I'm a sousaphone a Sousphone player and I currently play on a schilke 69c4 but my chops are getting tired too fast so i was looking for a comfortable mouthpiece to play on and i came across the LOUDmouthpiece i always wanted one....so i needed a slightly wider mouthpiece than my 69c4 because i havd large lips but im stu k between the Lm6,10,and 12 but i do not know what to choose and i need help 

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be simple and use a regular 24 Bach Mouthpiece..  that's all i can tell you/.

If you are looking at LOUD mouthpieces... For a overall good sound go with the LM 6. For volume go with the LM 12.

I also recommend the bach 24

After thinking about your post for a second, I’ve realized that I did not answer your question about fatigue. Before I begin, when you stated that “your chops get tired too fast”, what exactly do you mean by that? Is it

  1. The embouchure muscles are getting tired



  1. Your lips are tingling and you are noticing swelling

Either way these issues may be related how (or if) you warm up, the amount of pressure you place on your face while playing loud, and lastly equipment.

Make sure you warm up well before marching band rehearsal. This will require you to get to rehearsal early. Different tuba player warm up differently; you have to find what works for you.

What I do is…

Long tones- I usually start at low Bb, take a full breath and play each note at about a mezzo forte (mf) (below the staff) and go down chromatically to pedal E. (123) If you got the range, go down to pedal Eb (0), pedal D (2) etc.  This is assuming you are doing this on a 3 valve sousaphone. (5 mins)

Lip slurs- I make up different exercises to work on flexibility and range. (Both high and low) Make sure the transitions of each note are seamless. (no bump) (5 mins)

Low etudes or exercises- I use the Low Etudes by Phil Snedecor but you can take your favorite melody and play it in the pedal register. (5 mins)

Lastly, you should be aware if you are changing you embouchure to play loud or putting pressure a lot of pressure on your face. These two factors can wear your chops out quickly. What determines volume on the tuba (and any brass instrument) is the amount of air you can put through the horn on a given note. (More air, more volume)

If all these things do not give you the results you are looking for… please refer to my earlier post.

is it easy play

ing on the LM-6

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