Adam & Weast test results

Experiments can be setup to prove something, to disprove something or to find out something.A trumpet professor at Indiana U, Bill Adam, did some experiments a few years ago with an air gun. He stretched a piece of leather and secured it very tightly over the mouthpiece of a trumpet. He then poked a tiny hole in the center which serves as the aperture. Then he used a compressor which blows highly accelerated air across the hole in the leather. He said it produced an extremely loud and high note, much like an air horn. He concluded that the sound produced by a trumpet is the result of sympathetic vibrations that are setup in the tubing. The more the air is accelerated the easier it should be to produce high notes. Mr. Adam did a great deal for trumpet playing but he was not using good scientific principles. Mr. Adam […]

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My chops are sore after every gig

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 are only taught by to people who have a viable embouchure. For people who need some embouchure help (fine tuning) the embouchure must be fixed before the gross muscle building program begins. Remember holding a pencil between your lips is not the same as playing. One is for gross muscle building while the other requires […]

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