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Why do some trombone players put their index finger over the mouthpiece while playing?

This is only for comfort. The part where you hold the trombone is not very ergonomical so we search for as comfortable position as possible, with control of the instrument. Try various hand positions ...
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I have to loosen my jaw to play the lowest notes on my Bari. Is that normal?

If you have to loosen up to play the low notes then your embouchure is too tight and you need loosen up over the whole range of the instrument. Start by working on just the low notes, and then when ...
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What do the Numbers and Letters Represent with Regard to Trumpet Mouthpieces?

What do the codes mean? The details vary according to manufacturer, but they refer to the diameter and depth of the cup. As an example, I've always played Bach brand mouthpieces. I started with a 7C, ...
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How to practice trumpet with mouthpiece alone?

Practice on mouthpiece alone is an outstanding way to develop trumpet playing. Here are some suggestions for approaching it. Hold the mouthpiece as loosely as possible so as not to pull it back ...
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Vintage vs Modern Saxophone Mouthpieces

So, just because it's old or expensive, doesn't mean it's good. I've played quite a few old links that are horrible. And I've played some that are incredible. Old Otto Links are tricky because they ...
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Is any trumpet mouthpiece brand valid for any trumpet?

The best choice will be that you take your instrument with you to the shop when you once will change the mouthpiece. With lower instruments the size of the mouthpiece may always be a problem but for ...
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Clarinet mouthpiece suggestions for an adult learner

You don't need to fuss over choosing a mouthpiece at your stage. Use the standard one that came with the clarinet. If you've broken it, just go for ebonite with a medium tip. You shouldn't have to ...
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What woodwind instruments have easier embouchure?

The difference between a brass instrument and a woodwind is that on a brass instrument the lips themselves need to create the pitch (so in some sense the lips are part of the instrument). This is not ...
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What woodwind instruments have easier embouchure?

It depends on how you define 'easier', but if you are having problems with the trumpet you might have more success with a woodwind instrument. In terms of physical effort and pressure on the lips the ...
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What woodwind instruments have easier embouchure?

Clarinet is generally reckoned to be the 'easiest' wind instrument to get started on. (Unless you include recorder, melodica, harmonica etc. of course.) But whatever problems you're having with ...
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How can you definitively and scientifically test mouthpieces?

You can't. Apart from anything else, this presupposes that there is an ideal mouthpiece for each instrument. When you come around to doing subjective tests (unless you discard the whole project in ...
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A tenor mouthpiece made to use alto reeds

I've got a silver guardala studio mouthpiece on my tenor, and I've started using alto reeds on that. It's a very slim mouthpiece.
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Clarinet Ligature on Alto Sax?

I am surprised that the clarinet ligature fits on the alto saxophone mouthpiece (I play both.) What do you mean by "fit"? The ligature should fit snugly on the mouthpiece under the "u" part of the ...
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Why do some trombone players put their index finger over the mouthpiece while playing?

I just asked a trombonist; the answer was, that it is a convenient place to press against, so the instrument does not tilt, since it requires less effort than more forceful grip.
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Offset Teeth Placement On Clarinet Mouthpiece

I dunno why you use a patch but that's more or less beside the point. My teeth are uneven as well; my correction was to let the mouthpiece "settle" into my embouchure. The most comfortable position ...
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Alto Saxophone: spit on sides of mouthpiece?

You need to have your teacher (you DO have one, right?) watch your playing. It's pretty much guaranteed that your embouchure is out of whack, allowing air to escape (and saliva with it). I'll note ...
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Is any trumpet mouthpiece brand valid for any trumpet?

Yes, mouthpiece fitting - for Bb trumpets at any rate - is standard. (Doubtless someone will find an exception :-) Not for trombones though, there are two sizes.
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What woodwind instruments have easier embouchure?

Embouchure only, easiest to hardest: Bassoon Low saxophones Flute low register Alto sax and clarinet low register maybe tied Oboe low register Higher saxes and higher registers on saxes Flute higher ...
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Trumpet Mouthpiece for Playing High Notes

Despite what manufacturers would have you believe, there's no magic bullet/new golf clubs/shiny equipment answer to this. You can't buy a quick answer to this problem. The actual answer is to choose a ...
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Buzzing into the mouthpiece of a transposing instrument

You should be thinking of the concept of "C", but the sound of Bb or A, if that makes sense. The instrument doesn't care what you call the note, the only thing that matters for sound ...
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Buzzing into the mouthpiece of a transposing instrument

My suggestion is that by buzzing at a particular pitch, you will be encouraging the instrument to 'speak' at that pitch when the mouthpiece is connected. Therefore you should buzz at the frequency you ...
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Is any trumpet mouthpiece brand valid for any trumpet?

As has been said already, the taper on a trumpet m/p is an industry standard - so it's compatible with every trumpet m/p receiver. Some more esoteric trumpets have a one-piece mouthpiece/mouthpipe ...
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Will bite marks on my clarinet mouthpiece affect my playing?

I played clarinet for a year and bass clarinet from Grades 6-12 in school concert bands, and I never had bite marks on any of my mouthpieces. I therefore can't really answer your first question, but I ...
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What is the diameter of a clarinet and bass clarinet mouthpiece?

My research indicates that there are two standard sizes: "The diameter of the bore is defined by the instrument (or better: its type), because the mouthpiece must have the same bore as the rest of ...
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A tenor mouthpiece made to use alto reeds

Metal mouthpieces are slimmer than hard rubber/plastic mouthpieces across the board (for reasons that have to do with tone), so it's not necessarily one specific metal mouthpiece that this would work ...
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A tenor mouthpiece made to use alto reeds

I've been using an alto reed on my vintage otto link metal piece. It has to be slightly off center to correct seal and sounds a tad bit airy. It saves a lot of cash though, and I don't take in much ...
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A tenor mouthpiece made to use alto reeds

You can just use the wrong reeds. They're not nearly as finicky as some people would have you believe. It's actually pretty common to use one size larger reeds than normal (e.g., tenor sax reeds on ...
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A tenor mouthpiece made to use alto reeds

I have a metal selmer mouthpiece for tenor that came with a C Melody horn and the tenor reeds protrude from the side, causing a metal ligature to bend or not completely hug the reed. So I can see his ...
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Size of an unmarked mouthpiece (bass trombone)

It is hard to say what you have, although I suspect it may be a JinBao. Especially if your horn is from eBay as a discount model or from one of the JinBao distributors like Mack Brass, Wessex, esp. ...
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