Whenever you make a change, you need to give yourself time to see it through. As everyone says, change does not happen overnight. So in music, if you are trying a new technique or some new equipment, in an attempt to improve your playing, give it some time - some real time. I am trying a new mouthpiece right now and was tempted to go back to what I knew. I could see some improvements in my range but was missing the flexibility and ease of tonguing that I had in the other mouthpiece. Because of this, I started switching mouthpieces faster than a Toronto commuter in rush hour and second guessing each choice. I finally went back to the one I had intended to give a try (the Al Kay Yamaha mouthpiece) and stuck with it for a while. Sure enough, my weaknesses on this mouthpiece started to improve and I am enjoying the benefits that I initially observed. So, change is never easy. Take that leap and give yourself some time to adjust when you land.
Dr. Michael Kearns
Musician, educator, husband, father, web designer ... my life is like a mosaic with each piece vying for my attention.