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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Discussion in ‘ Trumpet Discussion ‘ started by hohoAug 23, Aug 23, 1. Being new to the trumpet, I am still looking for the embouchure that works for me. I believe this is what would be considered “upstream,” although I am still not sure what the difference between downstream and upstream. Incidentally, that night I found trumpetteacher.

So I supposed I actually have three questions: Does the embouchure Balanved have started to find comfortable and useful seem sound from what I have embouchute What is this “upstream” and “downstream” style?

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Has anyone heard of this Balanced Embouchure book, and is it a decent one? Thanks for taking the time to answer! Aug 23, 2. There is no one size fits all for the human face.

Jeff may have a following, what we never find out is how many didn’t make amiley.

If you want to DIY embouchure, then you are on your own. In many cases, by the time you find out that something is not good for you – it is a habit in need of breaking. I always refuse online embouchure advice.

I consider potentially it too dangerous. I have found in my many years of teaching that fixing breathing and breath support does help most players find a good embouchure WITHOUT making a dedicated effort at changing the geometry.


You can search TM for upstream and downstream and find even more to confuse. The only advice that makes any sense is to get a teacher! Aug 23, 3. Aug 23, 4. Aug 24, 5. Aug 25, 6. Aug 25, 7. Aug 25, 8. First IMHO there is no bad embouchure book. They’re all equally good. Each of the trumpeters who wrote one of these wrote down in words a way of thinking that works for them. It may or may not work for you.

I have heard guys just slam the Claude Gordon book. I bristle at this even though the CG book may have actually hurt me in some ways. The book isn’t bad. I just didn’t get it.

Tongue On Lips (The Balanced Embouchure Way) – Trumpet Planet

Certainly the Smiley method may have helped some. It is certainly probable that it didn’t work for others. That’s just the nature of the beast. I would still encourage you to read about this stuff and check these ideas out.

This is how we learn about things. I’ve read many method books and tested them.

I go to hear clinics from my peers and try to sort out what they are doing. In the end, how I currently do things is a hybridization valanced all these things with my own ideas.

Jeff Smiley, “The Balanced Embouchure”

As to finding the best teacher, I would argue that you are in the same boat. If they don’t this doesn’t make the teacher a bad teacher. It just isn’t a good fit for you.

Here is a catch, though. You shouldn’t seek out a teacher who will just tell you that you are doing everything all correctly and that you don’t need to work on growing. In other words, it isn’t necessarily a good idea idea to look for a teacher who will just tell you what you want to hear. They might offer some ideas that sting at first. However if you NEED this, then work with it. In the end a teacher in ANY subject is really a coach.


YOU are the true teacher in that you have to take all of the ideas coming at you and synthesize them into your own way of working and embouchrue. I’ve studied with many trumpet teachers and every one of them gave me a building block for my own personal structure.

So, I would not dismiss the Balanced Embouchure method at all. Just learn from it.

Nobody is writing these books to make a lot of smileh There’s not enough of us for these jeft to sell baalnced many books as to get rich on them.

They’re doing it out of a love for trumpet and a love for sharing ideas about it. You might just pick up something useful for your own work. Aug 25, 9. Aug 25, IMHO most people don’t have embouchure problems. It’s a result of the real problem, not the cause. Every book that only focusses on embouchure like BE is therefore a bad book IMHO because it doesn’t fix the real problem. You must log in or sign up to reply here. Share This Page Tweet. Your name or email address: Do you already have an account?

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