Playing Trumpet With a Mustache-Does Facial Hair Help or Hurt?

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Playing Trumpet With a Mustache Is Facial Hair a Problem?

Can I play a brass instrument with facial hair? Is playing trumpet with a mustache going to be a problem? …or…

…could it even be an advantage?

In this blog post I’m going to share my thoughts about this.

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Best Trumpet Mouthpiece For Big Lips -Thick – Large Lips

“The Bach 1C  megatone is a very good trumpet mouthpiece for large lips”

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Best Trumpet Mouthpiece For Thick / Large Lips

What is the best trumpet mouthpiece for big lips?

We all come in different sizes, and having large and thick lips should by no means be an obstacle for becoming a great trumpet player. There are thousands and thousands of trumpet virtuosos out there with large lips, and they are doing just fine…

…some of them do indeed need bigger mouthpieces, but not all of them. You see, it also depends on what kind of chop setting we are using.

That said, before you start messing around with your embouchure, it is indeed better to look for a suitable trumpet mouthpiece for thick lips…

…assuming your embouchure is working fine, of course.

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What’s The Hardest – Easiest Brass Instrument To Play ?

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What Is The Hardest – Easiest Brass Instrument To Play?

People often ask me “what’s the most difficult brass instrument to play?” or “What’s the easiest brass instrument to play?” and in this article I’m going to give my best shot at answering those questions.

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Best Trumpet Mouthpiece For Braces – Playing With Braces

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The “Kelly 7c” – A Good Mouthpiece For Playing With Braces

Best Trumpet Mouthpiece For Braces

The Kelly 7c is a good mouthpiece for braces because it is much softer than regular brass mouthpieces (click here to check pricing at Amazon).

So, why wold we want something softer? some of you might be asking…

….well, normally we don’t want that, but there is nothing normal about playing the trumpet while having braces. Come to think of it, there’s actually nothing normal about trumpet playing in general 🙂

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THIS is The Best Trumpet Mouthpiece for Marching Band

The Denis Wick DW 6882 4X

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I consider the Denis Wick 4x to be one of the absolute best mouthpieces for marching band

Best Trumpet Mouthpiece for Marching Band

What is the best trumpet mouthpiece for marching band?

Well, as you know, what works for one,  might not work for another. On top of that there are many very good brands out there, so answering this question with giving just one mouthpiece suggestion is not that easy, but…

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Are Pocket Trumpets Easier To Play? Pocket Trumpet vs Regular

A pocket trumpet

Are Pocket Trumpets Easier-Harder To Play?
Pocket Trumpet vs. Regular Trumpet

As I’m sitting here, spending a bit of time readingin on trumpet forums, I find these questions coming up again and again…

  • Are pocket trumpets easier to play?
  • Are pocket trumpet harder to play?
  • Pocket trumpet vs. piccolo trumpet, are they the same?
  • Pocket trumpet vs normal trumpet, what are the differences?
  • Are pocket trumpets any good?
  • Are pocket trumpets real musical instruments?

…so I thought I might as well write an article, answering those questions. I hope you find it informative.

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5 Simple Tips How To Relax Your Throat While Playing Trumpet

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How To Relax Your Throat While Playing Trumpet

Do you feel your throat and neck tense up when you play the trumpet? If so this is a blog post you should read.

Believe it or not, this is a very common problem and something we need to fix because playing with tension will negatively affect your sound, endurance  as well as your ability to control your playing.

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Trumpet Warm Up Exercises-Best Routines And How To Warm Up

On this page you will find trumpet warm up exercises for beginners, intermediates and advanced!

Trumpet Warm Up Exercises And
How To Warm Up On Trumpet

Wondering how to warm up on trumpet, and now you are looking for trumpet warm up routines and exercises? If so this is the ultimate page for you, so grab a cup of coffee and stay for a while, because this could really improve your trumpet playing significantly.

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The Best Trumpet Mouthpiece For Endurance

two good mouthpieces for endurance
it’s not these two…these are good, but they are not the best all-around mouthpieces for endurance.

The Two Best Trumpet Mouthpieces For Endurance

I get a lot of emails with the questions,

  • What are some good trumpet mouthpieces for endurance?
  • If I want to play for a long time, what is the best mouthpiece for endurance?
  • Could you name your favorite trumpet mouthpiece for stamina?
  • Please, what is the best mouthpiece for playing trumpet without getting tired?

…I think you get the picture, endurance… endurance……. endurance!

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