I don't know if anyone can help but I am a cornet player who is after some advice. Basically, the thing is, a few years ago I had a trumpet teacher who got me to completely change my embouchure. (I used to play with my instrument very high in an upright position, with lots of pressure, and apparently curled my lip in a funny way) My teacher got me to go right back to basics with a completely new embouchure - buzzing, long notes, less pressure etc. At first it was like when I first picked up a brass instrument when I was about 10 years old – on my new embouchure I could play about 5 notes! For about a year everything went very well though and by the end of the year, in many ways, I was playing better than I had ever played before. But then it all went wrong! My lips went really sore and painful, even when I wasn’t playing. The more practice I did the worse I sounded and I felt like I was constantly fighting to get anything to come out of the instrument – it was almost as if the air was coming back at me in the opposite direction! I tried taking short breaks of a few days or a few weeks but this only resulted in minimal improvements. In the end I stopped playing completely for about a year and a half because it seemed like the only option left. About a year ago I started playing again and I joined a brass band again. I think that over the last year I have made a lot of progress towards getting my playing back to normal. I am fairly sure that any damage that I may have done to my lip previously has now healed. But I am still not happy. I still can’t play as easily as I used to be able to. My lips still go tight and unresponsive sometiimes. I feel like I am almost there but not quite. This is why I have decided to take a few months out from playing in a band to get this sorted once and for all, so that I can fully enjoy playing again. In particular I would love to see some sort of brass physician so that I can reassure myself that my lips really are physically ok now. I have bought a book called ‘Embouchure Rehabilitation’ by Lucinda Lewis that contains useful advice and exercises. It also mentions a brass physician in America – but that’s not very helpful to me in England! So I was wondering if anyone knows of any similar experts in the UK? The Lucinda Lewis book is good but I want to find out as much information as possible, so I am wondering if anyone can suggest any other books on the ‘mechanics’ of brass playing and dealing with lip problems/injuries? Finally, if anyone else has experienced similar problems I would love know how you dealt with them.