Heyguys! My name is Cole im 19 from MN and a sophmore trumpet major in college. I like many have had quite a few struggles with finding mouthpieces and such and I just need some help... BTW sorry for the title of this thread sounding like some 8th grader that wants to play high notes.... lol
So Im an pretty player and I really work hard and sounding the best and playing the best I can. I practice for average 3-4hrs a day and my chops are in good shape. I have been playin a Yamaha heavyweight 14B4 since like 9th grade and it works great... or HAS worked great. its my only mouthpiece I use... allround, small combo gigs, concert bands, pit orchestras, and even lead. I get a good sound and have a pretty solid high A (even towards the end of a day) so Im not looking for a mouthpiece to play high! Im just not getting the SOUND I want when playing lead. So after years of wasting money on guessing mouthpieces I discovered GR last month and only heard awesome things! So I set up and had a consultation and bought a lead piece 66SZ and this week Im buying a 66M for more or less my all around school mouthpiece. (Im getting both because I cant use a lead mouthpiece for everything and I dont want to be changing a lot about my mouthpiece).
So this is where the help I need is. I guess simply how do I transition into using my lead mouthpiece?? Like I said I havent changed mouthpieces in 6 years besides all the money I wasted over the years trying to buy shallow lead mouthpieces and always bottoming out and sometimes never even getting a sound! I get that adding this to my equipment regularly means I have to practice more but is there anything specific I should be doing with it (exercises, long tones avoid high register for awhile) to prevent any issues? now the 66SZ and the 66M are the same rim, contour, bite, alpha angle etc. the only change is the cup. so should I not use the lead mouthpiece until Im adjusted to the 66M or since its the same mouthpiece feel will that just work itself out??
Sorry if this just seems like a ridiculous post but this is a big deal for my playing and I dont want to risk having a few bad weeks of playing or causing issues because... well I have gigs, and school grades based on my playing and such!
Thanks in advance for the help guys!