Hello everyone, my name is David. I am currently a senior at my high school. I have always been towards the top in my class, but have never felt like I have the skills to keep me going post high school.
I don't know why, but no matter how much I play my mouthpiece wont stay on my mouth. It feels like I have no control in my top lip, or just that all my muscles or missing. It just keeps slipping off! Hand positioning is definitely not the problem. I have come to face the fact that maybe I'm not physically able to play, and to put away the 8 years I've been playing...but I can't.
More in depth with the problem though...when I play it feels like I am hardly buzzing. I put on one of the "mouthpiece simulators" (where they can see the other side of your mouth) and showed it to two different teachers whose response was surprisingly the same. (Here, let me take a few pictures and show it to my friend.) They also say that my buzz is so weak to the point where it's hardly even a buzz. My airstream while free buzzing is right down my chin and hits my chest. Attempting to bring out my lower jaw to send the airstream right down the middle of the horn just results in my original dilemma...my top lip slipping right off with no control.
I understand that the middle should be loose, with the sides tightened. I think my middle may be a little too tight, but without the extra tightness in there, my top lips falls right off once again. I understand all the proper breathing after my two teachers who insist on hitting that point before anything else and it all works PERFECT until my lips hit the horn. Occasionally my bottom lip will even flutter against the bottom of my mouthpiece completely shutting down my sound.
I am pretty flexible with my playing, but have no volume, endurance, or precision. This isn't because of lack of practice either. Maybe though, it's lack of GOOD practice. If I'm practicing with a terrible embouchure, then it is useless right?
SORRY if this seems like nothing but a mindless rant, and I thank all these who have read. After 3 years of troubles (this started upon entering high school) it's just too much to handle alone.