Forming The Tuba Embouchure
As teachers, we know that if a student gets the embouchure correct in the beginning, he/she will have more success and less problems in the future. Without the foundation of a correct embouchure, the brass player will not be able to develop endurance, range or flexibility. On this page, you will find multiple ways of teaching the embouchure to students. Each way is a proven, reliable method. Multiple ways are being provided to accommodate individual teaching preferences for different teaching styles. Nobody likes to be told what to do, so options have been provided to allow you to choose which best suits you.
Embou-Sure Method by Stuart Turner (Full Article)
Tips and Suggestions
- The corners of the mouth. should be very firm and held in a natural position, not drawn back into a smile.
- The student should not puff out the cheeks because the corners of the mouth will not be able to set firmly. If a student puffs his/her cheeks, emphasize “gripping the imaginary tube”.
- The mouthpiece should be placed against the mouth while holding the jaw in a natural position. Have the student lean forward or backward with the tuba to find the place where the mouthpiece sits at a natural, comfortable angle.
Method from Teaching Brass: A Resource Method
- Keep the lips gently touching as if humming, and slightly forward.
- The jaw is low, relaxed, and very slightly forward.
- Place a finger between the teeth to get the feeling of the proper distance between the teeth.
- The tongue is very low and flat on the bottom of the mouth. The tip and sides should be below the bottom teeth. This is true for all registers.
- The throat remains open and relaxed in all registers.
- The chin is relaxed, not bunched or flexed.
- The muscles around the lips are slightly forward to create a cushion for the mouthpiece to rest on. Keep an equal, gentle pressure on both lips.
- The corners are firm and slightly forward. They should always be against the teeth.
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