I remember very well an old cornettist in CornyAndy's old band (though long before his time I think), who played out of the extreme right-hand corner of his mouth. Suspect it might have been the only place he had any teeth left. But it worked for him.
Bb Trumpets: Yamaha YTR-6335HSII - Flip Oakes "Wild Thing" - 1972 Getzen Eterna "Severinsen" - 1980 Boosey & Hawkes Sovereign Studio - B&S 3005 WTR-L - 1963 Besson 10-10 - Monke Mystery Horn - Spiri Vario
C Trumpet: Inderbinen Alpha 200
Bb Bass: 1961 Holton #58 "Symphony"
Wyrd oft nereš unfågne eorl, žonne his ellen dėah.
"Pypes, trompes, nakers, clariounes, that in bataille blowen blody sounes"
Maybe I missed it - if I did, mea culpa - but so far, the OP has not spoken to the band teacher and we have no idea what that band director's intentions were.
Also, the OP is likewise quick to diss the band director. We all (hopefully) love our children, but they do not always come home from school with the same understanding of some things that their teachers left them with. Who knows exactly what the band director said?
If he did give the kids the direction to play 50/50 this is not bad advice for them in their first few weeks of learning. Having had a private teaching studio, I've had some kids come to me with some pretty crazy embouchures and breath usages that they picked up by themselves. Which is better in the beginning of a group instruction; to send them home with - "put the mouthpiece at a 50/50 position", (which can be used later as a point of reference) or, "hey, there are a ton of different embouchures, so go home and just come up with something you think will work and come back next week"?
Maybe the band teacher really is a moron. Shouldn't we give him/her a chance to prove it himself, before falling guilty to the default position that, although we have only half the story - if that much - that the teacher is an idiot?
You can't blow it if you haven't lived it.
"Even if I could play like Wynton Marsalis, I wouldn't play like Wynton Marsalis."
Martin Committee (1956)
Connstellation 38B (1959)
LA Benge 3X (1970s)
Hans Hoyer G-10 Geyer Horn
Pops McLaughlin has a Youtube video out that is specific to proper mouthpiece placement for TRUMPET. I have had all my students watch this video because it is FULL of good information on proper placement and assists in finding your sweet spot. Not only may you want your daughter to watch this, (after you approve of it), you should forward it to the band director……
I've explained now to my daughter that she needs to listen to me for advice on how to play the trumpet and simply play what the director wants them to play in class.
Knowledge is freedom, and ignorance is slavery - Miles Davis
The difference between a beginner and pro mouthpiece is practice - tobylou8
Nobody has learned how to play the trumpet. It's endless. - Maynard Ferguson
Don't be afraid to try something different. The Ark was built by an amateur and the Titanic was built by a group of experienced engineers.
By the inch it's a cinch, by the yard, it's hard!
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