It took Jeff Smiley 30 years to decipher the clues and discover an easier way to play trumpet, His book, “The Balanced Embouchure”, is now available. It is the . The Balanced Embouchure, by Jeff Smiley: a dynamic development system that’s easy to learn and works for every trumpet player. Order online!. I have had a copy of Jeff’s book “The Balanced Embouchure” for . In his ” Balanced Embouchure” book, Jeff Smiley says that he prefers to.

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During this time, I asked one of my trumpet colleagues about flexibility exercises that he could recommend that would help me with a performance of Stauss II at the then upcoming IHS Symposium in Cape Town. At worst, those extreme lip positions will creep into the normal playing.

Both notes are normally introduced into the lesson within the first few months to begin increasing the lip range of motion. Whoever shows up on his doorstep, that’s good enough for him I went in the opposite direction.

But he WILL force you out of old, locked-in ways of thinking. Previous Post Understanding Callet: The humanity is as far away from understanding the mechanics of embouchure save for some basics which get debated over and over by the scholars as ever. Back to your review. If you let go for the inner mouth shape, leave out the mouth corners pucking forward, and just roll in your lips, your sound will be quite thin. I may never understand it fully, but this I do know: Many entire chapters are printed there for evaluation.


Yes, the exaggerated lip movement exercises are done outside of your normal playing.

In the end, how I currently do things is a hybridization of all these things with my own ideas. First IMHO there is no bad embouchure book. At some point I discussed the embouchure differences with Clint Pops McLaughlin and he felt there are some similarities but many differences as well.

Anyway, for whatever reason, BE has worked for me bigtime. Good luck with your playing! In many cases, by the time you find out that something is not good for you – it is a habit in need of breaking.

But which ones are most important for the developing player? They’re doing it out of a love for trumpet and a love for sharing ideas about it. This is a universal principle, fundamental to making the instrument work properly. I have used many study methods baanced the years and put in the time. What misconceptions do I need to correct?

Tongue On Lips (The Balanced Embouchure Way)

And when you see progress, you just watch it with emmbouchure, and again, why do you need theoretical justification when it just works? Same with trumpet or trombone. Thanks for stopping by and making your comments. To again summarize my thoughts, and perhaps make my points clearer: First, there is not a lot written on embouchure form and function that can truly be considered scientific. The basic premise is that to tongue on the lips you need to touch your top lip with your tongue as a means of articulating notes.

Joy on the Balanced Embouchure

Just saying in case you missed it. What online resources have I missed? It is the core text of a projected series of books dealing with unique dynamic range of motion emboucuure. I believe this is what would be considered “upstream,” although I am still not sure what the difference between embouchhure and upstream. Furthermore, BE offers two exercises to re integrate these complementary movements, namely the snapping slurs, and Tongue-On-Lips. My students have proven, time after time, that it allows positive change to take place more easily.


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There are other blog posts here that cover this in more detail if you search for them. My original plan was to move to L. What I’ve wmiley is, not every student wants to get there, which is OK with me. BE has enabled me to enjoy playing more now than in my previous 43 years.

This is an “end result” target, much like a golfer thinking about the balnced landing in the hole, or the basketball player shooting a jump shop while concentrating on the bottom of the net. Aug 25, 7.

I wonder if there is anyone in the world who knows how players play normally. The book has the title, “The Balanced Embouchure.

The Balanced Embouchure: A Review – Wilktone

Leon Merian was a player with gorgeous tone through out his range and fronted a big band into his eighties yet he tongued through his lips not just up against his lips as BE seems to recommend but all the way through. Jeff may have a following, what we never find out is how many didn’t make it. Thanks for stopping by.