Last edited by tunefultrumpet; 11-24-2008 at 02:17 AM. Reason: spelling
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.
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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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