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    Moist or dry mouthpiece

    Wlfgng's post about humidity brought forth some replys about a dry mouthpiece. I have always licked the MP before playing. Maybe that is why I am having air and range problems. I will try playing "dry" and see if it can be done and if it helps or hinders.
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    Re: Moist or dry mouthpiece

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    If your lips get wet that normal. why would you want to lick your mouthpeice?
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    Re: Moist or dry mouthpiece

    I was always a dry player until I got a new teacher who said I needed to lick my lips and play wet. I wish I had never done that. Always have wet lips and I can't go back to the old way.
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    Re: Moist or dry mouthpiece

    what's so bad about having wet lips? i lick my lips, is that a bad habit?

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    Re: Moist or dry mouthpiece

    This, to me, is one of those overthinking things.

    Your lips are going to be what they're going to be. Conditions may apply dependent on relative humidity. Just play.

    IMO, a proper embouchure is not dependent on wet or dry or whatever lips. Find a strong, reliable embouchure stance and put the horn on your face and blow. Less thinking of "wet or dry" or any other thing that is ultimately out of your control in any environment -- and more thought on music is always the direction I would head someone.

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    Re: Moist or dry mouthpiece

    Moist lips supposedly gives you a better seal against the mouthpiece. At least that's the theory. I was better off playing dry. However, I am pretty sure there are some pretty famous players who played with moist lips. Probably equal. I guess, if it works don't fix it. That's my motto.
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    Re: Moist or dry mouthpiece

    Playing dry or moist is your choice. None of them are wrong. Some professionals say its wrong to play with wet lips but thats there opinion. There are no rules in trumpet playing. who ever invented the trumpet didn't write any rules. both work and none are wrong. most people just feel more comfortable to play with dry.
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    Re: Moist or dry mouthpiece

    If you are dependent on playing with dry lips, playing in a warm, steamy environment will be devastating. That may sound like extreme, unlikely conditions, but I've encountered them at outdoor concerts and at lots of inadequately-ventilated clubs.

    Being dependent on playing on wet chops has limitations too, but I've been able to deal with them (so far) with lip balm and always having water on stage.
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    Re: Moist or dry mouthpiece

    I always lick my lips before I put the mpc up. been doing for so long I can't remember when i started. I don't like the feel of dry lips against the mpc. I don't like to "grip" the mpc with my lips. I don't have any problems with range.
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    Re: Moist or dry mouthpiece

    Is this what Maynard meant when he said he "gripped" the mouthpiece? Or something entirely different not based on moisture?

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