Crooked embochure?

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  1. youngswede

    youngswede New Friend

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    Hi everyone, new to this site but I'm liking it!

    My embochure is crooked-when i play, the right-hand corner of my mouth is higher than the left and further out towards my cheek-i'm "smiling" more with the right half of my mouth than the left...
    What's more I can feel that the embochure of my right corner is better than my left-tighter, stronger and playing better! My teeth aren't crooked or anything like that. All in all I think I'm playing worse with a crooked embochure. Can anyone suggest a few exercises for straightening my embochure and getting it symmetrical? perhaps i should try one of those PETE things?

    My general practice routine is long notes, breathing, flowing air, then a few scales and exercises but pretty quickly onto the day's work.

    thanks
     
  2. SmoothOperator

    SmoothOperator Mezzo Forte User

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    I used to have similar problems using one side of the face more than the other.

    For me it was a coordination problem. It was mentally easier to hold one side still and flex and relax the other. I would fall into that pattern especially if I were mentally tired. Now for the most part I don't really relax the muscles as much so I don't have to think about it.
     
  3. Jerry Freedman

    Jerry Freedman Piano User

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    Trumpet playing is not a beauty contest. Not a lot of players play dead center. I think that Byron Stripling has a one sided cheek puff and he plays fine. Worry about your sound, your articulation, your endurance, all the things that count. There is probably a reason that trumpets are usually sitting in the back row
     
  4. kingtrumpet

    kingtrumpet Utimate User

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    I used to play off to the left side of my mouth -- eventually I reached a plateau in my playing. I switched to the center, and repositoined it there.

    to be honest -- it was dreadfully awful to do that, and I sucked for a year --- but at 45 and a comeback player -- looking back -- it was the best thing I ever did --- to straighten that issue out when I was young, and could bounce back faster then.
    good luck in whatever your decision is.
     
  5. youngswede

    youngswede New Friend

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    Thanks for the thoughts. I know it's not about beauty-my teacher plays crooked, because of his teeth, but he's very good.

    But I think it is affecting my playing having one side tighter than the other. Can anyone suggest some exercises that are not to demanding to perhaps relax my playing and I can concentrate on just allowing my embochure to sort itself out?
     
  6. tobylou8

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    Try the pencil exercise (find it on You tube). Just don't overdo it. You can also find a soda straw with as small a bore as possible and do the pencil exercise AND blow at the same time. Again, just don't overdo it. It's not a contest. Properly done, it takes less than 5 minutes. :play:
     
  7. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

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    +1 ha ha!! Roflrofl
     
  8. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

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    I do believe a lot of players get into the habit of a crooked embouchure simply from looking at their music at an extreme angle, as in sharing. Teachers, please try and correct this among your students at the onset ! Really, P.E.T.E. will do little to correct this.
     
  9. gzent

    gzent Fortissimo User

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    Significant changes in one's embouchure should not be made without the direction of a qualified trumpet instructor giving you weekly (at least) lessons. The risk of ruining what you have is too great to attempt it yourself, especially if you are a young player with only a few years of experience.

    I (ignorantly) did this the summer after my 10th grade because I noticed my mouthpiece was right of center on my
    lips. My playing suffered greatly for over a year. Don't try it alone like I did.

    Greg
     

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