Braces & Playing a Wind Instrument:
- Article about Effects of Braces & Playing Wind Instruments www.amparents.org/braces/ (Or see below for PDF)
- Comfort Lip Shield/Bumper/Mouthguard for Musician's with Braces www.sweethomely.com/braces-comfort-lip-bumper-dental-orthodontic/
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Real Wood or Composite Wood Instruments:
- With any instruments made from wood users need to keep in mind weather and humidity when storing, playing, and cleaning. Any sudden changes or extremes can permanently damage the instrument.
- One option for controlling and monitoring humidity is a product called "dampit." Although not all instruments are specifically listed they can be used in other instruments.
- As a general rule, one individual reed will last about 6 hours of playing time, as long as it is not chipped, cracked, or ruined with soda or juice, etc. That means a student who has band for 1 hour a day, 5 days a week, would go through about one reed a week if they only played during band class. However, students should be practicing, at minimum, in 15 minute sessions, 3 different days, every week - MINIMUM.
- Where to purchase reeds: (Suggestions)
- Poppler's Music (In Store & Online): www.popplersmusic.com/products/accessories/woodwind-reeds
- Inspirations Christian Book Store (Grand Rapids): www.facebook.com/Inspirations-Christian-Bookstore-122889377762539/
- Groth Music: www.grothmusic.com/
- Ekroth Music: www.eckroth.com/c-14-woodwind-accessories.aspx
- West Music: www.westmusic.com/s/reeds
- Woodwind Brasswind: www.wwbw.com/Reeds.wwbw
- Music & Arts: www.musicarts.com/Reeds-Woodwind-Accessories1.mac
- Musician's Friend: www.musiciansfriend.com/reeds
- Schmitt Music: www.schmittmusic.com/band/products/accessories/
- Already opened boxes of reeds.
- Used reeds (this one I'm hoping is obvious!)
- Flavored/Colored reeds
- Super soft, or super hard reeds.
- Brass instruments all require mouthpieces to produce musical sounds.
- Each instrument has their own unique type of mouthpiece (some trombones and baritone/euphoniums can share)
- Small dents or other blemishes can be detrimental to student's playing.