The Balanced Embouchure, by Jeff Smiley: a dynamic development system that’s The back of the book holds a CD with Jeff’s students playing the exercises. His book, “The Balanced Embouchure”, is now available. It is the core text of a projected series of books dealing with unique dynamic range of motion exercises . Glancing at the four photos of trumpet players on the cover of Smiley’s book It’s been brought to my attention that The Balanced Embouchure isn’t about a.

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Over a period of several months, all of my “problem students” – the one’s whose complex embouchures used to be a major challenge to deal with – resolved their basic lip position issues. It was sheer ignorance of fundamental embouchure mechanics, and there was nobody around who could help very much pre-internet! Here are others, or reiterations with sources. It wasn’t paralysis from overanalysis.

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Tongue On Lips (The Balanced Embouchure Way)

Tension is just as important as relaxation. If you are enjoying practicing because you have fun with the Balanced Embouchure, then it will work for you. All of the performers are teenagers, or younger. However, I will say the bunched chin vs flat intiqued me.

I studied BE for a period of approx. Regarding not trying the method, read above.

Anything more specific that I could add, has already been said before. I have used many study methods over the years and put in the time. You claimed to be a scientist, but made statements that are contrary to the scientific method. Naturally, I wanted to share this knowledge with other teachers. I have found that when I give service to balqnced, as in teaching trumpet, I don’t need to worry about it, that the effect is always predominately positive. First, there is not a lot written on embouchure form and function that can truly be considered scientific.


I finally switched to baritone just to get a sound out. Since I didn’t exactly know what I was doing, the result was total disaster. The college reps showed up at his high school a few weeks later, with piano player in tow, at the groggy hour of eight o’clock in the morning! The real answer is, balances are all complementary to one another.

In January ofafter a four-week break from playing, I was getting back into shape when a blister developed in the middle of my bottom lip in the area that sits inside the mouthpiece. What do you mean? I question whether this is really the best way for a player to learn this.

By 12th grade, the target is high G above high C. But I learned long ago that people in general tend to be resistant to new ideas – look how long that Farkas has dominated our trumpet education! My next step is to introduce a beginner book, designed like “Standard of Excellence” or other similar titles, but integrated with the BE range of motion exercises and a more progressive structure.

Some of the advice he gives can easily be misinterpreted and, in the case of asthmatics and folks on prescription drugs, can even be life threatening. A balannced embouchure offers a perfect example of this coexistence of opposites.

The Balanced Embouchure

Learn how your comment data is processed. And all too often, they are bookk inadequate to the task, as most players unhappily discover. A target is an action or goal intended to embluchure the student more easily bok several smaller puzzle pieces into a larger one, and not have to be conscious about every little thing.

I reviewed the book a while back and the note I would add to that is I think one of the things that BE concepts open up is an ability to achieve a greater range of motion in the embouchure. And yes, the whole purpose of the exercises is for them to creep into the normal playing over time. Just saying in case you missed it.

To remedy this, I developed exercises designed to exaggerate the normal lips range of motion, thereby increasing the lip’s ability to form more complex combinations of opposing motions shapes which more effectively promote a continuous state of bopk within the context of dynamic activity. From what I can tell, Smiley is even less qualified than I am.


So many teachers are “etude checkers”, who focus primarily on rhythms, technique, tuning, and melodic concepts. So, we start looking at manipulating the individual parts.

It took Jeff Smiley 30 years to decipher the clues and discover an easier way to play trumpet, a dynamic step-by-step method that works for everyone. A more accurate description is that when a player ascends the lips are drawn in closer to the teeth and less surface area embouchuure the lips vibrate.

Regarding if the method applies to trombone, Smiley seems to feel it does. Will the effect be more positive or negative? You are also welcome to share this post as you see fit. All I can do is offer my misgivings and hope that someone can address them.

The Balanced Embouchure: A Review – Wilktone

Facebook Twitter Reddit Tumblr Print. These targets, which are relatively simple to hit, help the lips to “wake up” from locked-in inefficient settings, eventually training the muscles to take on more complex characteristics.

It trains a smaller buzz area, it encourages the corners to come forward into a pucker and trains the bottom lip to stay more rolled out and in alignment with the top booo. Over the summer an interview was posted with hornist Andrew Joy on high-c.

Strength, power, flexibiility, range have all significantly improved. How is “The Balanced Embouchure” different from other methods? But I just discussed it with my colleagues and it seems like this term is used for mostly other disciplines but not math. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.