Active vs Passive Players

Posted February 23rd, 2024 by Christan Griego in Tips | No Comments »

I’ve noticed there are two types of players, active and passive. Active=engaged, passive=relaxed. You will need to be both passive and active to an extent but successful professional players have learned how to remain passive throughout all registers. As always every player is different and has different needs, therefore will need different mouthpiece designs to have resonance and endurance during an entire performance.

Mouthpieces For Each Stage of Your Career

Posted February 16th, 2024 by Christan Griego in General, Tips | No Comments »

I sat down with Craig Mulcahy, Principal Trombone of the National Symphony Orchestra. We were able to take a look at what mouthpieces he played on depending on what position Craig had in the orchestra. We also discussed why Craig buzzes and how he does it. Everyone has their own opinions on mouthpiece buzzing and I love hearing all the different feedback.


Practice Rims | Why You Need Them

Posted February 9th, 2024 by Christan Griego in Tips | No Comments »

So many people have different opinions about buzzing vs not buzzing. We believe in buzzing and feel if done correctly, it can aid in increasing the beauty in your sound. We make individual mouthpiece rim sizes so that when you buzz it’s the same rim as the mouthpiece you play on, without the compression of the mouthpiece.

This rim tool strips away all the compression and allows you to hear exactly what the lips are doing. This practice tool can help you discover the muscle memory needed to stop missing the center of the notes. Once you are in the center of the pitch with a nice buzz you will be amazed at how much better your sound will become. Be very aware of body tension as this is the enemy of good sound. Try to get out of the way and relax so that what is happening is more natural.


Jon Whitaker | Finding a Balanced Mouthpiece

Posted January 26th, 2024 by Christan Griego in General, Tips | No Comments »

Sitting down with my good friend Jon Whitaker, Professor of Trombone and talented photographer, Jon brings up one of the key points when it comes to trying mouthpieces and trying to find the best one for you. Trying a mouthpiece for an extended time period is key-your mouth changes from your first note to after 30 minutes of playing. Understanding the components of a mouthpiece: rim shapes, cup diameters, throat sizes, the backbore, and the engagement, are all important when finding a mouthpiece that will work best for you.


Posted January 19th, 2024 by Christan Griego in Company News | No Comments »

I have been working a very, very long time on developing what I think will be the best travel ring. I wanted to develop something that wouldn’t alter the weight, resonance, and response in a way that it would affect the overall playability of the trombone. Starting off with just offering travel rings for Edwards and Getzen tenor and bass trombones. You can order a travel bell from Edwards directly or you can order your travel ring from Griego directly and have a local repair shop turn your current Edwards or Getzen bell into a travel bell. We are very excited about this and can’t wait to hear what the trombone community thinks!


Katie Thigpen | The U.S. Army Band

Posted January 13th, 2024 by Christan Griego in Tips | No Comments »

I sat down with tenor trombonist Katie Thigpen of The U.S. Army Band, Pershing’s Own”. It is a huge accomplishment to earn your spot in this band. Katie talks about what she looks for in a mouthpiece and what rim shape and cup diameters work best for her.

Making a Custom Mouthpiece for Jemmie Robertson

Posted December 22nd, 2023 by Christan Griego in General | No Comments »

The Associate Professor at the University of Florida and long time supporter of Griego Mouthpieces, Jemmie Robertson, recently worked with me on a new mouthpiece. From mapping his well used mouthpiece to the finished product, Jemmie is very happy with the end result. Jemmie’s biggest improvements are ease and consistency.


Discussing Rim Shape

Posted December 15th, 2023 by Christan Griego in Tips | No Comments »

As with every part of the mouthpiece, it is never an easy concept to explain and there are multiple factors to look at. The rim shape is personal to the players mouth shape and playing techniques. Learn what rim shape works best for your face shape through trial and error. But keep in mind, a mouthpiece may feel great for 5 minutes but won’t work for you during an hour long recital. If you’re testing mouthpieces be sure to really put it through its paces.


Mouthpiece Throats

Posted December 8th, 2023 by Christan Griego in Tips | No Comments »

In our attempt to break down all the complex components of a trumpet, trombone, and euphonium mouthpiece, we take a look at the throat of the mouthpiece. The throat in relation to the backbore has a lot to do with air flow. Restricting air flow too much will compress your sound, but overcompensating and going too big you won’t be able to play softly and resonant.

Take away? Teeny tiny baby steps to adjust the throat size to find the best fit for you.


Explaining Backbore

Posted November 27th, 2023 by Christan Griego in Tips | 1 Comment »

I sat down to go into further detail about mouthpiece backbore. What it is, what it does, and the effects changing a backbore can have on all mouthpieces. The sound comes from the cup and the throat but the flow of the air comes from the backbore. All key components when designing different mouthpieces for different playing styles, playing techniques, and players.