Guess the Embouchure Type – Wild Bill Davidson and Ashley Alexander

It’s time for another “Guess the Embouchure Type.” This time I’m going to take a look at trumpet player Wild Bill Davis Davidson and trombonist Ashley Alexander and see if I can guess which embouchure type they have. Take a look at the below video and see what you think. My guess after the break.

Wild Bill Davis Davidson is a tough one, while Ashley Alexander’s is quite easy to spot.  Continue reading Guess the Embouchure Type – Wild Bill Davidson and Ashley Alexander

Brass Embouchures: A Guide For Teachers and Players Take 2

Here is a cleaned up version of my 50 minute video presentation called Brass Embouchures: A Guide For Teachers and Players.  While I’ve had this presentation up on YouTube already, I had to split it into 6 parts when I initially posted it.  Later I tried to post it in a single video, but the audio and video didn’t sync up towards the end.  This time I believe it should work just fine all the way through.

Guess the Embouchure Types: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Brass Quintet

Tip of the horn to John B. for spotting this video of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Brass Quintet.  Back in high school I took a semester of Japanese and recognize the characters in the video as the kana.  I gave up after a short while trying to work out which of the orchestra’s brass players are performing here, so if anyone knows and can supply us the names of the individual performers, please leave a comment. (Update – Dan F. worked out the trombonist, it’s Jorgen Van Rijen.  Thanks, Dan!)

You can get a pretty close look at all five of their chops in this video, but it’s tough to spot all of their embouchure motions because most of the time there isn’t enough of a range change at that moment in the music to see one (this is why in my videos I demonstrate this with octave slurs, it’s a large enough interval to clearly see them).  Still, we can make an educated guess based on mouthpiece placement and there are a couple of points in the video where you can spot a player’s embouchure motion.  Take a look and make your best guess of their embouchure types.  My speculations after the break.

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Guess the Embouchure Type: “ptarus”

Here’s another guess the embouchure type YouTube video, from “ptarus.”  He posted the following short video of him playing a slur over four octaves on trombone with a very good look at his mouthpiece placement and embouchure motion.  Take a look and see if you can guess what his embouchure type is.

If this is you (you know who you are), you’re not allowed to guess! Continue reading Guess the Embouchure Type: “ptarus”

Guess the Embouchure Type: Bob McChesney

First, sorry for the lack of regular updates lately.  As things so often go, I got slammed with grading and class prepping and then wanted to unplug for a bit.  I hope all the U.S. readers had a pleasant Thanksgiving.

Today I’m going to try to guess Bob McChesney’s embouchure type.  McChesney is a fantastic trombonist (as you’ll hear in these videos) and also the author of a very popular book on the jazz trombone technique of doodle tonguing.  Here is McChesney playing one of the parts for his arrangement on I Love You.  As you watch, see if you can guess which of the three basic embouchure types he is.

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Guess the Embouchure Type – Tubist Øystein Baadsvik

It’s time for another one of my installments of “Guess the Embouchure Type.”  This week I’m going to see if I can tell what embouchure type the great Norwegian tubist Øystein Baadsvik belongs to.  Take a look at this video of him playing the Vittorio Monti version of Czardas and see if you can tell.  Although he moves around a lot, making it tough to get an easy look at his chops, beginning around 3:35 into the clip you should be able to spot enough to make an educated guess, if you know what to look for.

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Guess the Embouchure Type – Hornist Nury Guarnaschelli

It’s time for another installment of “Guess the Embouchure Type.”  Today, I’m going to try to guess the embouchure type of German hornist Nury Guarnashelli.

As always, you need to take this with a grain of salt, but there’s a close enough look at her embouchure that I can state pretty confidently that she belongs to a Very High Placement embouchure type. Continue reading Guess the Embouchure Type – Hornist Nury Guarnaschelli

Bob Brookmeyer – A Closeup Look At His Chops

I’m going to play Guess the Embouchure Type again.  Today it’s the great valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer.  Here’s a video of him playing with guitarist John Scofield.

There are a couple of moments in the video (1:31-1:41 and 2:52-3:03) where the camera focused on his embouchure.  Based on such a close look, I can take an educated guess about which embouchure type Brookmeyer has. Continue reading Bob Brookmeyer – A Closeup Look At His Chops

Wes Funderburk – A look at his chops and his podcast

I’ve been checking out trombonist Wes Funderburk for a while now.  He has a really neat podcast called Blog Sounds full of great trombone playing and composing.  He also posts sometimes over at the Trombone Forum.

The other day I came across one of his YouTube videos that provides a pretty good close-up look at his chops.  Embouchure geek that I am, I thought I’d play one of my favorite games – guessing a brass players embouchure type.  Check out his “Pavilion Improvisation” and see what you think.

What a great player!

Because of the camera angle, it’s a little hard to get a good look at the ratio of upper to lower lip inside the mouthpiece, but I think it’s a pretty good guess to say his embouchure is one of the downstream types because there is more upper lip inside.

The real clue in this case is the apparent direction of his embouchure motion.   Continue reading Wes Funderburk – A look at his chops and his podcast