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Just some supplementary comments: The effects of braces on playing vary from person to person, based on how they play, their facial structure, and how much they're willing to work to adjust to braces and then readjust after they get them off. I play the French horn and I was totally fine until I got braces in seventh grade. Now, at the tail end of my ...


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Speaking purely from personal experience, braces are an annoyance but not a problem. I played the clarinet thru 3 years' worth of old-fashioned metal-band&wire braces, with some lip shredding, some applications of dental wax, and so on. Abrasion on internal (mouth) surfaces is likely with any instrument. In the woodwind family, since only ...


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Adding French Horn to Trumpet and Flugelhorn? My advice woud be absolutely "yes". But try to think as a french horn player. Requires practice to change the mode. That's a great exercise for your brain. Have fun!!!


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An alternative to buying a pricey mute like the Silent Brass system is to simply make your own, if you don't mind spending some time on a do-it-yourself project. When I was a poor college student looking to save all the money I could, I found instructions for making a practice mute out of a Renuzit brand air freshener with some simple electronics to hook up ...


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You should try out practice mutes in a shop. Look for the one with best intonation, that the one that detunes your horn as little as possible. My experience with the Yamaha silent brass is awful, especially with the headphones. Last time I played with it I could barely play at the next rehearsal. I guess it's easy to overblow since the headphones kind of ...


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The Silent Brass is really just a practice mute with a microphone in it, and the rest of the system is just a cheapo headphone amp. I have one but I rarely bother putting the headphones on. So the first thing to check out would be a simple practice mute. They produce a ton of back pressure so you don't want to play on them exclusively and get used to it, ...



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