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The Balanced Embouchure, by Jeff Smiley: a dynamic development system that’s easy to learn and works for every trumpet player. Order online!. The Balanced Embouchure Website – The Balanced Embouchure (BE) is a set of embouchure development exercises and practice. Over the summer an interview was posted with hornist Andrew Joy on . Joy mentioned The Balanced Embouchure as a factor in his.

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We had a conversation with Jeff via email about his book and the ideas behind it. First let me say that I have not galanced with Mr.

The next thing I would point out is how this player emvouchure the mouthpiece to a lower placement every time balancec moves out of the pedal range. I fully realize that there are similarities between all brass embouchures. Establishing standards for range development at different grade levels, and teaching the mechanics which allow those standards to be met, is a big priority in my philosophy. The BE exercises uses all these and more. But which ones are most important for the developing player?

These notes are actually very easy for the average beginner embouchurw hit when proper instruction is given. Let me get it straight. Again, I think this works better for almost all players in the long term. One of the best side benefits of hitting G above the staff early on, is that students, by direct experience, learn that playing above the staff is no big deal.


One result of BE development is increased range, with a big, fat, loud double G a realistic goal, on any mouthpiece or higher evenbut this is not the main aim, or done at the expense of anything else. I showed this chapter to a friend who is a licensed S. Professionals who have demanding playing schedules do not, as a rule, have loose corners, bunched chins, and multiple embouchures for different ranges.

Smiley has often said his passion is teaching not playing. Recently this question has come up in a couple of places in reference to my recordings of several Kopprasch etudes on YouTube. Leave a reply or cancel.

For many, BE has given them real improvement for the first time in years and now they can do things that they thought were impossible.

He is clearlynot qualified to recommend health advice. Suffice it to balamced, they work for those that use them.

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Later you changed your profession to be a mathematician, which is not the same thing as a scientist. Just saying in case you missed it. You will learn how to play the trumpet properly and learn to do things you previously thought impossible.

Do you go to gym because you normally go around with weights? To put it bluntly, the Balanced Embouchure text demonstrates a lack of understanding in embouchure form and function and many of the exercises that are promoted will largely have the result of teaching players to play better in the wrong way.


Back in those days some old school scientists felt the same way as you do about BE.

Since I was already teaching the bulk of the method, I added the newer ideas to my student’s lessons and watched what happened. He divides his text into two basic sections, an overview followed by his specific exercises.

I have used this method for years in the public schools, with students learning ways to improve which are often in direct contradiction to traditional methods, and yet the whole process is so smooth that embohchure is utterly invisible to the band director. No, incorrect analysis leads to paralysis.

Joy on the Balanced Embouchure

Another tenet is that you lips, once they learned the extreme movements, can subconsciously integrate the right amount of those movement into a normal playing.

That closing paragraph of your post is terrific. For most people, the changes are very subtle, and help their normal embouchure to work better without fundamentally changing it. Good luck with your playing.

So, we start embocuhure at manipulating the individual parts. The BE was built on the tenet that practice and playing are not the same thing.