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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I am only a few exercises in and I can tell you that no other study has even come close to improving my overall playing the way BE has done.

Shows the value of your having new comments over embochure the right. The tongue is not regular held in contact with the jecf like a TCE setting may be, but rather only the tip of the tongue strikes the inside of the top lip to articulate. Just being around him was fun, which, I realize in hindsight, was actually the main benefit I received from studying with him.

I’ve studied with balqnced trumpet teachers and every one of them gave me a building block for my own personal structure. I have chosen to put most of my energy into trumpet teaching rather than playing. Descending shows the lips vibrate with more surface area and they are blown out away from the lips more.

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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! It may or may not work for you. But he WILL force you out balanved old, locked-in ways of thinking. Could you quote me something of what he wrote balancfd is misleading or wrong?


At some point I discussed the embouchure differences with Clint Pops McLaughlin and he felt there are some similarities but many differences as well. As for the notes that are higher still, they understand how to get them – and exactly what tools to use – if they choose to put the energy into it.

Tongue On Lips (The Balanced Embouchure Way)

embouchjre Best of luck with your trumpet playing! Before we start talking about your book, could you please tell us a bit about your background as a trumpeter and teacher?

Whether or embouchurw this method is of value is only for you to try and decide. Additionally, Smiley has made much of the text from his book available on his web site, including excerpts from his Introduction and chapters on MechanicsPerformanceand even some of his exercises. He is clearlynot qualified to recommend health advice. Or multitasking, which is a completely different phenomenon than analysis.

Was it hard to do? He pulled the horn out of the case, ice cold, and started warming up on Roll-Out 4 he was in a hurry. In the acknowledgments, you say that without the help, inspiration, and genius of others, this book would never have been conceived.

Much of what Smiley writes is not mainstream.

In this case, as it is with most systems using simple targets, the hope is that if you focus on it consciously for long enough, the individual movements will eventually become automatic more unconsciousand then emhouchure can go about your business of playing the horn. Maybe try finding what works for your upper register and work on bringing it down low instead.


Thanks for galanced a discussion about this and I hope my point of view makes sense and helps shed some light of this method. Again, there is nothing wrong with that either. How is “The Balanced Embouchure” different from other methods? 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. He had sounded so much like the original Gerard Schwartz recording, that they were blown away.

Smiley stated that the girl on the cover had usable range to high C.

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Tongue On Lips is an idea that originates, at least in the twentieth century, in the teaching of Jerome Callet. A trumpet embouchure offers a perfect example of this coexistence of opposites. In the end, how I currently do things is a hybridization of all these things with my own ideas. The more unique exercises rely heavily on playing pedal notes.

What online resources have I missed? Do you expect to get similar reactions? Please do take some time and poke around here at my web embiuchure and let me know if you have any other questions or comments. I finally switched to baritone just to get a sound out.

Aug 23, 4. I found an article by David Wilken, whose opinions I respect, that seemed to disagree with a number of BEs […].