I have mucked around with a few ideas in terms of Embouchure again to see what I can and can not do comfortable. At the same time, I didn't want to be stuck doing it 'comfortable' way if that was actually the way I got used to which is actually the wrong way.
First 2 pictures are low C to middle C. Everything feels relaxed, and each note up only feels a 'touch' more work on mouth. So insignificant that I feel relaxed on both Low and Middle C.
When I go from the Middle C to the D, it feels like "a lot" more work than it did previously. I mean from Low C to C feels easier than C-D in amount of 'change' it feels like occurs. The Top Space E feels like my mouth is as tight as concrete. It feels 'very' hard to play.
Is this normal?
In the photos I have tried to show 2 possible ways of playing. In picture A, B, C, D it is me trying to keep the lips looking the same from low C to Middle C. (keep them in that loose look).
Picture A and B is me simply 'blowing the candles' out position.
As you see in picture C and D, they are at the Middle space C. The lips are still kinda 'puffed out' looking as in the blow candles out look of A and B picture.
Picture E, F, G, H are me going from the C to the E (4th space). You will notice the redness of my lips has now gotten 'slightly thinner', and looks a lot tighter.
Now I made an example in J and K photo which is my main concern between the 2 sorts of possibilities.
In photo J... you notice the shape of lips. Compare that to A and B which is me blowing out a candle shape.
As I go above the C in middle of staff up to the D and the E my mouth generally wants to do that. The center of the lips is softish, you can move it around even though its very firm behind it.
In photo K I tried to tighten my mouth for the D and E above the middle C without changing the lips from the "blow candle" out position. I get quickly sore in the corners of the mouth (jaw, inside, like when you smile too much and you get all tired in there, like cramp feeling) doing it this way. But the lips are very loose (red part) compare to the J photo. However, I find this very hard to play high and awkward (as said before) while the J picture feels natural to do that as you go up and doesn't kill the mouth (or the cheeks or whatever that side part is)
I would also like to add that in the K photo my bottom jaw (chin) starts to push out and become more 'flat' looking rather than my "blow candles look" when im very loose for low notes. While in photo J where I tried to go high and keeping exact same lip shape as blowing candles out, my jaw (bottom chin) is still pulled back as you will see.
So can anyone tell me which way of the 2 is right here?
Can someone post a photo of there lip in the Low C position and then blow a top space E and another another picture of how lips look then so I can see the difference?
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