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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What I’ve found is, not every student wants to get there, which is OK with me. Angelo, mi Espanol es muy mal. There is an accompanying CD which has most of the book exercises on it.

Anyone ever hear Lowell Greer play back in his hay day? Sure, you have a right to do so, we all like to label things and dismiss as wrong.

All I can do is offer my misgivings and hope that someone can address them.

Descending shows the lips vibrate with bwlanced surface area and they are blown out away from the lips more. Leon Merian was a player with gorgeous tone through out his range and fronted a big band into his eighties yet he tongued through embouchurw lips not just up against his lips as BE seems to recommend but all the way through. For those for whom the standard approaches are working, though, a major overhaul and starting all over is something of a threatening prospect. My concern is with the thousands of players each year that receive inefficient instruction, which results in a pitiful low level of achievement, generation after generation.

Without having a good understanding of brass embouchure function, practicing the exercised contained in The Balanced Embouchure are going to be hit or miss at best. Your email address will not be published. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. To put it bluntly, the Balanced Embouchure emboucgure 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.


BE decomposes the complex embojchure movement into two muscle groups, than can balabced separately trained: My student had a good chops, so I simply gave him a tape of the Gerard Schwartz recording, and told him to copy it in every way, especially tone quality.

Phase two, bakanced we’re at now, is steadily embouvhure the book out there, and building an international core of players who are successfully overcoming their embouchure challenges. For me, the low register is more a function of pivoting the angle of the mouthpiece and slightly dropping the jaw. I simply wanted to put out my honest criticisms in the hope that someday Smiley or someone else can address them.

This is where the beauty of the idea comes into play.

Joy on the Balanced Embouchure

It is a set of exercises that complements ANY balancd type. This is almost universally recommended by brass teachers too. They are responsible for an astounding array of activities, sometimes even in opposition to themselves! This correlates with embouchure problems too, by the way.

I would like to share my experience with BE to you. Back to your review. Here are others, or reiterations with sources. BE leads to great improvement in ALL aspects of trumpet playing — tone, endurance, clarity, articulation, flexibility, dynamics, and range.

The Balanced Embouchure – Frequently Asked Questions

Does it benefit you or anybody else? My embouchure was ruined many years ago by one of those teachers. 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. BE is not designed to tear down what we have, but to build upon and enhance the efficiency of what we already have.


Who is using BE?

My main complaint with his description of proper embouchure mechanics is his revolutionary hypothesis that tight corners create a flat chin and that this is only useful for 3 in 10 players.

In life, you take actions which always have an effect on your environment and those around you. They apologized for the early hour, but asked my student to go for it anyway, and just do his best.

What online resources have Emboucjure missed? Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The college reps showed up at his high school a few weeks later, with piano player in tow, at the groggy hour of eight o’clock in the morning! I have also seen players play very well with bunched chin. I have seen players bslanced take pedals very seriously play very well- Gordon, Caruso students. Complex targets tend to quickly pull together bigger chunks of the puzzle, but the resulting organization may be unbalanced.

Do you use The Balanced Embouchure? – James Boldin’s Horn World

His average motivated high school students years old have a playable performance range of G over high C, played loud and full, and he does NOT specifically select talented students. His piece was “Bride of the Waves” by Herbert Clarke.

At some point I discussed the embouchure differences with Clint Pops McLaughlin and he felt there are some similarities but many differences as well. Thanks for stopping by and letting us know more about your experiences.

It is not a magic bullet that will fix all problems overnight — it takes practice and patience. Will print out your post and keep it with the book.

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