Too Much Pressure!?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by LSN1052, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. s.coomer

    s.coomer Forte User

    Mar 25, 2005
    Indianapolis, In
    When we apply pressure as you have described, we are defeating our purpose. The lips have to vibrate more to play high. The more we press the more we are keeping the lips from vibrating by confining them and limiting what our corners can do. The less pressure the better chance we have for our corners to tighten and lips to vibrate. My advice is work with your private teacher and stop using such excessive pressure. If you are going to press then press on the bottom. All you need on top is just enough pressure to seal the lips to the mouthpiece.

    MTROSTER Piano User

    Jan 25, 2007
    It sounds as if you're using tooo much pressure and can permanently damage your lip. Often these injuries are irreversible and then you're in big trouble. Try relaxing and try using Chopsaver lip balm to effect a better seal. I use it at times and it works.:shhh:

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