with me.

    I have a mildly serious underbite, which causes me to play trumpet with an upstream. However, my glasses slide down my nose and my upstream makes it so I can't see above my bell. This means I have to look down at my music, but to do this, I have to tilt my head down slightly. The result is a guy with his head pointed down and the trumpet straight out towards whatever's in front of me. I think my upstream is a little serious, because I can play better with the trumpet at a 35 degree angle to the ground then I can at 0 degrees. Any way to fix this so I can see my music in front of me and not have to look down to get the trumpet to be straight?

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    Re: Help me out can bend the mouthpiece. That is what I would recommend. likes this.
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    Re: Help me out

    And get your glasses adjusted. Mine slide down my nose too so I go every 3 months or so to get them tightened. If you go where you got the glasses they don't charge for this.
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    Re: Help me out

    Quote Originally Posted by mchs3d View Post can bend the mouthpiece. That is what I would recommend.
    I know a few guys who play bent mouthpieces - amongst them Gabriel Keogh of the Dani Felber Big Band. Wonderful professional - the bend hasn't driven him round the bend.
    But one piece of warning: DON'T DO IT YOURSELF! Have a trained tech do it - they know how. Otherwise you end up with a broken mpc.
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    Re: Help me out

    How about moving the music to either sides of you? That way, you don't have to look down. I always have my stand to my right. Thats what we did in middle school to create more space and avoid playing into the stand. I'm used to it and I find it most comfortable in that position., edfitzvb, Dupac and 2 others like this.
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    Re: Help me out

    I played for the longest time with my stand to the right side, and why I now prefer it to be on my left side eludes me, but such is the way it is unless I'm playing from my orchestra stand where I read downward under my hands. I think such may be to evade the distracting flutter of my fingers and also closer to reach for a mute left handed.

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