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FRANCK BICHON: how to choose a ligature

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FRANCK BICHON: how to choose a ligature

The process of choosing the ligature is extremely important.
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Each BG ligature provides a different sound for each moment

For a long time it was thought that the ligature was to maintain pressure against the mouthpiece. Nowadays, we know that this is false and that both the mouthpiece and the ligature vibrate, slightly and have an important role in the creation, projection and color of the sound.

Each BG ligature provides a different sound for each moment. Therefore, the process of choosing the ligature is extremely important.

Try different BG ligature models. It is important to remember that ligatures made out of synthetic leather are preferred when playing in small concert rooms, chamber music, bands and orchestra, etc...

On the other hand, metal ligatures are preferred when playing in big rooms, as a soloist, and during those times when you need more volume.

In addition, no matter the model, the presence of gold (plated gold) in the ligatures make the results even better.

Remember: All BG ligatures are handmade in France, under strict tolerances (weight, metal surface, design, etc ). All designs are registered.

HOW TO CHOOSE A LIGATURE

  1. Play music that you know well with your own ligature first to create your sound reference in the room where you are testing.

  2. Under the same conditions, change only one parameter or component at a time and test the new ligature for smoothness in transition between registers, consistent volume and its sound quality in the lower, middle, and upper ranges.

  3. At the same time, listen for the subtle differences when playing pianissimo and fortissimo passages.

  4. Test how easily you can play staccato.

  5. If possible, it is always better to play test with another player who knows your regular sound and can assist you to appreciate the following 3 key points: a-) How you feel while playing b.-) what you hear when you play and c.-) what the audience hears.

  6. Try various ligature models. Different types of ligatures meet differents requirements.

  7. Remember: “The best ligature is the one that fits you” -

    Franck Bichon.

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