Smiling while playing

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  1. Roshoka

    Roshoka New Friend

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    Everyone I've listened to says to not smile while you play, but I'm wondering what is so bad about it. Does it really have any adverse short-term or long-term effects? Why do teachers say it is wrong to smile while you play?
     
  2. Vulgano Brother

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    Common thought is that the smile embouchure stretches the lips rather than compressing the lips. Easier to bruise with the smile, and a "thinner" sound. That said, there are plenty of good trumpeters that look like they are smiling when they play.
     
  3. Trumpeter3197

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    This. I also used to have this exact kind of embouchure whenever I played high or anything taxing, and it naturally went away as I practiced these exercises more and my chops got stronger. So it might be an indicator of weakness for some players.
     
  4. Honkie

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    Animal behaviorists have observed that smiling can be a way of signaling submission.
    (...not sure if that applies to the species Trumpeter Sapiens.) </insert smiley face here>
     
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  5. gmonady

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    Submission and trumpet playing are mutually exclusive events.

    I smile a lot when I finish playing, 'cause it makes me happy to play my horn.:D
     
  6. gmonady

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    So to the OP, I cannot judge if smiling while playing is a good or bad thing for you, but smiling after you finish playing and taking the horn away from your face, THAT'S a good thing.
     
  7. Vulgano Brother

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    Among primates smiling is a sign of threat and aggression. Beware of the smiling conductor....
     
  8. bamajazzlady

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    This is an invitation to injury.
     
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  10. kingtrumpet

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    back in the early 80's -- they taught the smile embouchure in my public school system. The smile embouchure in my opinion (will work) and will get everything the public school needs you to achieve in less than 8 years of music --- I do believe it limits range, flexibility, and endurance --- as it restricts bloodflow to your lips when they are stretched -------------------------------- that being said, I switched to More of a pucker embouchure in my senior year (1983) - and have never looked back and smiled!!!! -- but like GM, I now smile when I finish playing my trumpet!!!!
     

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