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 Lower Lip Problems
Author: BrianC 
Date:   2010-06-11 03:07

In the past year I've been trying to rework my embouchure and I've been somewhat successful. But one thing keeps bothering me: the amount of lower lip I should take in. When I put the pressure point of my lower lip on the "border" between the lip and the skin (where most clarinetists have it), I get a dull, unfocused, and airy tone. When I place the pressure point around the middle of the fleshy red part of the lip I get a better clear, round, and warm sound. This, however, decreases my endurance and seems less comfortable. Also, the second way just looks incorrect because of the amount of visible lower lip. The first way seems to make my corners pull out too far, so that I get air leakage. In both methods, my chin remains pointed and my top lip remains the same, so the amount of lower lip only seems to affect my corners and tone. Could anyone give me some advice on what to do?

I play on a Vandoren M30 mouthpiece, with 3.5+ Rue Lepic 56 Reeds. I have a Buffet R13. One idea I did have was that my mouth piece required too much embouchure pressure for me, and so the only way to compensate for this is to have less lower lip between my teeth and the reed. Maybe I should get a different mouthpiece? If you agree, maybe specify what kind as well.

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