Bottoming Out

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Cristian, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. Cristian

    Cristian New Friend

    Sep 9, 2012
    Can someone tel me exactly what this is, I hear so many different things from different people, thanks.
  2. D.C. Al fine

    D.C. Al fine Banned

    May 8, 2012
    When using a mouthpiece that is shallow and your lips swell while using it. That causes your lips to touch the cup of the mouthpiece therefor halting the vibration of your lips.
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  3. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    D.C. Al fine almost has the answer, or at least 50% of it. Bottoming out occurs when there is too much elbow pressure that forces your lips to protrude into the volume of the mouthpiece cup. Such then will either prevent your upper lip from vibrating or plug the mouthpiece and stop the air completely. Such is more common with the shallower mouthpieces but in the extreme can happen with any.

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