Carmex before playing.

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  1. rettepnoj

    rettepnoj Fortissimo User

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    I played with the lead trumpeter from the Norwegian "Dancing with the Stars" tonight, and she can't play without using Carmex. She also use it a lot during the concert! I lose all my vibrations and can't make a single tone with that stuff on my lips. Any of you using Carmex or such before playing?
     
  2. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    I use it only as a warm down (on rare occasions). I've known some tuba players who really smear a bunch on before they play.
     
  3. chaser2013

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    I use chapstick before and sometimes during concerts. Mostly because I actually have dry lips, not specifically to help play. I haven't really noticed much of a difference, except that it kind of warms up my mouthpiece.
     
  4. kingtrumpet

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    I use Carmex during the day (for UV protection and to keep my lips in good shape) -- I don't use it at all during playing!!
     
  5. patkins

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    Nah. Only if I have chapped lips.
     
  6. jiarby

    jiarby Fortissimo User

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    I am a carmex junkie.... when playing I apply it, then wipe it off, leaving a "dry" coat.
    I mix mine 50-50 with burts bees. It is a little waxier, but still carmexy.
     
  7. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

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    Like in Chris Botti's said in an interview when asked if he uses chap stick... nothing comes between my lips and my trumpet (except for maybe a beautiful blonde flute player). A' natural lip balm is my motto.
     
  8. bachfella

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    Never use the stuff. The main brass prof at my college used to give tubes of something called Lip Ade to all of us brass players, but I quickly stopped using it. Nothing against the professor--he was a great player and teacher, and a very nice man, but I just don't see the need to put something like that on my lips before I play.
    I do wet my lips, however.

    I should add that the turning point for me concerning using the Lip Ade was when a trombone player I'd known and respected since high school said, "That stuff (my word--he used one with 4 letters) will only soften your lips to the point where you need it!!" In other words, to the point where I couldn't get along without using it. I believe my trombone-playing friend is right.
     
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2012
  9. turtlejimmy

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    Natural lip balm, this is what I use. It's really cheap at my local store and has hemp as an active ingredient. It's great stuff, I use it at the end of each practice session and the end of the day. If I've overdone it, it stings ever so slightly, letting me know it's repairing something. I don't use it when I'm playing.


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  10. Conn-solation

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    I use Lipsyl or Chapstick especially during our dry winter weather and use it sometimes during practices, rehersals and concerts. I do find it helps when my mouth gets dry after a long play session.
     

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