Moist or dry mouthpiece

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Blind Bruce, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. Sofus

    Sofus Forte User

    Jul 26, 2008
    It seems to me that there are two lip areas that
    need to be defined as well as maybe kept apart:

    * the outer area in contact with the rim
    * the inner area that is vibrating

    Maybe these two areas should be discussed separately?

    The air that we exhale contains water. This has always
    been enough for me. I need to keep my playing simple,
    and thinking about licking lips all the time is nothing I´d
    like to add to my playing. My inner area is wet enough
    that way.
    I also have a moustache, and sealing against the rim with
    wet, outer area hasn´t been a need so far. In my case the
    moustache is in contact with the rim, and the sealing off
    is still good enugh. There also are those who think that a
    wet, outer area makes the mp slide around to much.
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2009
  2. Spideriffic

    Spideriffic New Friend

    Aug 16, 2009
    Plainview, NY
    Interesting discussion. I've always licked the mouthpiece before playing, can't imagine playing any other way. It's also what I tell all my students. My theory is that when you move between registers, your lips must move under the pressure of the mouthpiece to close down or relax the aperture. The moisture makes that easier to do. Of course, I've struggled with high register my whole life, so I could be wrong. However, I don't think that the wet mouthpiece has anything to do with my range problems. I know some of you may comment on my use of the word "pressure". I'm not advocating heavy pressure, just enough to make the airtight seal.
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Wet means that there is a "lubricant" between the lips and mouthpiece. Dry means that you have more of a "set". Neither helps nor hurts range. Muscles in the face, tongue use, body tension and breath support create or kill range.

    Most of the players that I know that play dry have issues in winter.
  4. Al Innella

    Al Innella Forte User

    Aug 9, 2007
    Levittown , NY
    Some play wet ,some play dry, I play with a wet embouchure and have no problems with range or endurance, the only problem that I've noticed in players who play dry ,is that they were constantly wiping their lips to keep them dry.
  5. dhbailey

    dhbailey Piano User

    Jul 28, 2009
    New Hampshire
    I was surprised at the ITG convention in Harrisburg, in one of the morning warm-up sessions (wish I could remember which one), that the woman who was helping to present made a very strong statement telling everybody to play with a wet embouchure.

    As a trumpet player, I play with a wet embouchure, but I would never tell someone else they had to do what I do. As a teacher, if a student is playing dry and is having problems with flexibility, I suggest they try licking their lips or their mouthpiece. If a student is playing wet and the mouthpiece keeps sliding around or the lips slide out of the mouthpiece, I suggest that they try playing dry.

    It's entirely a personal matter -- whatever works is what's right for you.

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