Wet or dry lips!

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by andredub, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. Brad-K

    Brad-K Piano User

    250
    88
    Jun 18, 2011

    OOPS! I just licked a bowl clean, after eating ice cream out of it. :oops:
     
  2. tpsiebs

    tpsiebs Piano User

    384
    46
    Feb 6, 2010
    Randolph, New Jersey
    Ask your clarinet or sax playing friends to play on a dry reed. They can do it but will fight it all the way. Then ask them to wet the reed and try again.
    Use your ears and ask yourself what was more comfortable to listen to.
     
  3. Mark_Kindy

    Mark_Kindy Mezzo Forte User

    875
    202
    Jul 11, 2010
    Gainesville, FL
    Our lips have fluid in them already; wood is not naturally flexible unless moist.
     
    kingtrumpet likes this.
  4. patkins

    patkins Forte User

    1,732
    660
    Nov 22, 2010
    Tuscaloosa, AL.
    Since I have saliva I start playing rather dry, then my lips get wet. I'll use a hanky to wipe them off periodically to avoid slippage of the mouthpiece, or a natural tendency to press the mouthpiece to my lips too hard causing swelling. Frankly, it would seem more natural to have slight moisture but not excessive. At least it works for me.
     
  5. EdMann

    EdMann Mezzo Forte User

    746
    148
    Sep 20, 2007
    Los Angeles
    kinda dry upper, kinda wet lower. Sometimes I practice totally wet, just to see where that gets me. Usually to the papertowel rack.

    Experimenting with it is half the fun.

    ed
     
  6. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    18,119
    9,285
    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    I just use the chops the good Lord gave me for that day. That has always worked will for me.
     
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2012
  7. hhsTrumpet

    hhsTrumpet Piano User

    297
    41
    Dec 3, 2011
    California
    I wet my lips before i play, but I wipe my lips after I play for a bit and a few times after that.
    Would you call this wet or dry?
     
  8. melza

    melza Pianissimo User

    164
    24
    Mar 12, 2010
    Australia
    I usually have wet lips , It just feels easier to play for me.
     
  9. the newbie

    the newbie Pianissimo User

    161
    25
    Jan 27, 2011
    San Francisco
    dry on the outside, wet on the inside.
     
  10. codyb226

    codyb226 Banned

    2,660
    354
    Mar 9, 2011
    Florida, US
    I would say dry. You wipe it off and play with out licking them.
     

Share This Page