Air leaking from the corner of the mouth

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by ..JB.., Dec 22, 2008.

  1. ..JB..

    ..JB.. New Member

    Should i be concerned that air leaks from time to time from the corner of my mouth when playing?
  2. hicks

    hicks Member

    I would say yes. Any air leakage from the mouthpiece means less air going through the instrument. In my experience this has happened to me when playing really loud dynamics. I only noticed it when using a practice mute. It's something I would try to eliminate if possible.
  3. Moy

    Moy Active Member

    Yip would worry - try folded pieces of cardboard - folded bits outwards.
    Worked wel for me when I played trumpet/cornet/flugel.
    No cheating and holding cardboard with teeth though.
    Helps strengthen the embouchure.
    Gospel according to DWJ;)

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  4. Bass Man

    Bass Man Active Member

    I had a similar problem until recently, I just bought a bigger mouthpiece
  5. Vegasbound

    Vegasbound Active Member

    As with your other recent posts....find yourself a pro teacher!!!
  6. I too have experienced something similar to this problem. two years ago i suffered from bells palsey and i coulndt play at all i had to tottaly re-learn how to play a brass instrument, i used to play cornet to about grade 7/8 and then i was on sub grade 1 on euphonium with my cornet position on the front row being filled in one week :( i origionally intended to come back to cornet with a vengence but i have decided to stay on tenor horn now :) unfortunatly i still cant smile and my embroshoure looks terrible and when playing loud and high i have a lot of trouble keeping my lips shut generally once i hit around super e at forte my lip just collapses.

    I find the best way is to every now and again play on the affected area just try a scale of c. This helps me im not sure if its applicable to your problem but its an idea. :p
  7. GeordieSop

    GeordieSop Member

    I used to have this problem a few years ago when i kept switching between cornet and soprano.

    Eventually i found out that it was becuase of me swapping between an RW3 (for cornet) and a VB 17C (for soprano)

    I still have a slight gap when i play but it's closing up every month i don't switch mouthpieces.

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