I’ve had a ton of questions emailed to me over the years about all the mouthpieces I have reviewed. Some of the typical questions are:
-How do I switch to different mouthpieces so often?
-How do I know what reeds to use?
-Why do I choose the ligatures I do?
-How do you know if a mouthpiece is for you or not?
-How long do you need to play on a mouthpiece to make a decision on it?
I could probably come up with one hundred more………..
Instead of typing all this information out on my blog here, I decided to make a video where I talk about what I have learned over the year about trying out different saxophone mouthpieces. I share some stories from my journey to illustrate some points. The video is in 3 parts and I hope you find it beneficial. If you have any questions about the videos or if you think of anything that I forgot to cover……feel free to let me know in the comments below. (I can add more videos in the future to answer other questions) Thanks, Steve
Sax Mouthpiece Trial Tips-Part 1
-In part 1, I talk about the history of my mouthpiece reviews, how the site has helped people, you have to spend some hours on a mouthpiece to see what it can do, the importance of using new reeds on a new mouthpiece, the importance of having a variety of reed strengths and brands to try on the new mouthpiece, the importance of reed position, the effects of raising the reed or lowering it and correctly positioning it………..
Sax Mouthpiece Trial Tips-Part 2
-In part 2, I talk about lining the reeds up with the tip of the mouthpiece, the affects of the ligature position and tightness on the reed and mouthpiece, getting used to how a mouthpiece blows with your air and voicing, going from a smaller tip to larger tip, working on air support for larger tips, voicing positions are different on different mouthpieces, I share a bunch of stories to illustrate my points, the difficulty of jumping from a high baffle mouthpiece to a link style mouthpiece, the magic moment when you feel like you are one with your equipment, the effect of embouchure and how to change it to get the most out of a mouthpiece……..
Sax Mouthpiece Trial Tips-Part 3
-In part 3 I continue to talk about the effect of embouchure and how to change it to get the most out of a mouthpiece, experimenting with the amount of mouthpiece you put in your mouth, the importance of air support in playing a new mouthpiece, the difficulty of jumping from a Guardala type mouthpiece to a link type mouthpiece, how your voicing can change between mouthpieces, intonation tips, tips on what to do with your cork when trying mouthpieces with different bore sizes and the feelings that come with buying different mouthpieces.