Reduce trumpet mouthpiece pressure

Can I hold a horn by 1 valve cap and play a High F or G? Yes Can I play anything real with that little pressure? NO! You shouldn’t feel pain or soreness when playing or after playing. You can NOT just stop using pressure. You have to correct the reason that the pressure was needed first. Then after you have a close set embouchure, good breathing habits and good muscle strength you can work on reducing pressure. No pressure is NOT an option. LESS pressure is. The lips produce compression by lip against lip movement. They also can control the aperture by pulling the corners in to play high. As a pressure player you never allowed your lips to do that AS the excessive pinned the lips in place and they couldn’t move enough to make compression. This is why the muscles must be worked first. Play at a […]

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Stop using pressure

I want to stop using mouthpiece pressure When I don’t use the pressure my playing is not strong. You can NOT just stop using pressure. You have to correct the reason that the pressure was needed first. Then after you have a close set embouchure, good breathing habits and good muscle strength you can work on reducing pressure. Practice LIP Buzzing. It teaches you how to form your embouchure and makes the lips stronger. Do the pencil exercise for 3-4 minutes at a time. (Most pressure players can barely do a minute.) This builds muscle and shows you how to contract to play higher with less pressure. Play at a whisper. This works the lip aperture to aid in pressure reduction. Then play arpeggios using as little mpc pressure as possible to get used to both the feel and to allow the lips to LEARN how to flex and contract […]

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My lip is numb. Help.

A numb lip is a sign of way too much mouthpiece to lip pressure. If the CAUSE is taken care of then it may go away. It could take months for the feeling to return. If enough damage is done to the lip the feeling will never return. Continued abuse will also damage more than the nerves. It will injure the muscles and not only affect playing but also appearance and speech. This is VERY IMPORTANT. The mouthpiece to lip pressure has to stop TODAY !!! I would suggest a month off of the horn. Hopefully the feeling will return in this time. Horse flapping (a loose buzz) will help. If playing is to resume after a month off then I suggest lip buzzing. Lip buzzing (NO MOUTHPIECE) will teach a close embouchure setting and increase lip strength. This will make it easier to break the mouthpiece pressure that has […]

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Bad days

I was wondering why I have bad days? What can I do about them? This bad days thread has several related parts including embouchure, pressure, working on range, and normal off days. If your lips feel sore or tired the next day then you bruised them and there is some swelling present. That kind of soreness can only come for excessive mouthpiece pressure. What is normal and acceptable mouthpiece pressure for compressed lips (cushioned) is too much for flattened chops. You would be amazed at how many players set their chops and then unset (thin the lips and spread the embouchure) as they take a breath. This is the case in 75% of the cases that you described. No amount of lip pushups will cure this. Isometrics were only taught by Stevens to people who had a viable embouchure. For people who need some embouchure help (fine tuning) the embouchure […]

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Should your lips be sore after practice

Should you be sore after pratice or playing can be answered in one word. NO!!!!! The lips may be tired for a few minutes or the mouth corners for 15 minutes or so , but anything more that this is a sign that you have caused some damage. As for being sore until after the next days warmup. Well that is way off base. If you feel sore or tired the next day then you bruised them and there is some swelling present. A competent teacher would never advise a student to play until that level of soreness was reached. Also that kind of soreness can only come from excessive mouthpiece pressure. What is normal and acceptable mouthpiece pressure for compressed lips (cushioned) is too much for flattened chops. You would be amazed at how many players set their chops and then unset (thin the lips and spread the embouchure) […]

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