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    • #24992
      kenosis
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      Hi all,

      I am an avid follower of the WW MTM approach and I have noticed that I have to work more diligently to adhere to the precepts when I plan on my Wedge high-compression mp than when I use a more open mp. While the Wedge by design produces a more complete sound (meaning it seems to allow more frequencies to pass resulting in a smoother sound), the high-compression aspect tends to make me work harder to maintain my “concert hall” due to the increased backpressure. I can see pros and cons to this but before sharing my observations I’d be curious if any of you all have informed opinions on the topic WRT MTM.

      Thanks,

      Ken

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      PHK
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      HI. Interesting point this. I have been playing on larger mouthpieces but have been recommended a smaller piece by a friend and it does help. I am now working about 3C size. However, I have never been able to play on shallow mouthpieces. I tried a Marcinkiewicz Shew 2 some years ago and found my endurance disappeared and on one quintet gig I had to play the last 10 minutes on a Flügel as the chops had gone. Since doing MTM for over two years, and still realising how I am still way off getting pure process, I am starting to experiment with the Shew and find I can play it across the register with a break around A above the stave. If I then back off and focus on the aperture the lower lip seem to roll out and it becomes easy to play above the stave for a short time. I even played 3 octaves chromatic C-C last week. The more I focus on the early stages of the course the more this seems to work.As my playing is focused on the middle register in a jazz combo I do not really need that register but it is nice to have the option.
      Paul

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