Chase Sanborn is an engaging modern jazz trumpet voice with a warm, inviting tone, fluid lyrical phrasing, and a style that always swings. He exhibits the cultivated sensibility of a player at the peak of his powers.
Music Business Tactics is an easy and enjoyable read that provides sound, practical advice. If you are an aspiring musician, or you know one, get this book! You need this information!
Chase Sanborn goes right to the heart and soul of the music. His performance was an inspiration to hundreds of festival participants, and his positive and upbeat outlook made a lasting impact on our students
Jazz Tactics presents the material in such a clear and simple way, with the vitality and spirit of a live teaching session. This method speaks to all musicians, regardless of age and previous experience.
Chase addresses the needs of developing musicians in a manner that is understandable and relevant. My students were thrilled to work with someone who understands their learning curve.
Tuning Tactics teaches you to listen. In just a short time, I've witnessed strong improvement in my students' awareness. Tuning Tactics makes good intonation attainable for all!
Chase Sanborn has a natural gift for engaging and involving an audience. He shares a wealth of honest and knowledgeable information about music and the music business.
Brass Tactics offeres authoritative instruction balanced with sage and homely advice. It shows you how to handle yourself in any professional or amateur situation. No trumpet player should be without this book!

The Mouthpiece


The mouthpiece creates the crucial connection between body and instrument, transferring vibrations from your lips to the horn. Finding a mouthpiece that is a good fit for your body can make a big difference in the ease with which you play the instrument.

The rim is the point of contact, and will have the greatest effect on the comfort of the player. The two variables are the width and the shape of the rim; some are more rounded, others are more flat. Manufacturers employ a number to specify the rim width. Some manufacturers use a higher number to specify a larger cup; some use a smaller number, based on Vincent Bach’s original system. You’ll need a comparison chart to compare a mouthpiece from one manufacturer to another. Still, that’s only a starting point; you’ll have to see how they feel on your lips to really know the difference.

Cup volumes are specified by a letter; usually the further down the alphabet, the smaller the cup. (‘B’ is larger than ‘C’). Or, a manufacturer may use specific designations such as MS for medium-shallow. Larger cups may produce a deeper, more resonant tone, but make it harder to create the fast vibrations needed for high notes. Smaller cups typically produce a brighter sound, and may make it easier to play higher notes.

The throat and backbore affect the blow resistance of the mouthpiece. Some players try to improve a mouthpiece by drilling out the throat. I do not recommend this. The result is unpredictable, and you destroy a carefully calculated balance determined by the mouthpiece maker. For determined do-it-yourselfers, make sure you have a spare, in the rather likely scenario that you make things worse, rather than better, with your Black & Decker.

Mouthpieces are usually made from brass, plated with silver or gold. Gold generally feels smoother on the lips, although some players find it too slippery. Some mouthpieces are made from plastic, which will not feel as cold on the lips when playing outside.

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