Category Archives: Mouthpieces

Great Books: Understanding the Mouthpiece by John and Phyllis Stork

I was a music education major as an undergraduate student, and for most of my undergraduate career was aiming toward a career as a school band director. I probably practiced a little more than most music education majors I knew … Continue reading

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Missed Partials are “Real” Missed Notes

Brass players have a peculiar challenge that many other instrumentalists do not share in that in that brass instruments have multiple notes available for each fingering or slide position. This means that the player must not only depress the correct … Continue reading

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“Low Brass Basics” for Doublers, Part Two

Read Part One here. The mouthpiece The mouthpiece is the chamber in which the player buzzes his lips in order to create sound on a brass instrument, and is thus the primary interface between player and instrument. In a sense, … Continue reading

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“Low Brass Basics” for Doublers, Part One

As some of you might have noticed, I have had a difficult time maintaining my desired weekly writing and posting schedule for this entire fall semester. This is primarily due to my energies being directed, besides the usual teaching and … Continue reading

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This Summer’s Recording Project

Although I have been a university low brass teacher at some level for twelve years now, I have never taken it upon myself to make a solo recording. One reason for this is the expense involved; making a quality recording … Continue reading

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