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. If you skip ahead to 6:20 into the video you’ll get the closest look at her embouchure. You can see that the placement is quite high on the lips, with a great deal more upper lip inside the mouthpiece. Because of the predominance of the upper lip, you don’t really need to see her embouchure in a transparent mouthpiece to tell that it’s probably one of the two downstream embouchure types. The best clue, however, is the apparent direction of her embouchure motion. If you know what to look for, you can easily spot her pushing the mouthpiece and lips together up to ascend and pulling them down to descend. There is only one of the three basic embouchure types that makes this sort of motion, the Very High Placement type.
Her embouchure is also interesting because it is an excellent example of an embouchure motion that has an angular deviation in the general up and down motion. Her ascending embouchure motion isn’t just to push the mouthpiece and lips up, but she also pushes up and slightly to her left to ascend (this is fairly common). She also has an off-center mouthpiece placement. There may be some correlation between these two features, but as I’ve noted before, an off-center mouthpiece placement is actually more common than one perfectly centered.