Educational FAQ

As all musicians transition to the online learning environment we would like to offer up some online educational content. 

 

1) Does the mouthpiece rim inner-diameter really matter?

Yes, and there are other factors. The mouthpiece rim profile is defined by three contact points, the OD (outer-diameter), high point, and the ID (inner-diameter). The alteration of any of these three points will dramatically change how the rim feels and functions. Most brass mouthpiece manufacturing companies provide the ID specification as that is an industry standard for rim measurement. What about the other two contact points? Very rarely is the OD, and high point discussed. By moving the high point towards the inner or outer edge you can create the feel of a larger or smaller mouthpiece without altering the inner-diameter. By moving the outer edge inward or outward you dramatically change the surface contact area for your lips. Everything affects everything.

2) What is a commercial trumpet backbore?

Commercial music is the inclusion of virtually any style of music from pop, rock, funk, blues, and others. The typical commercial backbore tends to lean on the efficient side, but that truly is a personal preference of the player. It comes down to one word, balance! The player needs to have the balance of resistance from the horn, mouthpiece, and their body. For many commercial players they are looking for a backbore that offers more resistance to assist with their efficiency of themselves and their horn. What if a player is using a very tight feeling trumpet that provides an extreme amount of resistance? In this case would a very efficient backbore be needed? Maybe not. Whether you’re using our more free blowing #0 backbore, or our most efficient offering the C4, the balance of resistance is the key.

3) My daughter/son is a high school trumpet player, what mouthpiece should they use?

Ultimately the student should follow the teachings and advice from their private lesson teacher as they see this student on a weekly basis. We typically recommend high school students to start with our Pickett YA 3, or Pickett 3C. The 3C is a medium rim/cup combination to promote proper muscle development. The early high school years are extremely critical to proper brass basics, and a mouthpiece that will allow correct fundamentals and muscle development is perimount for the students success.

4) Do I need a lead trumpet mouthpiece in high school?

This is at the discretion of your private teacher, but a mouthpiece that assists with efficiency and projection is helpful in jazz and marching band settings. Ultimately you need to make sure the lead mouthpiece does not hinder muscle development by using it just because it is easier! The proper practice regiment with the right equipment is the key.

5) Is the mouthpiece honeymoon period a real thing?

Absolutely! This is not just with mouthpieces. Anytime you make a change with your body an adjustment period is needed, which your lips are no different. The honeymoon period typically sets in 1-2 weeks into the adjustment or change. If you notice a dramatic change in articulation, endurance, or flexibility this may need to be addressed.