QUOTE(hammer action @ Nov 9 2011, 01:30 PM)
So, would a different mouthpiece improve my staccato? If so, how on earth do i know which one to buy as i've looked online and there's so many different ones! I've tried different makes/strengths of reeds from my usual Vandoren 3, but my staccato is still "soggy" and sounds "wooly". Any advice would be much appreciated thanks.
Hi Hammer Action
as a predominantly woodwind player, I can help a little. Mouthpieces help overall tone, similarly with reeds, but staccato is all about the tonguing. Single reeds tend to have a slightly wooly staccato due to the mechanics of the instrument. When I learnt to play flute, it improved my overall tonguing, but it wasn't until learning to play bassoon, that I learnt a really good staccato. I don't think you need to learn bassoon, but double reeds are easier to do staccato. Its all about stopping the airflow at the start and end of each note which is easier on a double-reed instrument.
My advice, is to practice various tonguing exercises which will improve your staccato no end, before investing in a new mouthpiece. The caveat to this is, if you want to improve the overall sound you make, then changing a mouthpiece is a good start!
Hope this helps.