Stop acting like someone shot your dog.
Knowledge is freedom, and ignorance is slavery - Miles Davis
The difference between a beginner and pro mouthpiece is practice - tobylou8
Nobody has learned how to play the trumpet. It's endless. - Maynard Ferguson
Don't be afraid to try something different. The Ark was built by an amateur and the Titanic was built by a group of experienced engineers.
By the inch it's a cinch, by the yard, it's hard!
Gmonady answers the burning question:
"What part of the mouthpiece makes articulation easier?
"The part that you play the trumpet with".
Snarky in the key of funny!!
But seriously, The size of one's lips are of little consequence when it comes to trumpet playing. to support this, look at Alison Balsom's lips and compare them to Wynton Marsalis' lips. Two factors that can have a negative effect on trumpet playing are how the teeth and or palate are formed. Occasionally (not often) the teeth or palate will be so misaligned/ malformed that trumpet playing becomes even more of a challenge and in some cases, impossible. As for the placement of the mouthpiece on the lips, a lot of that has to do with what register you are in. I'm guessing by the nature of your question that you are just starting out so please accept that this might be a little hard to understand so here's a little visual that might help:
These visuals are based on what you would consider upper, normal, and lower register:
(/) = upper register (|) = normal register (\) = lower register. These are approximates and some individuals tend to move their heads (Ferguson) and some tend to move their bell (Marsalis) but the results are still the same.
As for not being able to play certain notes, I always refer to the basics sheet to see if the person is getting in their own way before recommending any equipment changes. Why? If it's a problem with mechanics, then the problem will arise again once the "honeymoon period" is over with the new piece of equipment.
Last edited by Dr.Mark; 08-01-2013 at 12:44 PM. Reason: spellin'
Lead guy in our big band spent a few minutes with a Stomvi rep in re mpcs. He said it was much like getting an eye exam. In 10 min his problem was diagnosed and Stomvi built him a new mpc. I can testify personally that he has been reborn. The Gs one octave above the staff last night were cutting edge. Point? Get some pro help. Aside: there are many great players of history, think Cat Anderson, Clifford Brown et al who had extremely fat chops. But, and here it is: their chops didn't protrude into the mpc at all. so some diagnosis for you should be your first step.
Conns: 2B ('48) 48B ('51) 58B ('32) 62B ('46 Pan Am) 80A ('53)
Olds: Ambassador Cornet ('52) Ambassador Trumpet ('52)
Kanstul/FBessons: 609; 709 Trumpets
Martin: Deluxe Committee Model Trumpet ('52)
Reynolds: Contempora Trumpet (LB) ('56) Contempora Cornet (LB) ('62)
Schilke: B6L Trumpet (2009)
Stomvis: Elite Flugelhorn; Elite Cornet; Forte Pocket Trumpet
Sorry gmonday bugs me, his remarks don't add any to the conversation
I picked this MP up when I bought an Estate sell trumpet
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