3D look at the trumpet embouchure

First let’s see how some people think of embouchure. 1-D Some people think of a trumpet embouchure in 1 dimension. That is they think only about how long is the aperture or buzz. Yes this does affect what note is being playing but it is only a small part of the aperture. (1 front view of aperture length) (2 front view of aperture length) How long is the aperture? ie are you playing a low note or a high note. People who think this way tend to only rely on mouth-corner tension to play higher notes. Lip to lip compression has no place here. Every octave higher that we play; the size of the aperture is cut in half. Double Pedal C = 64 inches, Pedal C = 32 inches, Low C = 16 inches, Middle C = 8 inches, High C = 4 inches, Double High C = 2 […]

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Improving your high range and how to play the trumpet

Article by Clint “Pops” McLaughlin – reprinted from Windplayer Magazine issue #64 I think the biggest problem with playing high and endurance (both go hand-in-hand) has to do with being impatient. When you start learning how to play the trumpet as a kid, you want to get a bigger sound immediately, so rather than take the months and years it takes for a regular embouchure to get a big sound, you start opening your mouth wider than it really should be. And so you immediately get a bigger sound, but there is no way to add compression and get range out of it. The hole (aperture) is too big. Then when younger students try to play high, they use mouthpiece pressure and pull the horn into their face, because their lips are so open. It’s pretty much like stepping on a dough-nut: teeth on one side and mouthpiece on the […]

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Improve trumpet or cornet in days

Trumpet and Cornet advice Lip Buzz (no mouthpiece) 5 – 10 minutes a day. This will help you to go to a closed aperture setting for cornet or trumpets. Do it for 4 weeks and then you should stop. Too much buzzing can stiffen the chops some. I only lip buzz about a minute a day now. Put a pencil between your lips and push the lips together. The lips should hold the pencil straight out for 3-4 minutes a day. The muscles that really start burning are the ones you use to play high. Never do more than 4 minutes a day. Work on soft playing. So soft that you almost can NOT hear it. That will help you learn to control a small lip aperture for playing high on trumpets or cornet. Project the notes where they belong Low G rolls out of the bell Low C goes […]

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Apertures

Some of the statements about Bobby Shew are a little misleading because they are NOT complete. Yes Bobby Shew does use his tongue as you posted. BUT the story of his aperture does NOT stop there. He does buzz his lips (in practice as a warmup) and realizes the benefits of that buzzing. He even teaches some advanced (adult) students to lip buzz. He places a finger on each side of his lips about the distance of his mpc rim to isolate the buzz. As far as aperture settings there are several subsections of a touching embouchure. There are people who use a “Bulldog face” like Roy Romans approach to the Stevens. It is tight and to me pinched. They go from that tight setting to barely touching and everything inbetween. You asked about the benefits of a touching apeture. That is outlined below. First there is a vibration setup […]

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