Common Brass Embouchure Traits
The embouchure on each brass instrument must be formed differently. However, all brasses share six common embouchure traits:
- The oral cavity (the inside of the mouth and throat) must be open and relaxed, with the tongue on the bottom of the mouth.
- The jaw should be down and firm. It should be flat or pointed, depending upon the facial configurations; and the upper and lower teeth must be approximately aligned.
- The aperture in the lips should be oval in shape. This shape should occur naturally with the proper balance of pucker and firmness in the corners of the mouth.
- The lips should be together, but not pressed together. The corners of the lips should be firm and in a “frowning” position.
- The mouthpiece must be placed correctly on the lips.
- The lips should be moist to aid in flexibility.