Materials you needs (besides mouthpieces):
· Protective patches (to prevent teeth marks)
· Sanitizing spray and soft cloth, preferably cotton or micro fiber (tissues are not acceptable)
· Extra reeds
Materials the student needs:
· His or her instrument
· NEW reeds
** Reeds that are already broken-in often conform to the old mouthpiece and may not play well on a new mouthpiece.
Mouthpiece testing tips
· Important note: When trying a new mouthpiece, a student should NOT play sheet music. Instead, he or she should play from memory.
Something simple – a scale or even part of a scale is fine, so long as it covers the entire range of the instrument (crossing the break for clarinetists)
When testing a mouthpiece consider three things:
1. How does it sound?
- Is it round and warm
- Is it too bright
2. How does it feel?
- Are you comfortable playing this mouthpiece?
3. Is it in tune?
- If the student wishes to look at multiple mouthpieces, they should try no more than three at a time. It helps the student stay focused. When the favorite of the three has been selected, exchange the two others for more (if desired).
- If the student sounds better but you feel the sound could even be better, try different reed strengths to see if you can close in on the desired sound.
- Clean each mouthpiece before a different student tries it.