December 6, 2018


The Balanced Embouchure, by Jeff Smiley: a dynamic development system that’s The back of the book holds a CD with Jeff’s students playing the exercises. His book, “The Balanced Embouchure”, is now available. It is the core text of a projected series of books dealing with unique dynamic range of motion exercises . Glancing at the four photos of trumpet players on the cover of Smiley’s book It’s been brought to my attention that The Balanced Embouchure isn’t about a.

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I found that as Smiley discovered, playing high involves a heck of a lot more than deep breathing.

The Balanced Embouchure: A Review – Wilktone

I also want to publish a BE teachers manual, and several shorter books covering different aspects of playing. Regarding if the method applies to trombone, Smiley seems to feel it does.

He pulled the horn out of the case, ice cold, and started warming up on Roll-Out 4 he was in a hurry. But I learned long ago that people in general tend to be resistant to new ideas – look how long that Farkas has dominated our trumpet education! Are they all wrong?

Both notes are normally introduced into the lesson within the first few months to begin increasing the lip range of motion. How did this book project start? The next thing I would point out is how this player slides the mouthpiece to a lower placement every time he moves out of the pedal range.

The book has the title, “The Balanced Embouchure. This particular target, by the way, is often ineffective because there are a lot of ways to blow faster air, some obviously more efficient than others. Learn nalanced your comment data is processed. In life, you take actions which always have an effect on your environment and those around you.

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Tongue On Lips (The Balanced Embouchure Way)

My student had a good chops, so I simply gave him a tape of the Gerard Schwartz recording, and told him to copy it in every way, especially tone quality. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Eventually my chops improved, through nothing but blaanced. Good luck with your playing!


At first glance it would be easy to dismiss this chapter as having nothing to do with trumpet playing but when you get deeper into the process you realise this has to do embouchude the method of symptoms and solutions for health and brass playing.

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Tongue On Lips (The Balanced Embouchure Way) – Trumpet Planet

You might find that this works better in the long term. Maybe try finding what works for your upper register and work on bringing it down low instead. Personally, I believe there are other things trumpet players can practice that achieve the same things without the risks of playing on two embouchure types.

Same with trumpet or trombone. Again, the two octave scale is the test, and the top notes must be big and full. All these are just exercises for strengthening muscle groups and coordination. Although I am no Newton, I am sure that if this book enjoys any success, it is largely because of those players and teachers like Jerry Callet and Louis Maggio, who spent lifetimes figuring out stuff that I now take for granted. Thanks again for coming by and sharing your thoughts.

Yes, the exaggerated lip movement exercises are done outside of your normal playing. If you experiment with this idea then please feel free to comment below. At worst, those extreme lip positions will creep into the normal playing. He got a full scholarship, a free ride for four years. This correlates with embouchure problems too, by the way. However, this specific paragraph concerns me.

The bunched vs flat chin issue has been debated a lot on the forums and will probably embiuchure as long as trumpet forums exist. You are also welcome to share this post as you see fit. Your email address will not be published.

Joy on the Balanced Embouchure

But what most of us don’t consider is, opposites define each other. My next step is to introduce a beginner book, designed like “Standard of Excellence” or other similar titles, but integrated with the BE range of motion exercises emboychure a more progressive structure.

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. I showed this chapter to a friend who is a licensed S.


Previous Post Understanding Callet: By all means, continue to explore it and enjoy your time with it. For many reasons, college eventually became a dead end. Frustrated with the inability to play above the staff in a lyrical manner, I went back to the drawing board, trying to determine how to produce the sound I wanted above the staff. Thanks for your thoughts, Maarten.

Notice also how this player always stops to take a breath at the same point in the range between E and G on the top of the staff and in doing so is allowing himself to reset his embouchure. Professionals who have demanding playing schedules do not, as a rule, have loose corners, bunched chins, and multiple embouchures for different ranges.

Trumpet players who have the anatomy that makes one of the other two embouchure types work best would probably find practicing these exercises even more likely to lead to problems than a Very High Placement type, including setting the mouthpiece higher on the lips than they should be for the particular player.

Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. My research into embouchures and my playing and teaching experiences, for that matter are not limited to just trombone or even low brass.

Could you point me to some research on embouchure that is used in academia? Any scientist knows that the plural of anecdote is not evidence. Alistair, you raise too many points for me to get into just now. What a teacher can do to fix a broken embouchure is to prescribe some exercises that make embouchure move towards more or less balanced position. Back in those days some old school scientists felt the same way as you do about BE. His own early life as a trumpeter had been filled with turmoil from faulty embouchure instruction.