Guess the Embouchure Type – Trombonist Jeremy Wilson

I wasn’t familiar with Jeremy Wilson’s playing or teaching prior to coming across his YouTube channel. He’s got a few performance videos on there as well as some videos where he discusses his philosophy of music practice and performance. There’s some really excellent and inspiring things there, you should explore it. All of the videos I watched were well produced too.

One of the videos I enjoyed very much was his performance of a piece called Tresin Terra, by David M. Rodgers. Wilson’s performance is amazing. His tone is consistent and beautiful across the entire range. His playing is not only technically impressive but also very expressive. The composition is also very cool. I was watching the video trying to look for Wilson’s embouchure type, but I kept getting lost in the music. Take a look and see if, like me, you had to go back to guess Jeremy Wilson’s embouchure type. I will put my guess under the break.

There are plenty of good views of Wilson’s embouchure. His mouthpiece placement has more upper lip inside, which makes it one of the two basic downstream embouchure types. His embouchure motion is a bit harder to spot, party because he moves around a bit while he performs and it’s a bit harder to spot the smaller embouchure motion when covered by a larger motion of his body. Watching closely I’m fairly certain that he is pulling his mouthpiece and lips down to descend and pushing them up to ascend, which would make his embouchure type the very common “very high placement” embouchure type. I think I even can spot some angular deviation in the up/down track of his embouchure motion where it looks like he pulls down and a bit to his right to descend. This sort of phenomenon is fairly common with players of all embouchure types.

I will have to check out more of Jeremy Wilson and David M. Rodgers, who I also had not heard of before seeing this video. I’m already a fan of both.

Paul T.

An interesting composition, and absolutely tremendous consistency of sound and pitch happening here. Can’t fault that! It’s got to be a tiring piece of music to play, as well.

To me, Jeremy Wilson looks and sounds like a medium high placement player. There’s not much motion visible (although I can see a few moments where you might have seen hints of the opposite kind of embouchure motion, I don’t think they’re telling).

Bruce Bevans

Hello David! I think Mr. Wilson is a great performer. He is a student of Jan and Vern Kagarice. I think he may be a Very High Placement player. I find that many High Placement players, if we see them playing in the middle register, might pass as a High Placement player, because the mouthpiece placement may look lower while they are mid way on their placement track. Horn angles can be deceptive, also. On a different note, your video about the Elasticity Routine is guite good. Doc usually added rapid chromatics after the elasticity, to give the feel of brushing past the partials, while slurring in the same range as just practiced.

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