Looking at Pros' Embouchures

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by rockwell, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. rockwell

    rockwell Pianissimo User

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    I've been watching pros play on Youtube videos, paying attention to the various embouchures. The main variation seems to be whether the corners of the mouth are above, below, or even with where the lips come together on the mouthpiece. Another variation is whether the corners of the mouth are wider, narrower, or the same as when the player is not blowing.
     
  2. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

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    The embouchure you should be looking at is yours. ;-)
     
  3. rockwell

    rockwell Pianissimo User

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    Definitely. But it's interesting to look at others' and see the variations.
     
  4. tptshark

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    I have seen so many different embouchures producing great sounds that I stopped looking! ;)
     
  5. veery715

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    ACtually, unless there is a really good reason to do so, it is better to stay away from the mirror:-)
     
  6. rockwell

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    Probably good advice. :-P
     
  7. tobylou8

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    Especially if you have a face for radio!! :D
     
  8. gbdeamer

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    Depending on what you're looking at/for, I think there can be some value in looking at the way pro's setup their chops.

    A few years ago I was trying to really develop my high range (from high F to double C). I looked at LOTS of pictures and videos of great high-note guys and met with a couple of famous ones. I absolutely got more out of meeting one on one with the pro's, but the "research" I had done prior to those meetings really helped me to internalize the things that were discussed.

    That was a long-winded way of saying that while I wouldn't obsess over anyone's chops, I don't think there's any harm in looking for similarities with the way other successful people set up.
     
  9. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    The embouchure is only a very small part of what is going on. Don't forget, a pro has reduced excessive motion to a minimum. What isn't present any more is what you need to know!
     
  10. gbdeamer

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    That's actually one of the most glaring things that popped out of the videos. While there were lots of different setups, almost all of the top guys minimized movement. You can see pivot, but not much else.

    Like Doc here at 2:04:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF8scBG0iJs&t=2m4s
     
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