Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by ..JB.., Dec 22, 2008.
Should i be concerned that air leaks from time to time from the corner of my mouth when playing?
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.
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.
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I had a similar problem until recently, I just bought a bigger mouthpiece
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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.
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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