Cheek puffing the upper register

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  1. Emi

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    I have a tendency to puff my cheeks when I play anything above a C above the staff. I try to keep them from doing that, but I can't stop them from doing it completely. My band director said I could hurt my face doing such things, and I shouldn't be venturing into that territory in brass player, being a trombone player. Opinions? tips? I'd love to hear it.
     
  2. kingtrumpet

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    Check out "Trombone Shorty" --- a fairly decent trombone and trumpet player -- ask your band director how come "Trombone Shorty" has gigs everywhere, is great at both instruments, but still puffs his ckeeks out
     
  3. tobylou8

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    Some folks do and most don't. It's generally frowned upon as being "wrong".
     
  4. Tjnaples

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    If you begin your embouchure with a pucker or saying "err" you're way less likely to have your cheeks do that silly stuff. That and don't let them! :play:
     
  5. rowuk

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    Let's look at the basics, we blow up a balloon when we have more air pressure than the balloon can hold back.

    With the face it is no different. If the chops/facemuscles are weak, the air pressure will blow them up. Now it is ALSO entirely possible that your embouchure is messed up and that you use arm pressure which clamps off the air, if the air can't go anywhere something has to give.

    No one over the intenet can tell you for sure what you are doing wrong, but I'll bet that it is both of the above.

    The solution is a daily routine that teaches you to minimize armstrong and builds face muscles. I teach this with longtones and lipslurs!

    Puffing the cheeks is generally regarded as wrong as it changes the geometry of the embouchure in an unpredictable way.
     
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    If he damages his buccinator muscles, it'll be bad.
     
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    You mean like Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong ???? - they puffed cheeks --- of course they couldn't SING very well
     
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