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It took Jeff Smiley 30 years to decipher the clues and discover an easier way to play trumpet, His book, “The Balanced Embouchure”, is now available. It is the . The Balanced Embouchure, by Jeff Smiley: a dynamic development system that’s easy to learn and works for every trumpet player. Order online!. I have had a copy of Jeff’s book “The Balanced Embouchure” for . In his ” Balanced Embouchure” book, Jeff Smiley says that he prefers to.

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You shouldn’t seek out a teacher who will just tell you that you are doing everything all correctly and that you don’t need to work on growing. Do you go to gym because you normally go around with weights? But then again, without actually doing the exercises these explanations are just that.

The Balanced Embouchure: A Review – Wilktone

Embouchude, I was at or near first chair in high school concert band, and lead in jazz good to F. This is a universal principle, fundamental to making the instrument work properly.

He had sounded so much like the original Gerard Schwartz recording, that they were blown away. Alistair, emmbouchure raise too many points for me to get into just now. For example, there would be no way to grasp the quality that we call “light” if darkness wasn’t around to give us a point of reference. For others, performance may be the right choice. These notes are actually very easy for the average beginner to hit when proper instruction is given. His statistics come from teaching thousands of trumpet lessons over many, many embouchre.

It’s obvious to me, and to anybody who really looks at it, that mainstream trumpet teaching is a numbers game. I do BE for about 20 — 30 minutes a day then as I feel more warmed up I bring the placement of the top rim down until I get it to the correct position then I work finding how far back my corners should be and once I get that straight I am golden. 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.

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In many cases, by the time you find out that something is not good for you – it is a habit in need of breaking. Other elements from the Mechanics chapter are also questionable, although some of it may be related to a lack of accurate and common terminology to describe embouchure characteristics.

Eventually, I want to take this directly to band directors and say, “This is what works. I’ve studied with many trumpet teachers and every one of them gave smmiley a building block for my own personal structure.

Plus, I enjoy giving service! Best of luck with your trumpet playing! The problem was, I needed those specifics! I question whether this is really the best way for a player to learn this.

Isn’t starting beginners on double pedal C, and G above the staff, rather unusual? So, I would not dismiss the Balanced Embouchure method at all. A Rebuttal to my Balanced Embouchure Review.

Yes, my password is: Eventually my chops improved, through nothing but persistence. Whoever shows up on his doorstep, that’s good enough for him.

On the side note, it seems like there is a big disconnect between brass science and the application of the science to help real students. Thanks for your comments, Valerie. Thanks for taking the time to answer! To again summarize my thoughts, and perhaps make my points clearer: Will the heff be more positive or negative? I consider potentially it too dangerous. This sort of embouchure switch in the normal playing range almost always causes issues. Perhaps this player is doing it wrong. Hey, if a twelve year old kid can do it, then you can too!

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Descending shows the lips vibrate with more surface area and they are blown out away from the lips more. Home Embouchure Joy on the Balanced Embouchure.


There is an accompanying CD which has most of the book exercises on it. I played for two and a half months with this handicap before choosing to take a break to allow the injury to heal. All of them play unconsciously, often from an early age, and do not understand the stages of development a typical player must go through to make progress.

Tongue position, by learning to tongue on my top lip he calls it TOL it gets me thinking up keeping the tongue close to the point of attack during my normal tonguing which also helps me build compression. These exercises never worked well for me, but some students have found it helpful. Aug 23, 2.

We spent little time on it in lessons, as he preferred working on other aspects of his jefff. What siley the various methods is the “target” used by each teacher to most effectively trigger and promote this unconscious coordination.

To me, he was an archetypal character, larger than life, and a fabulous storyteller. Some trumpet ideologies, specifically the work of Embouchhure Reinhardt and Claude Gordon among others, strictly forbid this method of attack although it can easily be traced back at least to the methods of Jean-Baptiste Arban and Jules Levy. Aug 25, To remedy this, I developed exercises designed to exaggerate the normal lips range of motion, thereby increasing the lip’s ability to form more complex combinations of opposing motions shapes which more effectively promote a continuous state of balance within the context of dynamic activity.