Definitely. If you've done your work, then upgrading to a good mouthpiece can help you make a quantum leap forward. When I got my Fobes (San Francisco model, RR facing), it was as though I was playing a new instrument. Everything that I'd been trying to do, the concepts I'd been working through and the lines I could almost play all started happening in a major way.Roger Aldridge said:I agree with Dirty that simply a different mouthpiece may not solve all of your issues. Bass Clarinets can have their share of mechanical problems. A lot of shedding is needed too. The bass clarinet is not an instrument that one can simply pick up and expect to be performance-ready. Dirty's advice about getting a decent foundation on bass clarinet before you spend big bucks on an expensive mouthpiece makes a lot of sense.
All of that said, I also agree with the message about Walter Grabner mouthpieces. When I got a Grabner LB bass clarinet mouthpiece it made a night and day difference for me. At the time I was playing an old Bundy stencil bass clarinet and had a lot of problems with it. The Grabner LB mouthpiece totally brought that old bass clarinet to life. Passages in the high range that were problematic on the Bundy immediately became a walk in the park. Amazing difference!
What equipment are you using? How long have you been playing? What experience do you have? Experience on other horns?Gigantor196652 said:Ill be quick
Good mouth Pieces?
My problem is hitting above the High G :space5:
and tech and tone
Ditto, and this comment really puts into perspective what I was trying to say earlier. FIND A WAY to make those notes speak with your current equipment. Don't worry about scales or passages or anything else, just FIND A WAY to make each note speak by itself. Then FIND A WAY to make each note speak better. It is possible, even with less than optimal equipment, to play up to two Cs above the staff (don't expect this right away -- work up to it). I wouldn't expect to glide effortlessly throughout this range, but you should be able to get the notes to speak. After you've honed your skills with your current equipment, you will truly be able to appreciate (and properly evaluate) any future upgrade in equipment (particularly mouthpieces).clarnibass said:Any note I can play on bass clarinet, I can play it with any mouthpiece. Some mouthpieces don't have the best sound I want, some don't have the best response, some have other problems, but none of them ever caused me to not being able to play notes!
No question; I agree. The key here is the foundation of proper embouchure, breath support, voicing, etc. "Lesser" equipment will often "force" a student to develop better fundamentals (in that only good fundamentals can overcome the limitations --- hence FIND A WAY), whereas optimal equipment is often more forgiving of poor technique. Better equipment can only be fully appreciated once these fundamentals are in place. (There are limits, of course! Awful equipment can "force" bad habits -- or worse, discourage a beginning player!)Gandalfe said:At the risk of sounding repetitive, assuming your bass clarinet is in good condition, which both of mine are, and assuming you are putting in the time to develop a nice bass clarinet embouchure, breath support, and voicing, the mouthpiece will play a big part of your playing experience and sound.