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How your lips dictate your mouthpiece choice

This issue of Dr. Mouthpiece deals with qualifying lip type and size. Many readers admit not having any real understanding or true way of knowing what is meant when I have outlined the basic groups of thick lipped vs. thin lipped players. When  doing a consultation,...

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The basics of rim shape and cup shape

This week’s questions were sent to us from Japan; however they are universal in that they concern the very most basic elements of mouthpiece design: rim shapes and cup shapes. Helping players navigate their way through these decisions is part of our mission. Q: What...

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How to choose a mouthpiece

This week I chose to feature two questions because they are connected by a common link. In both cases, the players seem to think of mouthpiece selection as some completely arbitrary process totally unrelated to their needs either physically or application wise. It’s...

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How the bore size affects you.

I really appreciate your paper on "lip flesh" (abbreviated term) for I, when young and inexperienced, was a victim of the one way and one size fits all syndrome. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being very fleshy, I would rate myself as 7/8 and tend to bottom out on...

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Can endurance be permanently lost by a huge mouthpiece?

Can endurance be permanently lost by a huge MPC? Shouldn't it be gained because more effort is put in, so the body will adapt (like lifting weights)?   Oh boy, this is a doozey! My first take on this is to remind you that not every endeavor benefits from...

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Bach-ify your mouthpiece? The backbore myth

I guess Bach-ify is a silly word. Maybe I should have said Bach-sounding, or Bach-like. Whatever version of the term you like, it is a pretty standard concept. You know, the tone color, the attack, that sort of thing. Bach rules in the orchestral world. The Storks,...

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