Embrochure postion

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  1. skankin'dan

    skankin'dan Pianissimo User

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    I tend to use the lower lip more than the top when playing, is there any dangers or something like that, or is it fine to do that?
     
  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    There is soooooooo much more to positioning the mouthpiece than % upper to lower. I have seen 1/3 - 2/3 recommended, I use 50%/50%.
    Your teeth, jaw structure, tongue usage and mouthpiece size all are interrelated and it is impossible to analyse this over the internet.
    I feel it is important that the red part of the lips be COMPLETELY in the cup.
    If your teacher isn't good with embouchure, you need to get a couple of lessons with somebody that is. Only that 1 on 1 has a real chance for success!
     
  3. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    Charles Collins published a book called Chops that had photographs of many very fine players while playing. 3% max had "picture-perfect" placement and embouchures. If you can play great and wrong at the same time, don't worry!
     
  4. Tom Mac

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    Another good reference is the venerable Art of Brass Playing by Phillip Farkas.

    Farkas was a french horn player but a great teacher and lecturer.
     
  5. Jon Kratzer

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    I have to agree with Vulgano. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I know it's cliche but it's true. I play slightly off centre with well..honestly I don't know the percentage but it works for me, it's a natural set. However if you're being hindered by it, get together with a teacher and fix it.

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  6. mchs3d

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    Except in Louis Armstrong's case, he burst his lip open while playing in France!! If your embouchure gives you a good sound and doesn't hurt you, then it should be fine.
     
  7. John P

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    Louis was also severely overbooked :)
     
  8. TheApostlePaul

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    I think I use more top than lower. I wonder if that is wrong?
     
  9. Hardnut

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    If it works for you, it's not wrong!

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  10. skankin'dan

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    Thanks to everyone.:-)
     

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