Lip Piercing and Playing

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by irishcornetboy, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. irishcornetboy

    irishcornetboy Pianissimo User

    Oct 16, 2008
    Not sure if this quite related enough to trumpet playing to go in this forum but: If i get a lip piercing is it going to affect my playing? No one I've talked to knows and I want to know if it will before I get it done. So does anyone out there in the Internet know or should I just be the test subject :-P?
  2. willbarber

    willbarber Piano User

    Nov 22, 2008
    Medina, NY
    I'd assume it'd leak if you had a lot of air pressure, but I'm pretty sure one of our tuba players has his lip pierced, so I'm not sure.

    Then again, tuba is a different beast than trumpet.
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    I am sure that it does. Our faces, and especially the lips are full of nerves, some of which are killed by the piercing process.

    My sister in law is a reflex zone specialist, the ears for instance have contact points that affect other parts of the body, as do the feet. The lips probably do too.

    In any case, it is not our problem. You will never know the difference anyway. If you like the statement that you are making, then that is just part of the experience. My recommendation is not to.
  4. Pete

    Pete Piano User

    Nov 17, 2007
    Why would you want to do that? As trumpet players, we have metal against our faces for long periods of time as it is. Possible infection, constant abrasion, etc. Trumpet players are cool enough with out the body piercings.
  5. irishcornetboy

    irishcornetboy Pianissimo User

    Oct 16, 2008
    hmm Thanks guys. That's pretty much what i was thinking too. I won't get it done. It definately wouldnt be worth any loss in playing ability
  6. Peter McNeill

    Peter McNeill Utimate User

    Jan 30, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    Smart thinking. Too risky.
    Get a tatoo instead :)

  7. UgoSolari

    UgoSolari New Friend

    Nov 10, 2009
    boulder, colorado
    I heard that Maynard Ferguson had both of his lips pierced and this is what gave him his incredible range.

    Seriously, getting your lip pierced would be a self-inflicted muscle injury which would make playing much more difficult.
  8. Big Daddy

    Big Daddy Mezzo Piano User

    Mar 22, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    I was a freshman in High School in 1979 and I saw my first facial piercing (nose) on a girl in my class and it was quite odd to see. Today it's odd to be an artist and not have one whether in view or not. I would stay away from the lip piercing if only because you do play the trumpet.
  9. walldaja

    walldaja Pianissimo User

    Feb 25, 2008
    Kokomo, IN
    You'd be better off getting a new set of finger buttons for your horn then messing with your lip!
  10. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    Back in my day, having long hair/facial hair made a statement. Later, having short hair/no facial hair made a statement.

    After that, having tatoos made a statement. Even later, piercings.

    I'm curious what the next wave of mutilations might bring!

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