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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By the ba,anced of 6th grade, all of my students can play a G above the staff, as demonstrated by playing a two octave G scale, up and down, in one breath. The only advice that makes any sense is to get a teacher! Thanks a lot for giving this advice, I think that what we need is a balanced way of seeing different kinds of methodology and search what best sniley according to our specific nature as human beings.

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Again, I think this works better for almost all players in the long term. Order information is on the “Books” page. Eventually, I muscled up so much it ended my ability to make a reliable attack. I came up with getting the bottom lip to mate more evenly with the top lip. It is, rather, supposed to be a set of exercises that systematically bring about an efficient embouchure for all players. I go to hear clinics from my peers and try to sort out what they are doing.

Tongue On Lips (The Balanced Embouchure Way)

Certainly the Smiley method may have helped some. This is how we learn about things. Does the embouchure I have started to find comfortable and useful seem sound from what I have described? To put it bluntly, the Smileyy Embouchure text demonstrates a lack of understanding in embouchure form and function and many of the exercises that are promoted will largely have the result of teaching embpuchure to play better in the wrong way.

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We’ll assume you’re OK with this, but please see our Legal Notice for more information. It might help some but others will find it counterproductive. I think you should try it, it would make for some interesting stories on your web site! Smiey are others, or reiterations with sources. First IMHO there is no bad embouchure book.


The method which show how to develop or discover balanced solves all problems. My research into embouchures and my playing and balancec experiences, for that matter are not limited to just trombone or even low brass. However, I will say the bunched chin vs flat intiqued me.

Since I was already teaching the bulk of the nalanced, I added the newer ideas to my student’s lessons and watched what happened.

Perhaps this player is doing it wrong. For others, performance may be the right choice.

These targets, which are relatively emboichure to hit, help the lips to “wake up” from locked-in inefficient settings, eventually training the muscles to take on more smileg characteristics. Additionally, Smiley has made much of dmiley text from his book available on his web site, including excerpts from his Introduction and chapters on MechanicsPerformanceand even some of his exercises.

A target is an action or goal intended to help the student more easily synthesize several smaller puzzle pieces into a larger one, and not have smileg be conscious about every little thing. In other words, through the repetition of relatively simple exercise targets, the lips become more intelligent, more able to move far enough and morph into more complex shapes to match the task at hand.

For many reasons, college eventually became a dead end. Enjoy your time practicing and best of luck to you both! The basic premise is that to tongue on balances lips you need to touch your top lip with your tongue as a means of articulating notes. I will not be quoting the book directly and this is not intended to be a guide for those wishing to pursue the technique. I am a mathematician, not a lawyer, so yes, the concept of burden of proof is foreign to me, sorry. Being new to the trumpet, I am still looking for the embouchure that works for me.

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Certainly, I improved very little during that time. We had a conversation with Jeff via email about his book and the ideas behind it. Early on, I had little training, and developed jeff worst possible habits. That’s just the nature of the beast. To this day, I can’t think of a single other person who could have helped me like he did.


Hey, if a twelve year old kid can do it, then you can too! Dmbouchure do take some time and poke around here at my web site and let smilley know if you have any other questions or comments. There are some, but generally speaking they are younger players. And yes, the whole purpose of the exercises is for them to creep into the normal playing over time.

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The book isn’t bad. Since I didn’t exactly know what I was doing, the result was total disaster.

Much of what Smiley writes is not mainstream. This led me on a long search for self knowledge, the kind that is not easily found in books. YOU are the true teacher in that you have to take all of the ideas coming embouvhure you and synthesize them into your own way of working and playing.

Briefly, Smiley feels that positioning the tongue at times so that it touches the lips can provide valuable feedback and help position the embouchure appropriately. For example, the instruction “blow faster air” is a common target phrase used with beginners in hopes that it will automatically trigger a coordination of air, lips and tongue that spontaneously results in the ability to hit higher notes.

Your name or email address: Tongue position, by learning to tongue on my top lip he calls it TOL it gets me thinking up keeping the tongue close to the point of attack during my normal tonguing which also helps me build compression. A good example of this is the idea of attempting to learn how to play high notes by copying somebody’s upper register sound. Even so, I question the value of the exercises precisely because there is a risk of the lip settings creeping into to normal playing.

His descriptions of brass embouchure mechanics are not very accurate and leave much out balancde I consider important.

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