Wet vs Dry

Do you play with a wet or dry embouchure?


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Here's the thing. I play with my the outside of my lips dry - I like the fact that the outsides of my embouchure are held firmly by the mouthpiece whilst inside the mouthpice all the mouvement takes place.

However, when we get nights (like in our concert last Tuesday) when it is so hot that you are sweating everywhere I find it much more difficult to play as my mouthpice just slides around everywhere. I couldn't play with my lips wet.

I do see players who have to wet thier lips before playing - I'm not sure how this helps??

Comments????
 
I have to agree with you, I cannot play with wet lips, they just slide all over the place and I dont feel in control of the instrument so it has to be dry for me.
 
I'd like for someone to give a technical explanation of which is best. I have no evidence that dry is best - it just feels better to me and I think (the poll will I think confirm) most other people.
 

groovy

Active Member
How strange! I am the only "wet" person so far. Its not vital to my playing or anything, I just don't feel comfortable playing with dry lips.
 

Naomi McFadyen

New Member
i never really thought about it too much....

*thinks*.... (i know it's dangerous for drummers to think, but hey!)

oh, I play other instruments too btw....

I wouldn't say I played my cornet with a dry embrouchure, but it's not completely soppy wet either! Has to be just right... Too much wet all round and you get spit galore down the instrument! Too dry and you suffer from a bad case of dehydration :p
 

Cornishwomble

Active Member
I'm not really sure about whether I'm wet or dry, not really noticed. I'm more aware or whether I'm dry in the saliva department.
If I cant get any saliva going, due to heat etc (last night concert was a hot one!) then I find it really hard to produce a note, it's especially hard to to precise tounging etc

Mind you the Stella afterwards soon sorted that out!
 
I play with a wet embouchure, but its not like dripping wet, i usually just lick my lips before i play, then wet the outside of my mouthpiece with my lips, it sounds weird but it works. If it's too wet then i stop playing wipe it then carry on, but i find it helps me when i need to play high notes etc. and for lip slurs, gives me more movement.

I don't know, i usually wet my lips etc. but it's not really a big thing if i don't. if you get me? i just suppose it's preferemce and whether it's comfortable, and if you have more saliva in your mouth, because i don't really. Right, ill shhhh now 'cause im confusing people...
 
aimee_euph said:
I play with a wet embouchure, but its not like dripping wet, i usually just lick my lips before i play, then wet the outside of my mouthpiece with my lips,
That's exactly what I mean when I say wet - I don't think anybody dribbles when they play (Do they??)
 

Naomi McFadyen

New Member
of course, drummers are known for dribbling whilst playing aren't they!?
That's how you can tell whether we're sitting or standing up straight!
If there's dribbling from one side, you know there's something wrong! lol


(for those who take their percussion and drumming playing really seriously, I apologise for any hurt or stress that this comment may have caused to you if you take these things personally... Or if you do actually dribble... I would like no complaints... Thank you)
 
Mike Saville said:
aimee_euph said:
I play with a wet embouchure, but its not like dripping wet, i usually just lick my lips before i play, then wet the outside of my mouthpiece with my lips,
That's exactly what I mean when I say wet - I don't think anybody dribbles when they play (Do they??)
I don't mean dribble like...i don't know!! i tend to dribble a bit when i triple tongue but its not like saliva pouring down me chin, its more like motuh full of saliva.
 
Well so people lick their mouth pieces, they lick their mutes, why not try licking your drumsticks before you play, may provide a new experience!!
 

sparkling_quavers

Active Member
dry definately.... i once got some suncream on my lips at a park job and then I couldn't play a note. As to those who play with lipstick on :? how do they do that?! :shock:
 

Borfeo

Member
I lick my chops before I play, but I think this really boils down to what you play
(Excluding percussionists, who tend to do Homer Simpson impressions up the back of the band.......mmmmmmm....................drumstick....aaggggggg)

I play the trombone, so it doesn't really make a lot of difference if my lips are wet or not, as my mouthpiece is big enough to not make it a factor, so I'd imagine most lower brass players would say wet. However, the cornet players are mostly saying they lose control when wet (Ooer) as the mouthpiece is connected to their lips, so they say dry. It's all a question of size!!?!!

Tricky.
 

amgray

Member
I have always played tenor trombone with a wet embouchure. Dennis Wick in his book "Trombone Technique" discusses this, he prefers wet. It seems to aid flexibility, especially for those of us with less than perfectly even teeth!!
 
Borfeo said:
I play the trombone, so it doesn't really make a lot of difference if my lips are wet or not, as my mouthpiece is big enough to not make it a factor, so I'd imagine most lower brass players would say wet. However, the cornet players are mostly saying they lose control when wet (Ooer) as the mouthpiece is connected to their lips, so they say dry. It's all a question of size!!?!!

Tricky.
I'm a trombonist as well - I'd argue that size does not make a difference. I'm not sure it is a size thing I know some tuba players that play wet and others that don't. I doubt any of them would be comfortable with a change. Also in my experience most low brass players also play dry??

It's a shame Bladder is flat on his back at the mo as I'm sure he wouid have some scientific input in to the debate. :(
 

Di B

Member
I am definitely a wet player! Why? I think when I started playing I found that it felt like my lips were sticking to the mouthpiece! It just felt wied to have a cold lump of metal stuck against your lips. Wetting your lips and the mouthpiece gets it to the right temperature to play and allows my lips to relax on the low notes and tighted on the high notes. If I played dry I would have to adjust my mouth on the mouthpiece to go from one to the other!

Size is all blokes talk about isn't it? :wink: I think there might be something there... not sure, I just know I have a big one (well, biggish.... a euphonium!!!)

We have a concert on Saturday... maybe I'll try the 'dry' technique!
 
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