Why Lip Size?

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  1. john7401

    john7401 Pianissimo User

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    When and why did it come around that, generally, thicker lipped people are better at low brass and thin lipped people are better at higher brass?
     
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  2. tobylou8

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    "Can-a-worms" kind of question but here goes. I've talked to many directors and they are always hurting for lower brass, and "everyone" wants to play trumpet. It may have evolved as a reason to get a kid to switch to lower brass. It is also more difficult, though not impossible, for large lips to learn on a tiny mpc such as the ubiquitous Bach 7C. Since mpc technology and general knowledge have increased regarding lip size/mpc configurations, hopefully this will one day be a non issue and viewed the same as doctors using leaches to "cure" people of blood disorders. Read this for more of this type of info from a real expert.

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  3. dlewis

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    We have had this talk before and it never turns out good
     
  4. larry tscharner

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    amen
     
  5. Phil986

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    It's nonsense. Look at John Faddis. On the other hand Raphael Mendez was rather thin lipped and did not frequent the extreme high register much. Each player becomes good at what they are attracted to and what they practice most.
     
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    This is a FOOLISH thread.

    I would advise everyone to ignore it.
     
  7. tobylou8

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    Hey, at least no ones calling others names yet!:lol: Dlewis and the rest are correct, it never ends up good.:shock:
     
  8. john7401

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    I'm not trying to start a war here or anything, I'm just wondering why this general thought process came up when there are people with thick lips that can play well and plenty high.
     
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  9. tobylou8

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    Read my first post. Many directors I've talked to give the same basic story "off the record".
     
  10. trickg

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    I don't think he was saying that the statement - thin lips = high brass, thick lips = low brass - was true. I think he was asking the question about why there seems to be that incorrect yet persistent belief. I would liken it to the idea that the Bach Stradivarius is the "best" trumpet and the one that band directors tend to steer their aspiring players toward.

    Somewhere along the way the idea came to be that a thicker lipped person would be better suited to low brass than trumpet, and it has to have a source somewhere, even though anyone who really knows anything knows it to be incorrect.
     

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