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    Embouchure help?

    Is it normal to curl in the bottom lip and move the mouthpiece down (putting the lips higher up) a tiny bit to play higher notes? While practicing I like to look in the mirror and I look very strange a lot of times while I play higher notes, my bottom lip is pretty much gone. Would you suggest attempting to change my embouchure to fix this, if it's a problem?

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    Re: Embouchure help?

    To me it was, but to someone else, that may be the ticket. Generally speaking I don't like to have my chops move much from register to register and mirrors just distract me. Daily battle of sorts.


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    Re: Embouchure help?

    Why are you looking in a mirror?

    Most trumpet players, even if they deny it, play with the upper lip over the bottom a hair or more.

    It's not a problem. Go spend some more time with your teacher and see what she says.

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    Re: Embouchure help?


    Regardless of whether you are taking lessons from a qualified teacher or not, what I believe you are describing is blowing "downstream" in the upper register. I find myself doing this sometimes, but I have been working on using the tongue arch and thinking "EEEE" or "AAWWW" which makes the tongue arch up and down for the pitch of a note.

    To answer your question, it does not matter what I or any one else does, it only matters that you have a comfortable embouchure; you can hit the notes correctly; and that you have the endurance to perform. have a picture on my desktop, that was taken last Christmas when our band played at a local church; and depicts the four trumpet players in the section. Each one has a mouthpiece set differently. Two of the trumpet players are professionals, and they both had different embouchures.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Embouchure help?

    If it works and it's not hurting your chops from too much pressure I wouldn't be too concerned. If you have an overbite you'll tend to go that way anyway.
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