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NAMM 2020

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

Griego Mouthpieces will be going to NAMM in Anaheim California with mouthpiece kits. We are sharing booth space with Getzen Instrument Company, and Edwards Instrument Company.

Many of you know that I’ve worked at Getzen/Edwards the past 21 years and built mouthpieces at GSI on the side. Griego Sound Inventions is what GSI stands for if you’re interested.

It’s been a crazy 17 years of making mouthpieces and we’re still having fun. Drop by and test the new mouthpieces.

If you know that your local dealer is going and you cannot, ask them to drop by and see if they will stock some Griego Mouthpieces so you don’t have to become a dealer and get into NAMM.

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.

New Oft Mouthpieces

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

Sometimes it takes me a while to get a new product up on the website. Part of it is that it takes time to get to the paypal buttons made, content written, and our webmaster updated to get all of the new products up.

The other side of the coin is that after developing a mouthpiece I want to make sure that it’s 100% ready and no changes need to be made before offering to you.

These Oft mouthpieces, for example , have been tested in BSO for the past year and we know they’re working the intended way. No alterations were needed for Toby on his last trip here. I know you don’t want to know all the details of manufacturing, but we do properly test all of our products in great length before putting them in the public eye.

Hope you love em.

Griego End of Year Hours

Monday, December 15th, 2014

We are shutting down December 15 through January 1st.

You will be able to find us at Midwest Band Convention this week in Chicago.

We have a lot to do to get ready for 2015, and so we ask that you purchase any last minute Christmas Gifts through our Stocking Dealers.

Plating: Sound Vs Feel

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Many people swear that gold plating sounds darker than silver plating. I am not sure that this is true, but I do know that gold is a lot softer on the chops. Not only is it softer but it is a bit more smooth and so many people find this comforting.

Personally I grew up playing on silver plate and so I continue to. I like the feeling it provides at the point of contact and know that gold plate leaves me feeling a bit insecure with the anchor point.

While I do not think that either plating changes the sound enough to quantify. I do think it is worth taking note of which surface your face prefers to come in contact with. It could be your changing mouthpieces due to the plating choice and not the mouthpiece itself. Maybe…

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