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.
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.