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Went to a local pro for a lesson - confused and disappointed


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Robert P
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SaxoTrump wrote:
I've experimented with all kinds of possible "normal shapes" for a week - no tone. To avoid misinterpretation - I don't mean I go by the shape, it's just semantics. I engaged my top lip as it should be. Be it a simple M-shape or a Maggio lips pursed shape. I made my embouchure straight across, corners firm, etc. and experimented with various degrees of lips tensing up in that position.

I'm not talking about anything weird - trust me.

If your fundamental setting is flawed, which I believe it is, it doesn't matter how many "shapes" you try, you're going to have flawed results.

For whatever reason you've been resistant to addressing this but if your bottom lip is sucked in - which I think it is, nothing you do is going to remedy the problem until you fix that bottom lip setting.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First thing, get the scar tissue removed. Been there done that, changed the game.


If you are stuck a a G top of staff then what you are doing is not working. A radical change might be in order. If your embouchure is the problem then this would be the place to start. It is all about mechanics. If they are not working then they need to be changed. This change might just feel awful… until it doesn’t. 10 years of reinforcing wrong is hard to stop. It has nothing to do with talent, it is a physical issue. I could spend 10 years trying to run fast… not going to happen. It is a physical issue.

Get surgery then don’t play for three months, Next find a teacher that has a beautiful embouchure, sound and approach. Charlie Porter comes to mind.

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