Playing with a flat chin

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  1. SophiaPetrillosBuddy

    SophiaPetrillosBuddy New Friend

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    Today, Dr. Lacey Powell came to work with our band, and he also helped with embouchure's. When he helped me, he told me to flatten my chin, and he held my chin down, which made my sound slightly better. Do any of you guys play with a flat chin? If so, can you guys give me some tips about it?
     
  2. Brad-K

    Brad-K Piano User

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    I've never heard of playing with a flat chin, but I know all about playing with a fat chin...I don't think that makes me sound any better, though.
     
  3. SophiaPetrillosBuddy

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    Well, it's more so playing with the chin slightly pulled back, and flat as well. What is a fat chin embouchure?
     
  4. EdMann

    EdMann Mezzo Forte User

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    Probably referring to the Farkas embouchure. There's a WHOLE lotta stuff to see about that everywhere on the Internet. It's actually just one of many embouchures. IMO, one's not better than another. If you sound better doing it, then it likely is a good thing!

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  5. Vulgano Brother

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    The flat chin helps with accuracy. Pedal tones, played in tune, are a low impact way to work the muscles involved.
     
  6. fraserhutch

    fraserhutch Mezzo Piano User

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    Is this akin to lowering your jaw when playing?
     
  7. Ed Lee

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    It's a bit like the Drill Sargeant's command of "Chin In" or a chin tuck, just a part of proper playing posture and very little effect on embouchure. No, it is not a roll of your head forward to lower your jaw.
     
  8. Vulgano Brother

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    This has absolutely nothing to do with a flat chin. Nothing. Na-da. Zilch.
     
  9. jengstrom

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    There is playing with a flat chin and there is playing with a tense chin. When I took lessons in HS from the local college teacher, he said to pull my chin down and tense it up. He used to tap my chin while I was playing to make sure it was hard. (I hated that.) The end result was that I bacame a very tense player.

    The lips inside the MP have to be relaxed and supple (not stretched) to vibrate easily. If your pulling the chin flat increases tension, especially tension inside the MP, you're going in the wrong direction IMHO.

    Flat = OK
    Flat because you are tensing up = Not OK

    -John
     
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