October 5, 2020

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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Also what you feel is right now, may be defunct later. How else would one create statics?

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. How is BE different from other methods?

Tongue On Lips (The Balanced Embouchure Way)

He does mention emboucbure large lip player may need to focus on roll-in before working on roll-out but that about as specific as it gets for different embouchures. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Since I was already teaching the bulk of the method, I added the newer ideas to my student’s balancee and watched what happened.

This is realistic for anyone using BE, as is a rich, full tone, and the endurance to play for hours. There are no magic exercises that can fix a broken embouchure because different embouchures require different corrective procedures.

These targets, which are relatively simple to hit, help the lips to “wake up” from locked-in inefficient settings, eventually training the muscles to take on more complex characteristics. The method balannced show how to develop or discover balanced solves all problems. My trumpet teacher does not approve of BE — what should I do?

He seems relatively unconcerned about his reputation among teachers, or whether or not his methods will ever be accepted by a wider audience, or even taught outside of his own studio. Thanks Nick — I agree.


It is new, published only inand not yet distributed widely. Naturally, I wanted to share this knowledge with other teachers. If you let go for the inner mouth shape, leave out the mouth corners pucking forward, and just roll in your lips, your sound will be quite thin. Also I played the trombone and still play it once in a while.

But the long-term reward is that the development of your embouchure will be no longer obstructed by fundamental faults. But I just discussed it with my colleagues and it seems like this term is used for mostly other disciplines but not math.

The Balanced Embouchure – Frequently Asked Questions

Do you go to gym because you normally go around with weights? Consequently, I do not feel prepared at this point to make anything other than very general comments about the subject.

Notice also how embouhure player always stops to take a breath at the same point in the range between E and G on the top of the staff and in doing so is allowing himself to reset his embouchure. Thanks again for your thoughts.

Even so, I question the value of the exercises precisely because there is a risk of the lip settings creeping into to normal playing. Good luck with your playing. By 12th grade, the target is high G above high C.

Some of the specific concepts will always be a bit controversial but there is a big picture he gets at, one element being that to play high and to play low you have to get out of your mid-range setting and another being you have to think outside the Farkas box at times. Plus, I enjoy giving service! Enter your comment here I think that the relative positioning of my approach is easier to understand when placed in the following context: I also want to publish a BE teachers manual, and several shorter books covering different aspects of playing.

She found several misleading or false statements just skimming through a couple of pages. Many entire chapters are printed there for evaluation. The BE book has been a game changer for me, I think the three things that have helped the most from BE for me were. Thanks for stopping by and letting us know more about your experiences.


Let me get it straight. Do I really need to cite a source for this?

Looking at the Kopprasch videos, I think what generated the questions about The Balanced Embouchure is that viewers noticed how my embouchure changes from one register to another, particularly when getting into the low range, where I have a pretty noticeable shift.

Greer play live was in at the Kendall Betts camp. Could you quote me something of what he wrote that is misleading or wrong? Lightly touching the tip of the tongue on the upper lip and releasing it in a quick but gentle manner is a good method for beginning tonguing. Over a period of several months, all of my “problem students” – the one’s whose complex embouchures used to be a major challenge to deal with – resolved their basic lip position issues. I found an article by David Wilken, whose opinions I respect, that seemed to disagree with a number of BEs […].

I had learned a wide assortment of techniques bag of tricks that enabled me to help just about anyone, although the laws underlying those techniques universal principles were yet a mystery. The BE was built on the tenet that practice and playing are not the same thing. The bunched vs flat chin issue has been debated a lot on the forums and will probably continue as long as trumpet forums exist.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Jerry may – or may not – embarrass you if you hang around him long enough. But a high percentage of students – perhaps most – need more.