Lips and Trumpet

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by lostre, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. lostre

    lostre New Friend

    Jun 2, 2009
    Hi there

    I ve decided to learn trumpet.

    I have a question. Probably a silly one.

    Do the lips of a trumpet player change their shape
    after some years of strong practice? (

    And one more: if someone has problems with his chops due to
    orthodontic problems, will he find it difficult
    to play for a lot of time?

    Thank you and sorry for my poor english
  2. SpiritDCI08

    SpiritDCI08 Piano User

    Feb 11, 2009
    Fort Campbell, KY
    First, this is no such thing as a "silly" question. I "silly" question is one that went unasked.

    If you may? What kind of orthodonic problems?

    If you have braces your fine, you'll just find it alittle hard to adjust once they're off.
  3. Sofus

    Sofus Forte User

    Jul 26, 2008
    Hi, Iostre!

    Great! So have I! It´s A LOT of fun!!

    Feel welcome with it! Probably NOT!!

    Yes, at least my have. They are much more muscular now.
    On some trumpeters a weird shape can be seen, probably
    due to excessive lip pressure . . .

    It very much depends on the problem. I have no experience of this
    (lucky to have good teeth) but the topic is regularely discusswed in
    the forum. Usually questions about braces are asked.
    Send a private message to SolarBell. He had problems with his teeth
    (it´s official; he´s told us all in here) and his determination to get
    playing again would inspire just ANYONE!!
  4. ChopsGone

    ChopsGone Forte User

    Jan 26, 2009
    Northern California
    If the orthodontic problems are due to braces, a number of products are available to provide a cushion between the hardware and the chops. Google "BraceGard" or "Brace Guard" for starters. Some come in kits which allow the user to mold them to fit without professional assistance.
  5. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Turning into a trumpeter changes your whole body! The muscles in your face develop, warming down with a beer changes the diameter of your support. Deep breathing improves your posture.
    My students with braces get that under control in 1-6 weeks.
  6. Bachstul

    Bachstul Mezzo Forte User

    Jan 25, 2009
    My first trumpet player always seams to "clamp" his lips shut when finished speaking. It hasn't gotten him one of those handicap parking permits, however.
  7. Blind Bruce

    Blind Bruce Pianissimo User

    Apr 17, 2009
    Winnipeg Canada
    Rowuk, your statement about beer intrigues me. What is a warm down? Will Canadian beer work as well as German?
  8. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    that depends on how and what you play. When I play my German notes, beer is fine. Country and Western needs Jack Daniels, Danish music a Gammeldansk, Austrian music ein Marillenschnaps or Weichsel, Salsa NEEDS tequila, but for Rock and Roll, plain water will do (to relieve the swelling). I am not sure what Canadian beer is good for, maybe when it is tough to decide between a French or English solo................
  9. willbarber

    willbarber Piano User

    Nov 22, 2008
    Medina, NY
    Canadian beer is only good for Canadian national anthem playing.
    Also for Little Brown Jug, traditional arrangement.

    On a slightly related note, my Grandpa used to make his own wine...
  10. lostre

    lostre New Friend

    Jun 2, 2009
    thank you all for your help and your time.

    My fear goes like this:

    my lips are big wet and have nice shape - i have not big idea
    for myself - i just like my lips because women like them.
    So, although i like trumpet, i wouldn't like to make my
    lips become thiner or ugly. I don't know. this does not concern
    music, maybe is vainness, but here is my inner thought.

    I will appreciate to be honest with me

    ps. i'm thinking now that if you like yourself
    or your image more than a music instrument
    maybe you don't know to love or you don't
    love "enough" this instrument. I don't know.
    waiting for your experience...

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