Simply relaxing, buzzing. Amazing. Just two minutes of exercising this simple step and I'm getting clean staccato and trills. I always thought buzzing on the mouthpiece was for wimpy novices. I am wrong. With any luck I'll have a teacher soon but I'm not going to stop practicing. So far I've started to use less mouthpiece pressure, I've also begun to hold my horn properly. I have large awkward thumbs. If I can I might have a modified thumb rest soldered on. I honestly have huge clunky thumbs.
After free buzzing for rougly thirty seconds I could noodle with complex improvisations with much improved tone. I'm evening coming around to the monette mouthpiece. I think I'll stop playing for two days and focus all practice time to buzzing. Then when my lips get acclimated with proper air control I will try to make t he monette work.
Perhaps David Monette is not full of beans. His mouthpiece is not a cheater mouthpiece. I'm starting to notice the importance of proper relaxation. I also notice that doing the "pivot" on the monette seems futile. Pinching does not work with the monette either. I can pinch the highs out loud and clear with the Bobby Shew mouthpiece.
But this Monette is giving me a challenge I'm willing to put up with. I still want to try the Wedge. I think I'll try the plastic mouthpiece. If it sounds darker than regular mouthpiece I might have a trumpet sounding like a cornet. Though I despise smooth jazz...if I could play it for a bucks I would :)