Using the proper mouthpiece is essential in order to realize your potential as a trumpet player. For almost as long as there have been trumpet mouthpieces, there have been trumpet players on a life-long search for the right one.
So, which mouthpiece is the right one?
The short answer would be the one you feel most comfortable with. By that I mean one that feels comfortable to play and provides you with the best combination of tone quality, accuracy and facility in the upper register.
Here is a brief description of the components of a mouthpiece.
Many beginning trumpet students are first given the Bach 7C (including me over 40 years ago). This is a kind of middle-of-the-road mouthpiece in terms of cup size and depth. In my case, I played this size mouthpiece for the first 5 years and then moved to a larger cup (Bach 1C) as my lips became heavier. In the years since, Iíve done a bit of experimenting with other mouthpieces but in the end came back to my trusty Bach 1C.
Personally, I donít recommend excessive experimentation unless you have really done your practicing and are extremely unhappy with your mouthpiece. The reality is that any alternative mouthpiece you try will have pros and cons associated with it. For example, a mouthpiece with a shallower cup may well make it easier to play in the upper register, but may also compromise your tone. Be particularly careful in terms of the cup diameter since, as I mentioned earlier, this is best viewed as your shoe size, based on the size and structure of your lips.
If you really feel you need to try other mouthpieces, please be patient when you do. It generally takes at least 2 months to fully adjust to a new mouthpiece and make an informed decision whether the new mouthpiece is a better choice.
Here are links to more information about the most popular brands of trumpet mouthpieces:Bach Trumpet Mouthpieces
Yamaha Trumpet mouthpieces
Schilke Trumpet Mouthpieces
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