A mouthpiece is a very personal choice. Although brass players will hear lots of advice and debate about which model or design is best, the mouthpiece you choose should depend on your experience, the music you play, the instrument you use, and the sound you desire.
Incorrect miking could turn a pristine guitar sound to mud or a gleaming Bach trumpet could end up sounding like a kazoo. Read our Mic Techniques guide.
Yamaha’s Silent Brass Systems for French horn (SB3XC), trombone (SB5XC), flugelhorn (SB6XC) or trumpet (SB7XC) allow horn players to practice while listening to hi-fidelity sound that only they can hear. The systems’ small pick-up mute offers outstanding sound reduction and a natural feel. The included Personal Studio attaches to an external audio player in order to practice with prerecorded material. The brass mutes are ideal for warm-up, evenings, hotels, and other silent practice situations.
For brass musicians looking to discover new sounds, mutes may be the way to go. They change the instrument’s sound by reducing airflow, altering the volume, and changing the resonance. Typically made of copper, aluminum, or brass, mutes can be placed either in the interior, or on the exterior of the instrument.
We’ve seen some conflicting methods out there on the best way to clean a trumpet and other brass instruments. Last week we interviewed some top-notch musicians, including Gabriel DiMartino from Syracuse University and Raymond Mase from Juilliard, to find out how they do it. Based on their tips, here’s the video we created. This video […]