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Mouthpieces For Each Stage of Your Career

Friday, February 16th, 2024

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.

 

Jon Whitaker | Finding a Balanced Mouthpiece

Friday, January 26th, 2024

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.

Making a Custom Mouthpiece for Jemmie Robertson

Friday, December 22nd, 2023

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.

 

Explaining Compression

Saturday, November 18th, 2023

Christan walks us through what compression means and what affects it. Keep your questions coming and until then enjoy this video.

 

Chris Bassett’s Secrets to Success

Wednesday, November 8th, 2023

Sitting down with Santa Fe Opera bass trombonist and acting bass trombone in the St. Louis Symphony I talked to Chris about his auditioning process from school to his professional career and what his tips are for that process. We also discuss what’s coming up next and you’re not going to want to miss it!

 

The Design Process of a Mouthpiece

Wednesday, October 18th, 2023

Christan is working on designing a new line of mouthpieces for Getzen Company’s Eterna Series. In this video he goes into detail about his thought process and why he makes the decisions he makes when designing a mouthpiece.

 

 

Bowman Mouthpieces

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

The past two years we’ve prepared for this moment. Dr. Brian Bowman’s mouthpieces are now available through all of your Griego Mouthpiece Dealers. If you know of a Dealer that carried Bowman mouthpieces before but is not a Griego Dealer, no problem. Have them contact us at sales@griegomouthpieces.com to get set up.

USPS Shipping during Covid Crisis

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

We wish our customers nothing but health during these current times.  Due to the pandemic that is going around the world we are currently unable to ship to the following countries.

 

Please view the link before making your purchases.  We appreciate your business and can not wait for things to be back to normal.  Please support your local brick and mortar stores that are Griego Dealers.

 

See you sometime in the future.

 

Christan Griego

 

 

Holiday Recovery

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

Welcome back, your instrument says as you open the case.  It’s been a couple of weeks because you took off to go visit the family for the holidays.  After cleaning and relubing old trusty “it’s time to practice” you tell yourself.

 

This is the point where I put the instrument down.  I grab my rim or mouthpiece and head to the piano.  Slowly I buzz long tones getting my face warmed up with equal pressure N, S, E, and W.  I remind myself that after time off it’s a good time to evaluate everything and slowly build back into the “normal practice routine”.

 

It generally takes me nine days to get back into normal playing shape and I don’t rush it.  I treat my facial muscles like I would any other in my body.  You wouldn’t take 2-3 weeks off of jogging, weight lifting, bike riding, yoga, or cricket and expect to immediately go back to that activity where you left off.

 

Don’t disrespect your face and rush back into a heavy workload, ease back into it and you’ll be a better healthier player because of it.    Every day I build from the previous day until I’m comfortable with the workload and practice time that I need to stay in shape.  Everyone’s idea of “in shape” is different of course so remember that and do what your body needs.

 

The other option is to take your instrument with you on your holiday break, with your practice mute,  and just keep your face on.

Just a thought,

 

I’ll do that next year……

Midwest Recovery Post

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

Chicago this time of year is tough.  It’s cold and the wind seems to tear through your body when you step outside.  We setup the booths on Tuesday morning starting after 8am and we’re normally done by 2pm.  We have people arriving all day and we get our schedules organized for the exhibit booth starting at 9am on Wed-Friday.

 

It’s not tough work per se, it’s more the standing on your feet and the constant barrage of sound hitting your ears that makes you exhausted.  Jonathan over in the Yamaha booth lost his voice from all of the yelling over the noise.  Personally my voice survived, but is still a bit ragged 3 days later.

There were a ton of people that visited our booth to try instruments and Griego Mouthpieces.  It was nice to hear people play and help them find mouthpieces that fit their instrument better than what they were on before the show.

 

Marshall Gilkes and I did a tongue and cheek video on how to test instruments at the event.  While it was meant to be funny, the more I thought about it I think it wasn’t all a joke.  You should play something articulate like la gazza ladra, something legato like rochut or bolero, and even Tuba Mirum.  Some people thought we were making fun of them, but it’s not, it’s making fun more of the environment and many interesting conversations we have.

 

You need to make sure your equipment can play these different styles so while our video was tongue and cheek, it may have been more serious than we meant it to be.    Hope everyone out there has a great and safe holiday season.  See you in January.

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