Wet or dry lips... does it matter?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by _TrumpeT_, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. Eclipsehornplayer

    Eclipsehornplayer Forte User

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    I'm a wet embouchre guy.

    Lick lips, lick rim, place horn on face everytime!

    I don't know why I've just always been that way. I can't play dry; I've tried it just feels so un-natural.

    When not playing I keep my lips in shape with Good ole' Burts bees wax..

    As for desitin DEAR GOD MAN! :shock:

    I'm a father of three couldn't imagine putting that nasty putty on my face let alone my lips. :shock:
     
  2. dcbrown1

    dcbrown1 Pianissimo User

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    Okay...perhaps I'll be the most bizzare. Side embrochure...top lip dry...bottom lip wet. I find that the dry top holds things in place well...and the wet bottom allows for flexibility. Dave Brown
     
  3. Alex Yates

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    Yep. That is most certainly bizarre. :D
     
  4. scream machine

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    WOW, me too!
     
  5. dkelley

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    Well, I'm super wet. I slobber all over my lips and lick the mouthpeice. I find any dry spot to be disconcerting. I think it's because I have a lot of lip motion as I change notes. That may (I hope) go way as I refine by embouchure.

    I'd never heard of keeping one lip dry and the other moist before reading about it online a couple month ago! To each his/her own!!
     
  6. keigoh

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    I've been playing with a wet embouchure for a long time by licking my lips, but lately the corners of my lips are starting to crack from licking them with saliva too much... :-/
     
  7. Steve Works

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    As with all wind/brass instruments it's not a good idea to play with dry lips. You have less control and it's harder to produce sound.
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  8. Ed Lee

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    I use anhydrous lanolin on my lips, but only when I'm ready to sleep ... but then, I'm now also using a 2 liter feed of O2 via cannula. As for a saliva build up ... suck it and swallow it.
     
  9. Stefen

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    Have you considered looking at your tonguing action? the problem might lay there.
     
  10. gmonady

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    I don't play too wet or too dry... I play just right by licking my lips with my tongue between rests, the natural way, the way God designed us to do; therefore, the way God intended.

    By the way Keigoh, were do you keep coming up breathing life into these zombies. We should officially make you the TM archivist.
     

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