Embouchure help?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by bavestry, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. bavestry

    bavestry New Friend

    Oct 5, 2013
    United States
    Is it normal to curl in the bottom lip and move the mouthpiece down (putting the lips higher up) a tiny bit to play higher notes? While practicing I like to look in the mirror and I look very strange a lot of times while I play higher notes, my bottom lip is pretty much gone. Would you suggest attempting to change my embouchure to fix this, if it's a problem?
  2. EdMann

    EdMann Mezzo Forte User

    Sep 20, 2007
    Los Angeles
    To me it was, but to someone else, that may be the ticket. Generally speaking I don't like to have my chops move much from register to register and mirrors just distract me. Daily battle of sorts.

  3. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Fortissimo User

    Nov 8, 2006
    Greenfield WI
    Why are you looking in a mirror?

    Most trumpet players, even if they deny it, play with the upper lip over the bottom a hair or more.

    It's not a problem. Go spend some more time with your teacher and see what she says.

  4. mrsemman

    mrsemman Piano User

    Apr 8, 2010

    Regardless of whether you are taking lessons from a qualified teacher or not, what I believe you are describing is blowing "downstream" in the upper register. I find myself doing this sometimes, but I have been working on using the tongue arch and thinking "EEEE" or "AAWWW" which makes the tongue arch up and down for the pitch of a note.

    To answer your question, it does not matter what I or any one else does, it only matters that you have a comfortable embouchure; you can hit the notes correctly; and that you have the endurance to perform. have a picture on my desktop, that was taken last Christmas when our band played at a local church; and depicts the four trumpet players in the section. Each one has a mouthpiece set differently. Two of the trumpet players are professionals, and they both had different embouchures.

    Hope this helps.

  5. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

    Dec 22, 2008
    If it works and it's not hurting your chops from too much pressure I wouldn't be too concerned. If you have an overbite you'll tend to go that way anyway.

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